Esme Dooley

Troubles beset eleven-year-old Esme. Dangled over wells, thrown into root cellars, and forced to empty chamber pots, she longs for a better life. Yet her latest runaway scheme has failed miserably, like all the others. And now her murderous guardian has sold her to a workhouse on Rag-Picker’s Row. Just in time, Esme hears a startling secret that could very well change her destiny.

She lights out on a golden journey with her cousin Tommy to recover (more than one) family treasure. As they navigate the rugged wilderness, they encounter tinkers, seamstresses, soothsayers, one-eyed sharpshooters – and more. Just as Esme starts to feel safe, tragedy strikes, making her reexamine the boundaries of friendship and the meaning of family.

This colorful adventure is set in rural Minnesota in 1904. Filled with humor and dramatic suspense, it is a must for any young person's library.


Mom's Choice Awards (Gold)

Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Fiction — Pre-Teen ebook (Gold Medal) (2013)

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards for 9-12 Year Olds - Bronze Medal (2014)

INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for Juvenile Fiction (Finalist) (2013)

Notable Book in the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition (2013)


Formats:  Paperback, Ebook

Price for paperback:  $15.99, which includes free shipping

Size:  6 x 9 inches

Length:  416 pages

Interior:  The paperback has a black-and-white interior. The ebook has a color interior.

ISBNs:  9781939360038 (paperback), 9781939360045 (ebook)