Author Top 5 with Rae Carson

Author Top 5 with Rae Carson

 

Today we welcome Rae Carson to YABC! Rae's new book, Walk On Earth a Stranger, is filled with gold, or rather, it's set during the Gold Rush era! This magical novel will leave readers dazzled an delighted. Read on to learn a few things about Rae, her book, the top five things women did during the Gold Rush, plus a giveaway! 

 

 

Meet Rae. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_rae-carson.jpg

Rae Carson is the author of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, THE CROWN OF EMBERS, and THE BITTER KINGDOM. Her debut novel, THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, was named a Morris YA Debut Award finalist, an Andre Norton Award finalist, a YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Teens Pick, and received two starred reviews. She lives in Arizona with her husband. She can be found online at www.raecarson.com

 

 

Now meet Rae's newest book, Walk On Earth a Stranger.

 

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. Walk on Earth a Stranger begins an epic saga from one of the finest writers of young adult literature.

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?

 

Sounds great, right? 

 

TOP FIVE THINGS WOMEN DID DURING THE GOLD RUSH:

 

 

One thing I was sure I knew about the 1800s was that women had very specific – and limited – gender roles. It was the Victorian Age, right? When I started researching the California Gold Rush for Walk on Earth a Stranger, I found out I was wrong. Here are five things I was surprised to find that women did on the Westward Trail and in the California Gold Fields.

 

1. Women drove wagons

 

(Charlotte looked just like this)

This happened a lot. When her husband Bynon and their three-year-old daughter Stella got sick with dysentery, Charlotte Pengra was the one who climbed up into the wagon seat and kept them going. She wrote in her journal: “Though Bynon and Sis is very unwell, they are anxious to go on.  I drove just before we reached the river.  I was taken in great pain which resulted in the Dysentery…. I have suffered much pain and feel a good deal reduced but all are sick and I must keep up to the last.”

 

 

2. Women dressed like men

 

Did you know that bloomers – which in the mid-1800s were loose-fitting pants for women – were named for feminist act

ivist Amelia Bloomer? Young women on the California Trail were especially likely to wear them. Jane Kellogg, who was 22 when she headed west in 1852, wrote: “We wore bloomers all the way, the better to enable us to walk through the sagebrush.”

 

(Keira Knightley, in men’s clothes, looking like a boy since never.)

Some women in the Gold Rush just wore men’s clothes instead. Charley Pinkhurst arrived in San Francisco in 1851 dressed like a man. She got a job as a stage coach driver for Wells Fargo, and earned a reputation for toughness and fearlessness. After Charley passed away in 1879, everyone said they knew she was a woman all along. Her small hands, smooth face, and high voice gave her away. That means they let her pass and work in a man's job for 28 years, and never did anything about it. 

 

 

 

3. Women were ready to fight

 

Battles with Indians were rare, and when they did happen, they were frequently started by frightened or angry whites. But we know that the women on wagon trains were ready to use weapons if they needed to. Nancy Hunt wrote: “At night we placed our weapons of defense by the sides of our beds in our tents. I claimed the ax for mine, and always saw that it was close to me, but I never had occasion to use it...”

 

(Okay, I just wanted an excuse to use this Agent Carter gif. Because heck yeah, Agent Carter.)

 

And then there was Hallie Hodder, who carried a gun when she came back east after stopping in Denver. She wrote: “My cousin had provided me with a small revolver, and had taught me how to use it.”

 

 

 

4. Women did every job that men could do

 

If I believed what I saw on television, the only jobs that women had during the Gold Rush were housewife, prostitute, and school marm. We’ve already seen that they drove wagons and stage coaches and were ready to fight. But they did every other job too.

 

Own a boarding house? Run a laundry? Manage a real estate empire (even if it was in her husband’s name)? All well documented. In San Francisco, you could have your pick of several Doctors Quinn, medicine women. Lady barber? Midwife? Store owner? Soda maker? Detective? Check, check, check, check, and check. In the mining town of Rough and Ready, Mary Ann Dunleavey ran a bowling alley and saloon. In 1851, in Sonora, there was even a woman bullfighter from Mexico.

 

(Queen Bey would definitely have worn this outfit during the Gold Rush.)

These women came from everywhere. They included Indians, and African-Americans, and Mexicans, and Chinese. The only thing women couldn’t do was get into politics, a limit put on them by men, not by nature.

 

 

 

5. Women gave birth. A lot.

 

Squeezing a cantaloupe-sized crying machine out of one's body in a bouncing wagon a thousand miles from medical help created numerous incidents of both tragedy and heroism. The trail was littered with graves. If anything went wrong, there was no one to help, no way to turn back, and no time to stop.

 

(As soon as you're done, Sigourney, please make us some flapjacks.)

