Much Ado about Grubstake

By Jean Ferris
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152057060, 265pp.)

Publication Date: August 2006

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Description
Grubstake is a grubby down-on-its-luck mining town filled with grubby down-on-their-luck miners. So when a decidedly nongrubby city slicker shows up and offers to buy the tapped-out mines, the miners are sorely tempted. But not Arley, the brash sixteen-year-old girl who runs the boardinghouse. No, Arley smells a rat. What could some fancy-britches rascal want with empty mines? Is there more in those desolate pits than the Grubs realize?Like Jean Ferris's popular "Once Upon a Marigold, " this lighthearted, endearingly goofy story is packed with quirky, lovable characters and piercing insights.



About the Author
After receiving her MA in Music History and Literature at Arizona State University, Jean Ferris taught Music History and Appreciation at ASU. In addition to her work at the University, she has been involved with the music community by serving as a church choir director, singing with the Phoenix Symphony Chorale, playing the organ, and touring to Japan with her high school handbell choir--apparently the first handbell choir to perform in that country.

Ferris is the author of two books: "Music: The Art of Listening" and "America's Musical Landscape".
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