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Walk on Earth a Stranger
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Walk on Earth a Stranger
Gold Seer Trilogy Series, Book 1
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A New York Times bestseller and National Book Award longlist selectionThe first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical...
A New York Times bestseller and National Book Award longlist selectionThe first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical...
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  • A New York Times bestseller and National Book Award longlist selection

    The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America. Walk on Earth a Stranger begins an epic saga from one of the finest writers of young adult literature.

    Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

    Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns series, dazzles with the first book in the Gold Seer Trilogy, introducing a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance, as only she can.

About the Author-

  • Rae Carson is the author of the New York Times–bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series. Her books tend to contain lots of adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, Rae Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband.

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  • DOGO Books sabrina - I think the book was good. and I think it is cool.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from June 22, 2015
    Carson (the Girl of Fire and Thorns series) launches her Gold Seer trilogy with a winning story set in 1849 gold rush America. Fifteen-year-old Leah Westfall lives a happy life with her parents in Georgia during the waning years of that state’s gold boom. Leah has a magical ability to locate the precious metal, but her gift becomes a liability when she is forced from her home by a villain determined to control her and make himself rich. Disguised as a boy, Leah—now Lee—decides that her best chance for freedom is to travel to the newly discovered gold fields of California; to get there, she must make a long, hard trek across the country with few resources. Carson’s story is simply terrific—tense and exciting, while gently and honestly addressing the brutal hardships of the westward migration. Even minor characters are fully three-dimensional, but it’s Leah who rightfully takes center stage as a smart, resourceful, determined, and realistic heroine who embodies the age-old philosophy that it isn’t what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Ages 13–up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus

    June 15, 2015
    Acclaimed for her fantasy, Carson now travels the Old West. Fifteen-year-old Leah lives on a farm near Dahlonega, Georgia, a town built around an early gold rush. She and her parents keep secret the fact that she has a mysterious "gold sense": she can find gold the way diviners find water, and despite the shabbiness of their homestead, the family is hiding 3 pounds of gold dust. When her parents are murdered and the gold stolen, Leah suspects her only living relative, who threatens to use her talents for nefarious ends. Leah and her childhood friend, a half-Cherokee boy named Jefferson, run away and join a wagon train headed toward California's newly discovered gold. Leah's narration details the adventures of their journey with a disparate group of travelers who often come across as archetypes more than fully fledged characters. There's the racist who attacks peaceful Indians, the selfish man who overloads his wagon with luxury goods, the runaway slave, the clueless itinerant preacher-none drawn with enough depth to make him or her memorable. Leah dresses as a boy for half the journey, and the revelation of her gender is accepted too readily to seem historically accurate. Along with other minor historical gaffes, Carson can neither sustain the tension of Leah's parents' murders nor put Leah's magical powers to interesting use. The tepid, resolution-free ending beckons potential sequels. (author's note, dramatis personae) (Historical fantasy. 12-14)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2015

    Gr 6 Up-This riveting saga features 15-year-old tomboy Leah, who has an extraordinary talent, the ability to sense when gold is near. She uses this skill to provide for her ailing parents, who live in an isolated part of Dahlonega, GA, the site of the first major U.S. gold rush in the early 1800s. They lead a fairly frugal existence so as not to arouse local suspicions. When her parents are robbed and murdered and her best (and only) friend, a half-white, half-Cherokee boy named Jefferson, leaves Georgia for a new gold rush in California, her world is turned upside down. To make matters worse, a nefarious uncle comes to claim her parents' property and use her gold-seeking skills for ill intent. Disguised as a boy, she leaves the only home she's ever known to reunite with Jefferson and join a wagon train. Lee, as she calls herself, is a smart, feisty, and likable protagonist who encounters all the hardships one would expect on the arduous journey West-illness, injury, hunger, exposure to extreme weather, and buffalo stampedes. All the while, she knows her uncle will stop at nothing to hunt her down. At the crux of the story is Leah's dilemma of keeping her gender and talent a secret from those to whom she becomes close. The time period rings true through Carson's skillful use of language and attention to detail. VERDICT Though the wagon train adventure is slightly cliche, the fast-paced plot, a hint of mild romance, and the added element of fantasy make this stand out from your average Gold Rush story.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Simply terrific—tense and exciting, while gently and honestly addressing the brutal hardships of the westward migration. ...[Leah] takes center stage as a smart, resourceful, determined, and realistic heroine who embodies the age-old philosophy that it isn't what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters."
  • School Library Journal "Lee...is a smart, feisty, and likable protagonist who encounters all the hardships one would expect on the arduous journey West...the fast-paced plot, a hint of mild romance, and the added element of fantasy make this stand out."
  • Booklist (starred review) "Carson is known for her world-building and strong female characters and she handles everything with carefully constructed, well-researched aplomb. It's a book that illuminates an important segment of American history...sustaining YA interest through adventure, fantasy, and romance."
  • The Horn Book "With an organically diverse cast, three-dimensional characters, a vividly evoked setting, and the lightest touch of romance, Carson's novel captures the trepidation and exhilaration of journeying into the unknown."
  • Romantic Times BOOKclub "An empowering and powerful read perfect for one who enjoyed history and adventure. ...Carson takes us on a wild wagon journey peppered with drama and mystery."
  • The Daily Summit "Pure storytelling gold. ...The author capably crosses genres and breaks stereotypes, and the result is an absorbing adventure that only hints at the thrills that will surely come in the next two books."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) "Carson's world-building skills are extraordinary...The author paints an early America that is teeming with people from an array of backgrounds and beliefs-the diversity of the characters is as integral to the plot of the book as it was to shaping the United States."
  • Deseret News "Lee is an ambitious, generous, kind and scrappy character...Fans of Carson's work will enjoy this road-trip-turned-Western, and newcomers will love the flair she brings to her characters and settings."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "Carson does nice work adding nuance to her side characters, showing minor evolutions that challenge the racism, sexism, and classism deeply rooted in most of the people Leah encounters...Fantasy readers will likely find Leah and her gold-sensing core to be intriguingly different than the usual heroine."

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