Can you imagine your family being so poor that at 14 you were contracted to a wealthy family to be a servant? Not only that, but you had to leave your home in Philadelphia and cross the country to San Francisco. Part of Minnie’s job was to be a companion to Lily, a girl who was close to her own age. A short time after they arrived in San Francisco, a powerful earthquake hit. Minnie was in the kitchen when it happened and was safe, but Lily and the rest of the family did not survive. The lawyer/guardian thought that Minnie was Lily, and she decided to continue this pretense so she would be taken care of. Minnie had also found a strongbox of money and bonds that she was able to bury until she could come back for it. Will Minnie be able to live a life of luxury or will she decide she can’t live a lie and tell the truth? The ending will surprise you.
Book reviewed by Mary Lou H., Youth Services Assistant