The True Story of a Ghost Town
Publication Date: April 2003
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Long ago, in a proud desert town named Rhyolite, businesses thrived and children played and people had dreams that were big and grand. But Rhyolite survived only a few years before those dreams were dashed and the desert reclaimed the town. Now the streets are populated by laughing coyotes and the ghosts of happier times. What happened to this once-prosperous place? In fluent, compelling verse, this unusual and witty picture book tells the story of the rise and fall of a real-life Nevada town built near the site of a famous 1904 gold strike. Dramatic woodcuts by David Frampton bring this haunting tale of a ghost town stunningly to life. Author’s note.
"Diane Siebert is a poet of the American landscape....an engaging story written in steady meter and perfectly rhymed couplets." NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW The New York Times Book Review
"recounted in Siebert's narrative verse and enhanced by Frampton's colorful woodcuts...A wonderful example of a well-crafted picture book." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal
"insistent beat seems perfectly pitched...a haunting riff...woodcuts conjure the desert's dusk and heat...scrupulous in...attention to detail..." PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Perfectly captures the roughness and elegance...the excitement and melancholy...as nonfiction in poetic form, this is almost perfect." KIRKUS REVIEWS, STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Handsome woodcuts...suit...historical tale..verses bounce listeners from...discovery...to..ghost-town...a story some children will find quite fascinating." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA
"well-cadenced couplets...the book's final pages...lend a haunting quality to this story of an actual Old West ghost town." THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE Horn Book