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Walk on Earth a Stranger

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Walk on Earth a Stranger

Lee Westfall is unlike the other girls at her school. Instead of a delicate face and sweet disposition, Lee is strong and tough. Instead of spending her days cleaning the house and cooking food, Lee is busy hunting animals and mucking out the horses’ stalls. Other girls notice and tease her for her strong jaw and calloused hands, but they do not know the other element that makes Lee different from the rest of them: Lee can sense gold. Due to Lee’s ability, her family has a house, food and clothing. But still, Lee feels compelled to do more for her family, especially with her father sick.

When the Gold Rush breaks out in California, Lee longs to go make use of her power, but with her father’s illness, a long journey is out of the question. However, when Lee’s family, home and freedom are suddenly taken away from her, there is nothing that can hold her back. Determined to make it to California and put her power to good use, Lee must avoid a man who would stop at nothing to get a hold of her unique ability.

Between the setting, plot line and characters, this novel will take the reader back to the times of highway robbers and wide open fields in a way that will make them yearn for the Wild West.

WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson is an exciting, adventurous novel centered on a young girl trying to find her place in a world where she is an outcast.Between the setting, plot line and characters, this novel will take the reader back to the times of highway robbers and wide open fields in a way that will make them yearn for the Wild West. Carson captures the essence of the time period perfectly, and depicts life in the South in an adventurous yet realistic way. She also shows the injustices that occurred during the Gold Rush, and readers will appreciate the fact that she doesn’t omit any unpleasant details.  

The plotline of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER can be slightly predictable, but overall fits the setting perfectly, as do the characters --- Lee has fitting dialogue and mannerisms and her friend Jefferson aids her development throughout the novel.  Overall, readers will find themselves fully immersed in the world of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, as it perfectly captures the spirit of adventure that thrived during this time period.

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member on September 21, 2015

Walk on Earth a Stranger
(Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
by Rae Carson

  • Publication Date: September 6, 2016
  • Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • ISBN-10: 006224292X
  • ISBN-13: 9780062242921