FORTUNE'S JOURNEY by Bruce Coville

FORTUNE'S JOURNEY

Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 It's 1853. Fortune Plunkett, 16, has lost both parents but she's determined to carry on her father's dreamto lead his theater troupe, Plunkett's Players, to San Francisco, where appreciative audiences are rumored to throw bags of gold dust onto the stage. The thespians may know the theater, but they're greenhorns when it comes to pioneering. Then they are joined by charming young Jamie, whose talents include cooking, fixing broken axles, and reciting reams of Shakespeare on demand. A rivalry for Fortune grows between Jamie and Aaron, Fortune's hitherto unrequited love interest. Many twists and turns of the plot later (including fire, flood, and precipitous mountain passes), Fortune gets her man. ClichÇs are heaped upon clichÇs in this action-packed novel; it's panoramic in setting and rich in historical detail, but Fortune fails to come alive for readers. Her dialogue and inner musings are stiff compared to the heroine's in Coville's Jennifer Murdley's Toad (1992). (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-8167-3650-2
Page count: 255pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1995




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