Michelle Barone
Cynthia Becker
Daniel Blegen
Liz Duckworth
Debra Faulkner
Mary Peace Finley
Lydia Griffin
Gail E. Haley
Joyce B. Lohse
Charlie Mac
Nancy Oswald
John Stansfield
Dorothy Yoder



Rescue in Poverty Gulch (hardcover)

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Rescue in Poverty Gulch transports the reader to 1896 Cripple Creek, Colorado, where gold was in the hills and the town was booming. Ruby May Oliver and her donkey, Maude, are happy with things just the way they are, traveling with Pa to mining camps to sell candlesticks to miners. However, life changes drastically when Ruby and her Pa are stranded in Cripple Creek. Spending days in a schoolhouse when she already knows her numbers and how to read, doesn’t strike Ruby as the best use of her time. To make things worse, Pa decides Ruby needs a ‘proper upbringing’. The hilarious antics of Maude, a menacing figure set on kidnapping Maude, and the historic backdrop of the destructive Cripple Creek fires of 1896 make for an exciting page-turning read.

Winner of CIPA EVVY Award from Colorado Independent Publishers Association.

Finalist for the Colorado Book Award from Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book.

Finalist for the Spur Award from Western Writers of America.

Nancy Oswald is author of two previous historical novels: Nothing Here But Stones and Hard Face Moon.

"Rescue in Poverty Gulch is filled with delights. With eloquent charm, Nancy Oswald recreates life in the rough-and-tumble gold mining town of Cripple Creek."
—Margaret Coel, author of Chief Left Hand and the Wind River novels

"Readers are sure to adore best friends Ruby and Maude. Her donkey, Maude, is the best friend a tomboy like Ruby can have! This is a page-turning adventure laced with twists, turns, humor, and a cast of memorable characters. We can only hope that Ruby and Maude team up for more fast and fun adventures."
—Randall Platt, Award-winning author of Hellie Jondoe

"Nancy Oswald has the magical ability to let her young readers see life as it was a century ago. Ruby's story gives the reader a great sense of 1896 Cripple Creek. This is a great read for kids!"
—Jan Collins, Director, Cripple Creek District Museum, Cripple Creek, Colorado

"Ruby likes the itinerant life, but when a thief steals their inventory, her father sets up housekeeping in town. That means school with a strict teacher, nosy questions from new friends, and more trouble from the thief."
—Claire Martin, The Denver Post

"Sometimes all you want is time with a friend. Rescue in Poverty Gulch is a Ruby and Maude mystery, following the continuing adventures of Ruby and her favorite donkey Maude. Facing the threat of being sent away for a more standard education, Ruby fears for Maude, and when scheming folks are after Maude, she leaps in for what may be one last adventure. Rescue in Poverty Gulch is a choice and recommended pick for general children's fiction collections."
Midwest Book Review

188 pages
Hardcover
Trim: 5.5" by 8.5"
Publication date: November 2011

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