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The Blue Jeans Rebellion • An Early Readers Novel

Posted on May 26, 2020 in Early Reader Chapter Book, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women Authors, YA | Juvenile | Middle Grades

by Joanna H. Kraus The story is set in 1877 in Orderville, Utah, a planned Mormon community. Many of the families who volunteer to live there had been starving before they came and so they willingly agree to all the rules and regulations. One specifies that until the clothing you wear is worn out you must not apply for anything new. Eleven-year old Gideon wonders why everyone has to dress in the same drab gray clothes and annoyed that though his pants are too short, his application is denied. He’d heard about the new transcontinental railroad that went clear across the country. As silver pours from the earth and the railroad flashes its glitter across the continent, brand new products arrive in the west. One day making a delivery of sheep’s wool to the General Mercantile Store he sees, for the...

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