Many children made it into the world safely, though. For example, Helen Stewart wrote that they “traveled half the day and had to stop and Christie Bomgardner had a daughter added to her familie.” Sometimes the wagons stopped for part of a day, but just as often they were right back on the road. And women had to keep doing all their chores, before and after.

 

So there you have it. During the Gold Rush, women were ambitious, courageous, influential, and tough. Just like they are today.

 

We'd like to thank Rae for sharing ALL about women during the Gold Rush! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of Walk On Earth a Stranger!

 

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_walk-on-earth-a-stranger.jpg

 

Walk On Earth a Stranger

  1. By: Rae Carson

  2. Release Date: September 22, 2015 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive a hardcover copy of Walk On Earth a Stranger. US addresses only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Rae has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: 
Would you have survived the trip west like Leah Westfall did in WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER? Or would you have succombed to dysentery or a stampede (Oregon Trail reference FTW!)?! 

 

*Click the Rafflecopter link to enter the giveaway*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

 

Rate this blog entry:
Trailer Reveal: Blue Voyage by Diana Renn + Giveaw...
Trailer Reveal: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McG...

Related Posts

 

Comments 32

Kimberly McGee on Thursday, 24 September 2015 08:33

Loved this book! The perfect mix of gritty historical fiction, a bit of romance and a tough girl in disguise. Can't wait for book two!

0
Loved this book! The perfect mix of gritty historical fiction, a bit of romance and a tough girl in disguise. Can't wait for book two!
denise on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:15

This cover is beautiful !! I don't see myself surviving gold rush. I've been used to modern technology that I couldn't see myself living during that time.

0
This cover is beautiful !! I don't see myself surviving gold rush. I've been used to modern technology that I couldn't see myself living during that time.
Agustina Gonzalez on Thursday, 01 October 2015 11:48

The cover is beautiful! This book every I love about a book: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and tough girl inn disguise. Can't wait to read!

0
The cover is beautiful! This book every I love about a book: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and tough girl inn disguise. Can't wait to read! :)
Guest - Kalani on Friday, 02 October 2015 14:58

Probably not!

0
Probably not! :D
Cameron on Friday, 02 October 2015 16:59

I would love to say that I'd survive, but honestly I probably wouldn't! I can't ever picture myself surviving anything without our mordern day technology. I do find this time period intersting, but I cannoy ever picture myself surviving it!

0
I would love to say that I'd survive, but honestly I probably wouldn't! I can't ever picture myself surviving anything without our mordern day technology. I do find this time period intersting, but I cannoy ever picture myself surviving it!
Jennifer Lancaster on Saturday, 03 October 2015 18:11

I would hope to survive. I tend to adapt to what's needed but knowing me I'd probably die from a snake bite or something. Lol.

0
I would hope to survive. I tend to adapt to what's needed but knowing me I'd probably die from a snake bite or something. Lol.
Sky on Sunday, 04 October 2015 02:03

I'd like to think that I would survive, but who really knows?! Also I can't wait to read this, I'm so excited!

0
I'd like to think that I would survive, but who really knows?! Also I can't wait to read this, I'm so excited!
Guest - Megan Emerson on Monday, 05 October 2015 21:59

I'm definitely sure that I could survive

0
I'm definitely sure that I could survive
Guest - Alice Wu on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 19:57

I'd like to think I'd survive, but I honestly don't know!

0
I'd like to think I'd survive, but I honestly don't know!
Shannon Mizikoski on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 21:46

I would probably die. Likely because I'd be so busy whining, my wagon party would kill me. Otherwise, I would survive, but only from sheer stubbornness. I think I could handle the dysentery

0
I would probably die. Likely because I'd be so busy whining, my wagon party would kill me. Otherwise, I would survive, but only from sheer stubbornness. I think I could handle the dysentery ;)
Guest - Anairis Interiano on Wednesday, 07 October 2015 23:29

Most likely, I probably would not have survived.

0
Most likely, I probably would not have survived.
Kara S on Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:25

Non-survivor I'd bet -- if given only those two possible ends, I'd say dysentery because I don't feel I'm the died in stampede type. Just a vibe I get about such events -- ;-)

0
Non-survivor I'd bet -- if given only those two possible ends, I'd say dysentery because I don't feel I'm the died in stampede type. Just a vibe I get about such events -- ;-)
Guest - Amy Hart on Thursday, 08 October 2015 17:47

Knowing my luck I probably would have died of cholera.

0
Knowing my luck I probably would have died of cholera.
rebecca on Thursday, 08 October 2015 22:40

I probably would have died lol

0
I probably would have died lol:o
Guest - Kaitlyn B. on Friday, 09 October 2015 23:56

I might survive, but I would be miserable.

0
I might survive, but I would be miserable.
Guest - Kayla C on Monday, 12 October 2015 12:22

I'd like to hope that I would make it, but let's be real, probably not. Too many variables and obstacles.

