I Am Lavina Cumming: A Novel of the American West

I Am Lavina Cumming: A Novel of the American West

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Overview

Lavina Cumming has spent her entire first ten years of life on the Bosque Ranch in Arizona Territory with her mother and father, five brothers, and her black mustang pony, Chummy. When her mother dies, her father decides it would be best if Lavina went to live with her aunt, where she can be brought up as a lady.
Starting off at dawn on September 16, 1905, Lavina travels by train to Santa Cruz, California. Armed with the Cumming family motto—"courage"—she arrives in a world of two-storey houses, automobiles, a new school, and her cousin, "awful Aggie." Trying her best to settle in, Lavina is torn by her hopes to return to Arizona and be with her father. She is as shocked as everyone else by the great earthquake that nearly demolishes the nearby city of San Francisco. In the aftermath of the quake, she must make a big decision about her future. Based on the true story of the author's grandmother, the book includes a short afterword by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571316554
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication date: 05/28/2005
Series: Historical Fiction for Young Readers Series
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 661,321
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 13 Years

About the Author

Susan Lowell's family has lived in the American West since Gold Rush days. She is the author of several picture books for children, including The Three Little Javelinas, a Reading Rainbow Book, The Bookmaker and the Elves, winner of a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, and Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella, also winner of a Spur Award. Her novels for older children are I Am Lavina Cumming and The Boy with the Paper Wings. She and her husband and their two daughters divide their time between Tucson, AZ, and a ranch near the Mexican border.
Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada): Tuscon, AZ

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I Am Lavina Cumming: A Novel of the American West 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
Lavina (pronounced with long "i" sound) is a young girl of Scottish descent who grew up as a cowgirl in the Arizona desert speaking both English and Spanish; she's now off to California to live with her aunt to learn how to be a lady. The summary sounded interesting and I enjoyed the first few chapters as they flew by. For the most part I enjoyed it until the Halloween chapter, then came the story of the witch who ate babies (not very amusing). I did like the rest of the book though. The author used great storytelling abilities to weave in flashbacks and family stories right into what was currently happening. The descriptions in the book tell many accurate facts of the historical time period, including the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago