"My secret, I think, to all success is naturalness and sincerity. If a girl is going to truly succeed in the world she must be her own self." —Lotta Crabtree
With the California Gold Rush reaching a feverish peak, it was up to child performers called "Fairy Stars" to keep the miners entertained. As adventurers from all over the world spent hours scouring the land for gold, the children would dance, sing, and act to raise spirits and money--and the most successful among them was Lotta Crabtree. At just eight years old, Lotta won hearts on the West and East Coasts with her extraordinary talent for performing. Thus began a career that lasted decades, launching Lotta to stardom and making her one of the most beloved actresses of the nineteenth century. In this unique biography for young readers, follow Lotta's first years, her struggle to support her family, and her spectacular journey to fame by age twenty.
"An insightful biography of a captivating woman; readers may be unfamiliar with Crabtree's name, but after reading this book, they'll never forget her." —School Library Journal
Lois V. Harris's fiction, nonfiction, and photography have appeared in children's magazines and the L.A. Times. The author of Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter and Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist, Harris is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Authors Guild, the University of Washington Alumni Association, and the Seattle Art Museum. She lives with her family and two cats in Anacortes, Washington, and enjoys visiting museums and learning about art.