on 11 July 1998
The story starts out stereotypically enough; a young girl forced to live with mean relatives, disguises herself as a boy and runs away from home. But her adventures and espescially her antagonistic friendship with the gentleman outlaw take this book above the pat story. She has a goal; to get to Tinville and maybe find her father, but she needs money. The gentleman outlaw has money, but he needs her help in his schemes. Out of their mutual need, they stick together, and she proves herself a formidable ally to the end. Their adventures together are so enthralling, one almost forgets entirely about the inevitable ending. This book is reminiscent of one of my favorite movie's -- Paper Moon, with a less fantastical outcome, but no less triumphant.
on 11 February 1997
This book was very adventurous and I liked the main characters because they are not very regular people. Regular people don't chop their hair off and go beg for money to buy things. I think it was one of the best books Mary Downing Hahn has written, and I've read it so much it looks like it's been caught in a tornado!
Zara, grade 6
on 8 December 1997
This great book gives you an idea of what it'd be like living in the time of the Great Gold Rush. Eliza Yates, a mistreated girl, runs away with her dog, Caeser, and decedes its better to run as a boy. She disguises herself as one, christens herself Elijah Bates, Eli for short, and bumps into Calvin, who calls himself the Gentleman Outlaw. He is determined to kill the Tinville Shreiff, who's name happens to be Yates. Eliza is shocked, but keeps quiet about it. Together they encounter problems, and Calvin's street-smart intellect seems to worm them out. Eliza starts to distrust Calvin and gets angry at him when he gambles off 20 dollars! This story is one of humor, excitement, and fun. I suggest you read it!!!