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Fat chance, Claude / story by Joan Lowery Nixon ; pictures by Tracey Campbell Pearson.

By: Nixon, Joan Lowery.
Contributor(s): Pearson, Tracey Campbell [ill.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking Kestrel, 1987Description: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0670814598 (lib. bdg.); 9780670814596 (lib. bdg.).Subject(s): Gold mines and mining -- Juvenile fiction | Frontier and pioneer life -- Juvenile fiction | Sex role -- Juvenile fiction | Humorous stories -- Juvenile fiction | Colorado -- Juvenile fiction | Children's stories in English American writers, 1945- - TextsDDC classification: [E] LOC classification: PZ7.N65 | Fat 1987Summary: A zany Texas couple, Shirley and Claude, grow up and meet out in the gold mining hills of Colorado.
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A zany Texas couple, Shirley and Claude, grow up and meet out in the gold mining hills of Colorado.

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Gr 1-3 Sassy Shirley meets stocky Claude in this prequel to Beats Me, Claude (Viking, 1986) and If You Say So, Claude (Warne, 1980). Here the feisty gal vies with her fellow pioneer for a gold claim, but settles for marriage. Transitional readers will relish the exaggerated humor of the ``Colorado or Bust'' shenanigans, and they will share the joy of the couple's first hug. (From the sequels, we know that Shirley remains a spirited, liberated female after the wedding.) Nixon blends Western drawlin' with contemporary tale spinning, giving Shirley a new trademark response: ``Fat chance, Claude.'' Pearson's colorful yet sketchy cartoons again illustrate. They match the folksy spirit of the text, although characters lack detailed facial expressions. This new yarn will entertain followers of the frontier pair, and it should tantalize them to try the more complex tall tales of Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan. Charlene Strickland, Los Angeles County Public Library, Valencia, Calif. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Joan Lowery Nixon was born in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of Southern California where she received a B.A. in journalism and later an education certificate from California State. <p> She has written over 100 mystery books for young adults. She is known for her Orphan Train Adventure Series and other titles including A Family Apart, The Seance and Other Side of the Dark. Her works have earned her the honor of being the only writer to win four Edgar Allen Poe awards and in addition, two Spurs from Western Writers of America. She was a past President of the Mystery Writers of America. <p> She died from complications of pancreatic cancer on June 28, 2003, in Houston, Texas. She was 76. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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