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Ages 13 and up
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.
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 trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.
Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance.
Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.
This book is set during a fascinating time in history, and there’s a sprinkle of magic thrown in to shake things up. Lee Westfall can sense gold. She also fails to adhere to traditional femininity: she shoots guns, she mucks stalls, and she takes care of her family homestead. A great book for anyone who likes historical fiction OR fantasy, strong heroines, and found families. This is the first book in a trilogy, and is recommended for ages 13 and up (some violence and racism).