Cabby Potts, Duchess of Dirt
A sod house, a grand manor. A mystery, a marriage scheme. Cabby Potts, Duchess of Dirt is a funny and poignant tale of the prairie.
Twelve-year-old Cabby Potts is an outdoors kind of girl with an "intemperate tongue," as her Ma puts it. When she's forced to work as a housemaid at grand Ashford Manor, it seems like a miserable fate. Desperate to get away, and equally desperate to save her family's struggling homestead, Cabby plays matchmaker between the young lord of Ashford Manor and her romantic older sister, Emmeline. If there are a few lies involved, well, it's for a good cause.
When her reckless scheme backfires, Cabby must use her voice to stand up for her family, a new friend, and her entire community.
Based on the true story of a settlement of British aristocrats on the plains of Kansas, Cabby Potts, Duchess of Dirt is a funny and poignant story with an unforgettable heroine.
Publisher: The Little Press/Blue Bronco Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2022
"Great historical detail and wonderful, appealing characters in this delightful story told by the clever Cabby Potts, a kindhearted Kansas prairie girl who's filled with gumption and grit." - Anne O'Brien Carelli, author of Skylark & Wallcreeper
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I'm a former middle school and high school English teacher; now I teach writing at Rutgers University. I love teaching, reading, and learning about the world (as well as anything chocolate chip).
Cabby Potts, Duchess of Dirt is my debut novel, and I can't wait to share it with kids!
Random fun fact: I was born in a place that no longer exists--the Panama Canal Zone!
Tags: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction