Elsie McCutcheon Storm Bird (M Books)

ISBN 13: 9780174324430

Storm Bird (M Books)

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9780174324430: Storm Bird (M Books)

In 1905, Jenny Lovett moves in with her Aunt Clara and meets Joshua, a boy who teaches her all about the birds along the marshes, but warns her never to mention their expeditions to her aunt

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Grade 5-8 An English fishing village in the early 1900s forms the backdrop for this engaging Gothic mystery. Motherless Jenny Lovett is left to live with dour, mysterious Aunt Clara while her father is at sea. One bright spot appears when Jenny is asked to be a companion to wealthy Joshua Gale, son of Aunt Clara's employer. They both benefit from this unexpected friendship; additionally, Jenny loves being tutored, and Joshua is thrilled to have someone share his birding interest. The harshness of life in this poor village of Newbrigg, with its constant reminders of death and shipwrecks; the Victorian inability to allow children any rights; and the social class differences offer a fascinating easel upon which to paint a tale of friendship and family. McCutcheon's descriptions of the town, with its ``dilapidated-looking cottages. . . some of them with shutters hanging askew. . .straggled on southward,'' and its people allow readers to become an integral part of the Newbrigg affairs. McCutcheon has written a good, folksy story. Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County, Va.
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