Emily's Fortune

Emily's Fortune


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Emily Wiggins is poor and timid, without a drop of self-confidence. When unexpectedly orphaned, she is left all alone except for her turtle, Rufus. What in blinkin' bloomers should Emily do? Emily's neighbors, Mrs. Ready, Mrs. Aim, and Mrs. Fire, have the answer. Emily must travel by stagecoach to honorable Aunt Hilda. What a hootin', tootin' grand idea! But Miss Catchum of the Catchum Child-Catching Services will get a big bonus for making Emily live with her next of kin, vicious Uncle Victor. How in ding dong dickens will Emily escape Miss Catchum? It will take all the gumption and cunning of fellow orphan and traveler, Jackson, to help Emily find her confidence, conniving spirit, and the truth behind why Uncle Victor wants to claim her. But how in flippin' flapjacks will Emily outsmart Uncle Victor?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385736169
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.68(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

PHYLLIS REYNOLDS NAYLOR says she's never experienced as much excitement as her character, Emily Wiggins.

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Painted on the door of the carriage was a sign that read Catchum Child-Catching ServicesTrumpet Junction Branch
Orphans, Strays, and Roustabouts
Rounded Up Quickly Emily jumped behind a mail cart so fast that she bumped into a boy in a faded brown jacket. "Hey!" he said. "Watch where you're going!" And then, "You're an orphan too, aren't you?" "How did you know?" she asked him. He shrugged. "Saw you trying to hide from the Child Catchers, just like I used to do."  

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Emily's Fortune 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Rita_Lot More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read! The cliff hangers and great storytelling make this book a quick page turner. My third graders loved it! Emily starts off as a quiet girl, but experiences an adventure that gives her strength and courage. This book had us cheering, laughing and on the edge of our seats. Ready- you need a book Aim - here's one Fire - buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my fav book there are many cliff hangers and lots of humor: )
phh333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An okay tale of the old West involving a pair of orphans and an evil uncle who is after Emily's fortune.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A short, quick read suitable for middle elementary students or younger if they are good readers. An moderately lighthearted introduction to the Wild West, even though the two main characters, Emily and Jackson, are orphans and on the run from child-catchers. They are trying to get to Emily's kind Aunt Hilda before the child-catchers or her mean Uncle Victor find her. Modes of travel? Train, then very crowded, stinky and bumpy stagecoach. When Uncle Victor appears on the scene, Jackson helps Emily disguise herself as a boy who can't talk. Jackson, who's been an orphan longer, amazes Emily with his ability to think on his feet.
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun adventure yarn about an orphan girl in the old west. I could have done without the colloquial turns of phrase.
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Did anyone get this as a link off of My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it first in the book store i liked it sooo i bought it on my nook but the one on my nook has less pages.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need to read this its about a girl with a pet turtle that is running from her uncle!