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LOIS V. HARRIS. Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star

LOIS V. HARRIS. Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star. Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. Hardcover, 80 Pages, $17.99, pelicanpub.com.

Child performer Lotta Crabtree entertained California gold diggers. She danced, sang, and dared to joke and strum her banjo when both were considered unladylike. Teenage Lotta, a San Francisco hit, soared on to national stardom as America’s first female banjo entertainer and first female comedian. Spur Finalist and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Outstanding Juvenile Book Award winner.