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Paperback Book Details
  • 09/2020
  • 9780997761948 B08D24YCP3
  • 402 pages
  • $11.99
The Bonnet Book: Diary of an Orphan Train Hatmaker

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Sent away on an orphan train at fourteen, smart and lovely Blanche Spencer lands in St. Louis, Missouri as a nursemaid, wearing rags and sleeping in a pantry. To rise above her servitude, she begins a self-education program. A trade booth at the 1904 World’s Fair and a Cobden, Illinois apprenticeship launch her into a hat-making career, which she documents in a tiny diary, The Bonnet Book. An early example of self-determination and girl power, Blanche—now Bonnie—travels alone to the Wild West, where she’s presented with the chance of a lifetime and the possibility of love—both rife with challenges that test her drive, purpose in life, and sense of self. The Bonnet Book diary and other historical items in the novel are real-life touchstones in this gripping, inspiring story based on the life of the author's grandmother.
01 Kirkus Reviews

"An engrossing tale and a wonderful tribute to the author’s formidable grandmother, an admirable character, fully drawn. A very engaging read." 

02 K.C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

“An engrossing and enlightening work…Young adult and adult readers alike will fall in love with this story.”

03 Tiffany Ferrell, Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

"A fun and insightful read…a fantastic novel for those who love historical fiction."

#1 Amazon Hot New Release!

Excited for The Bonnet Book to be designated an Amazon #1 Hot New Release as a result of presales in the Teen and Young Adult Biographical Fiction category!

#1 New Release Again!

On yesterday's official launch date, The Bonnet Book again make it to #1 New Release in Teen & Young Adult Biographical Fiction!
Thanks to all of you who helped make that happen!"

Newspaper Photo Shoot

So excited for my first The Bonnet Book photo shoot!

In anticipation of THIS TUESDAY'S 9/1 release date, digital newspaper In Menlo interviewed and photographed me for an upcoming edition! So much fun - and can't wait to read the article! Thanks to In Menlo!

The Bonnet Book at the San Mateo Genealogical Society

Honored to have been asked to present The Bonnet Book to the San Mateo Genealogical Society. A wonderful group and a great Q&A session, too.

Paperback Book Details
  • 09/2020
  • 9780997761948 B08D24YCP3
  • 402 pages
  • $11.99