It’s Here!

NKfrontcoverMy new book, that is. Yesterday I received my shipment of 14 boxes of Nancy Kelsey Comes over the Mountain: The True Story of the First American Woman in California.

Don’t you just love Steve Ferchaud’s artwork?

This is the exciting true story of Nancy Kelsey’s overland journey to California, the Bear Flag Revolt and other exciting adventures in California. Gary Kurutz, curator emeritus of the California State Library says, “Nancy Leek is a master story-teller and has brought to life the heroic 1841 overland trek of Nancy Kelsey. Her book proves that women could handle just about any obstacle thrown their way.”

NKbackcoverCecelia Holland, who has written many works of historical fiction and non-fiction, says, “Nancy Kelsey had a true American spirit, ready for anything, and in the course of her long and eventful life, she did everything. Nancy Leek’s charming story captures the spirit of the first American woman pioneer in California: brave, practical and good-natured, still a role model for all of us.”

My new project is writing books for a series that I call Golden State Biographies. This is the second picture book biography in the series, although I didn’t call it a series when I wrote John & Annie Bidwell: The Long and the Short of It. I plan on writing more of these, especially if Nancy Kelsey does well.

I haven’t gotten the books out to the local stores yet, but I hope to have it soon at The General’s Store at Bidwell Mansion, as well as Made in Chico, The Bookstore (Chico), My Girlfriend’s Closet in Paradise and The Rusty Wagon in Orland. I’ll be putting it on Amazon too.

If you want a classroom set for your school, please contact me at and I will get you a set at a discount. I am also available for class presentations — I love to talk about California history!


About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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