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Title:
The Hope Chest
Author:
Schwabach, Karen.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2008]

©2008
Physical Description:
274 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
When eleven-year-old Violet runs away from home in 1918 and takes the train to New York City to find her older sister who is a suffragist, she falls in with people her parents would call "the wrong sort, " and ends up in Nashville, Tennessee, where "Suffs" and "Antis" are gathered, awaiting the crucial vote on the nineteenth amendment.
Language:
English
Contents:
Stolen letters -- Dying Mrs. Renwick -- Meeting Myrtle -- Henry Street -- Hobie and the brakeman -- It all comes down to Tennessee -- Heading to Nashville -- In the Jim Crow car -- Mr. Martins' escape -- Red adn yellow roses -- Finding Chloe - Violet spies -- Dead Horse alley -- Max Bloomstein's pharmacy -- Ferocious Mrs. Catt -- Politics and gunplay -- Hope chest -- August 18 -- Freedom -- Historical notes -- Voting in America: Time line.
Reading Level:
800 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 9.0 120147.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.3 15 Quiz: 43564.
ISBN:
9780375840951

9780375940958
Format :
Book

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Violet's older sister Chloe didn't get married. She bought a car instead. And then she drove that car to New York City and never came home again. Violet's parents said Chloe had turned into the Wrong Sort of Person, but Violet knew better. Now she's determined to find her sister, and she'll go all the way to New York City to do it. The only problem is that Chloe's not in New York anymore. So Violet must journey even further to Tennessee, where Chloe is fighting for the vote for women. Nashville is a hotbed of political intrigue. Suffs and Antis are doing anything and everything to sway legislators to their side: bribing them, pleading with them, and even kidnapping them. Violet is hanging out with suffragists, socialists, and colored people. But if she's becoming the Wrong Sort of Person, why does it feel just right?


Author Notes

Karen Schwabach has been voting since 1984. She lived in Alaska for many years, but did not find it necessary to change her name. A Pickpocket's Tale was her fiction debut, and The Hope Chest is her second novel. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-After discovering that her parents have been intercepting letters from her disinherited older sister, 11-year-old Violet abandons her proper upbringing and runs away from home, determined to reconnect with Chloe. She travels by train to New York City but discovers Chloe has joined the National Woman's Party in Tennessee as the suffragettes lobby for women's right to vote. On her journey to Tennessee, Violet meets Myrtle, an African American orphan who is running away from a future as a maid. The girls, along with Chloe's friend Mr. Martin, make it to Tennessee and are caught up in the battle between the "Suffs" and the "Antis." Carla Mercer-Meyer's passionate narration captures Violet's struggle between the archaic values she was raised to respect and the new ideas she sees unfolding all around her. Although many historical figures and period details about Model Ts, Jim Crow laws, and Prohibition are included, the story's pacing never wavers. VERDICT This book will supplement units about government or women's suffrage, and Violet and Myrtle's fast-paced adventures will make it a winner with historical fiction fans. ["Illuminating a time period rarely featured in children's literature, this is a fresh choice for historical fiction fans": SLJ 3/1/08 review of the Random book.]-Anne Bozievich, Friendship Elementary School, Glen Rock, PA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.