Much Ado about Grubstake

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Much Ado about Grubstake

By Jean Ferris

Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152057060, 265pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2006

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
JEAN FERRIS has written more than a dozen novels for young people, including the popular Marigold trilogy. Once Upon a Marigold was named an ALA Notable Children's Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing title.Ms.Ferrislives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at