Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

The Diary of Pringle Rose

Book - 2013
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It is 1871 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and fourteen-year-old Pringle Rose, still grieving from the death of her parents, takes her brother Gideon, who has Down syndrome, escapes from her uncle and aunt, taking a train to Chicago--but disaster seems to follow her there.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Inc, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545297011
Characteristics: 245 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm.


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Oct 17, 2016

Pringle Rose runs away from Scranton, Pennsylvania with her younger brother Gideon after her parents are killed in a carriage accident and her aunt and uncle take over the family business and home. On the train ride west to Chicago, Pringle recounts the harrowing experiences with her aunt and uncle that lead to her decision to flee. Once in Chicago, Pringle discovers that her mother's oldest friend has been put in an insane asylum by her father. At a momentary loss, Pringle and Gideon end up staying with a family that she befriended on the train. As she and Gideon settle into their new lives, Chicago experiences many fires. When her new family's brother comes to visit, Pringle has a horrific surprise that leads her to another new life in San Francisco. Liberally sprinkled with many references to Alice in Wonderland, the reader will also learn about some of the social issues of 1871 -- women's suffrage, labor unrest, and animal rights.

Aug 13, 2015

This was a good book to read. Talks about the fires in Chicago. It was quick reading.

This book made me really think about how i treat people with learning and other disabilities ; I love how Pringle flies to defend her brother! It gives one a lot to think about....but be forewarned! This is a sad book so keep tissues handy!

Aug 30, 2013

I just finished the Dear Canada series, so I saw this book and decided to read it. I'm glad I did, too. It was a very well-written book. I love it.

I'm reading this book right now and really enjoying it! In style it differs from the other diaries in the Dear America series, but it is very interesting and enjoyable. Love how Pringle's parents chose to keep their son, Gideon, in spite of his physical problems, instead of sending him to an orphanage, or, as is would happen today, aborting him. <3

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Impossible_Wolf Sep 22, 2015

Impossible_Wolf thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

FrancisCelestePennington thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 14

Aug 13, 2014

pink_owl_316 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14

Nov 20, 2013

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"I've been appointed guardian," said Uncle Edward. "Whose guardian?" I asked. Uncle Edward gave me the most curious look. "Why, your guardian. Yours and Gideon's.' A nail driven through my heart! "Your aunt and I have always wanted more children," he said. "She's never gotten over losing little Eddie, you know." My hands began to jump involuntarily. I clasped them to keep them still. "I don't need a guardian. I'm fourteen. I'm at the top of my class. I can manage a household and take care of Gideon." "The law says otherwise."
Tears blurred my eyes. Not tears of sadness. Tears of hot anger.


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