Life in 1880 Tenmile, Colorado, isn't easy. But it's all that 12-year-old Sissy Carlson knows. She's lived here her whole life, watching her father, the local doctor, tend to the town's citizens. And while the mountain setting is gorgeous, Tenmile is a rough gold mining town. It often feels like there's just a thin line between life and death. Mining is a hard job; men are hurt or even killed. Sissy sees the same thin line between the haves and the have-nots as she assists her father in his practice, seeing firsthand the personal and not-always-private struggles of his patients. Now that she's older, Sissy is starting to think of the world beyond Tenmile and where she might fit in. What opportunities might she find if she could just get away? What kind of future does Tenmile offer, especially for a girl? A poignant coming-of-age middle grade novel by New York Times-bestselling author Sandra Dallas.
|Grade 3 - Grade 6
|ATOS Reading Level
|Guided Reading Level
|Sleeping Bear Press
|Hardcover (9781534111622), Paperback (9781534111639), PDF (9781534112100), Hosted ebook (9781534112643)
|Number of Pages
|5.5 x 8
Booklist - Tenmile
“A well-paced, engaging chapter book with an interesting cast of characters and a protagonist who becomes more determined, more aware of her potential, and more firmly rooted in her community throughout the narrative.”
Kirkus Reviews - Tenmile
“Meticulously compiled quotidian details ranging from heartbreaking to heartwarming effectively map the chasm separating the wealthy Gilpins from their impoverished employees…A fast-moving tale that leaves readers plenty to ponder.”
Author: Sandra Dallas
Sandra Dallas is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Quilt Walk and Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky. She has written ten nonfiction books and fourteen adult novels, including The Last Midwife, Prayers for Sale, The Diary of Mattie Spenser, and The Persian Pickle Club. A former Denver bureau chief for BusinessWeek magazine, she is the recipient of two National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Wrangler Awards, two Western Writers of America Spur Awards, and four Women Writing the West WILLA Awards. She lives in Denver. Visit her at www.sandradallas.com.