0
I'd like to hope that I would make it, but let's be real, probably not. Too many variables and obstacles.
Guest - Lynn Lovegreen on Monday, 12 October 2015 14:18

Very cool, Rae! I wrote a series set in the Alaska Gold Rush, and those women did many of the same things. Women were stronger than the stereotypical movies suggest. :-)

0
Very cool, Rae! I wrote a series set in the Alaska Gold Rush, and those women did many of the same things. Women were stronger than the stereotypical movies suggest. :-)
s on Monday, 12 October 2015 16:47

I honestly don't know if I would have survived. Probably not though

0
I honestly don't know if I would have survived. Probably not though :)
Cayla Carhart on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 11:47

Oh man, I want to pretend I could prevail, but alas...probably not.

0
Oh man, I want to pretend I could prevail, but alas...probably not.
Nicole on Friday, 16 October 2015 12:41

To be honest I don't know if I would have ^_^ Probably if I tried really hard Lol.

0
To be honest I don't know if I would have ^_^ Probably if I tried really hard Lol.

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

BanThisBook.jpg
You’re Never Too Young to Fight Censorship! ...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Eight Days on Planet Earth
How long does it take to travel twenty light years...
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation
Even monster-battling princesses get tired sometimes! But a peaceful time...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Refugee.jpg
JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany....
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
SwingitSunnyjpg
Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
TheWitchBoy.jpg
In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Let's Investigate with Nate #1: The Water Cycle
Bill Nye the Science Guy meets The Magic School Bus!...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The 12 Dares of Christa
Christa is a holiday junkie. What’s not to love? There’s...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes
Things are looking up for Abbie Wu: this year she’ll...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Tiger's Watch (Ashes of Gold #1)
Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Blight
Seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres has lived on the AgraStar farm...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
See Fred Run
Learning to read has never been more fun than it...
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Solo
From award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Kwame...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #1)
"Most superhero stories start with a meteor shower or...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
How to Disappear
Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Ferocious (Vicarious #2)
Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

The Shadow of a King
 
3.8
" Read this review and more on my blog.The Book Return Blog 'The Shadow of a King', tells the story..."
Ban This Book
 
5.0
"I absolutely feel in love with this book. I was always a big Alan Gratz fan, but after hearing him..."
Eight Days on Planet Earth
 
3.3
""I want to believe." Agent Scully's take from the X files is shown here when a mysterious girl shows up..."
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation
 
4.5
"The Princess in Black protects the people and the goats from monsters that come up from their underground home. She..."
 
3.5
"Bella is terrified of her step-father. When her mother dies and her sister disappears, Bella knows she must plot her..."
The Witch Boy
 
5.0
"Many of the stories out there deal with girls who go against the grain and want to do what society..."
Swing It, Sunny
 
4.7
"Again Jennifer and Matt Holm prove they are the dynamic duo when it comes to graphic novels and story telling...."
Solo
 
5.0
"Told entirely in verse, Solo is a story full of love, loss, addiction and music. Like Kwame Alexander's previous books,..."
Refugee
 
5.0
"Alan Gratz does it again with Refugee. Gratz knows how to weave historical facts and great story telling flawlessly. Refugee..."
Let's Investigate with Nate #1: The Water Cycle
 
5.0
"In LET'S INVESTIGATE WITH NATE, the doors of the Science Museum become a portal to another world, but only an..."
This Savage Song
 
4.0
"This Savage Song is a uniquely peculiar novel that cleverly combines magic, monsters and music. Dark, violent and monstrous, the..."
The 12 Dares of Christa
 
4.3
"'The 12 Dares of Christa' by Marissa Burt is a sweet story of friendship, determination, strength, and forgiveness. Main character..."
Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes
 
5.0
"'Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes' by Booki Vivat is an adorable, illustrated story that not only proves a fast..."
See Fred Run
 
3.5
"'See Fred Run' by Kevin Bolger, and illustrated by Ben Hodson, is a story about main character Fred and his..."
Where's Waldo? 30th Anniversary Edition
 
5.0
"Where's Waldo is an iconic search and find activity book that has been entertaining people for 30 years. This 30th..."
The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Go to Bed
 
4.5
"THE LITTLE GIRL WHO DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO BED is about a girl who will do anything to stay..."
Mr. Biddles
 
5.0
"MR. BIDDLES stars a cat named Mr. Biddles who is an inventor. He creates all types of new gadgets and..."
Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True
 
4.5
"In UNI THE UNICORN AND THE DREAM COME TRUE, magic is weakening amongst the unicorns because of the never-ending rain...."
Pashmina
 
3.5
"Priyanka Das’s mother does not like Priyanka asking questions about India and her life there, but that doesn’t stop Pri..."
How to Disappear
 
5.0
"I am so absolutely in love with Sharon Huss Roat. Her books are funny, relatable, and so easily devoured. I..."