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.
Slocum City Kansas, 1875.
The year after the grasshoppers.
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.
DUCHESS OF DIRT
Blue Bronco Books
Excerpt from Cabby Potts, Duchess of Dirt
Why did the grasshoppers have to come? Why did we have to worry about money so much? And what if Pa really did decide to give up our claim? Where would we go this time? America was a big country—I pictured the Potts family blowing across it like tumbleweeds, snagging here and there but never settling anywhere. Even worse, I pictured another family moving onto our claim, our 160 acres of prairie with its brave little patch of corn. Our own land, abandoned to strangers. My first real home, gone. These months of housemaiding, for nothing.
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KATHLEEN WILFORD BIO
Growing up without TV (weird, right?) . . .
I spent whole days reading. I decided to be an author in fourth grade, inspired by "classics" like Miss Osborne the Mop. I studied literature (naturally) at Cornell University and taught language arts for several years. I moved on to teaching writing at Rutgers University in New Jersey, something I still do.
I love teaching, reading, and learning about the world (as well as anything chocolate chip). I believe that to understand where we ARE, we need to understand where we've BEEN, which is why I love historical fiction.
Cabby Potts, Duchess of Dirt is my debut novel, and I can't wait to share it with kids!