by Fox, Janet S.

Format: Print Book 2010
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Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
Sixteen-year-old Maggie Bennet's life is in tatters. Her mother has disappeared, and is presumed dead. The next thing she knows, her father has dragged Maggie away from their elegant Newport home, off on some mad excursion to Yellowstone in Montana. Torn from the only life she's ever known, away from her friends, from society, and verging on no prospects, Maggie is furious and devastated by her father's betrayal. But when she arrives, she finds herself drawn to the frustratingly stubborn, handsome Tom Rowland, the son of a park geologist, and to the wild romantic beauty of Yellowstone itself. And as Tom and the promise of freedom capture Maggie's heart, Maggie is forced to choose between who she is and who she wants to be.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Maggie wants to fit into Newport society, which would be an easier task if her mother were more conventional. It is the early 1900s, and young ladies of her class are mainly concerned with debutante life and finding wealthy husbands. Then Mama suddenly disappears, and Papa uproots Maggie moving west for a new life and some clues about his wife's past. Yellowstone holds some of those clues, and what the resistant Maggie finds in Wyoming is nothing like the caste society and rules she knew before. Romance and actual cliff-hangers ensue as family secrets unfold and new adventures and interesting people catch her fancy. She struggles to reconcile with Papa and his burdens, but mainly Maggie wants to make choices about her future and move away from narrow societal constraints of women's roles. Fox combines mystery, romance, and a young girl's coming-of-age in this satisfying historical tale.--O'Malley, Anne Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a historical fiction debut, Fox delivers an emotional coming-of-age story about pampered 16-year-old Maggie Bennet, from an upper class East Coast family. After losing her psychologically unbalanced mother, Maggie's father drags her to Yellowstone, an "alien place where everything seemed huge and overbearing," to create a new beginning. Despite her grief over her mother and having left behind comfortable high-society life in 1906 Rhode Island, she quickly becomes attracted to Tom, a rugged geologist, even as her father arranges her engagement to a controlling, wealthy older man. Fox does little to hide Maggie's spoiled and haughty ways, and in early chapters, readers may find her voice whiny and unsympathetic ("It was unfair that this was happening now. That... Papa would make this unnamed discovery now--it was unfair!"). But as Maggie uncovers the truth about her mother's disappearance, and experiences the thrill of independence, she transforms into a strong, capable, and likable young woman. Despite a sluggish start, Fox surprises readers with unexpected revelations about Maggie's family and offers a spirited finale. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Social classes -- Fiction.
Individuality -- Fiction.
Nature -- Fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Yellowstone National Park -- Juvenile fiction.
Yellowstone National Park -- Fiction.
Montana -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Speak,2010
Language English
Description 325 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780142414132 (pbk.)
0142414131 (pbk.)
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