Me California Perkins Author:Patricia Beatty California, Perkins, the twelve-year-old narrator of this rollicking tale, was named for the state she was born in. So were her younger brother and sister, Washington and Oregon. In fact, the Perkins family had lived in many states, for Mr. Perkins had an itchy foot. Still none of their experiences prepared them for the year they spent in the... more » Mojave Desert.
Mojaveville of 1882 was an appalling sight when the Perkins first saw it--a collection of run-down shacks and tents, not the thriving silver-mining town they had expected. But California's mother was an indomitable woman. Indignantly leaving her husband to the uncertain facilities of the town's bachelor quarters, she set about bringing order to her existence and civilization to Mojaveville. California, however, was the one who really saved the day, for she at last succeeded in reuniting her parents.« less