Eighteen and on Her Own (Grandma's Attic Series)

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Fresh out of school herself, eighteen-year-old Mabel takes a teaching job in a farming community similar to the one where she grew up.

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Grade 5- 8 It's 1891 and 18-year-old Mabel has secured a job teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. Soon a rumor surfaces that Mabel has "set her cap" for Len, son of the school-board president. It turns out that the older sister of one of Mabel's students started the rumorshe's determined to land Len for herself. A further complication is that this student is beaten regularly by his cloddish father. What will Mabel do about Elizabeth? And should she try to help poor Abe? As it turns out, she does nothing much about anything except to leave it "in God's hands," so half a dozen plot lines are never really resolved. In the end, she gets Len, which any reader could have predicted after reading the first chapter, but everything else just sort of hangs there. In addition to having one of the weakest plots going, this book is full of leaden dialogue and completely shallow characters lacking any redeeming qualities except a kind of simpy "goodness." Worst of all, it is filled with so many discussions of "God's will" (and other religious questions) that it reads more like a tract than a novel. Only libraries that have a demonstrated need for pietistic Christian fiction should consider, and even then they should be aware that this is the kind of didactic novel that gives that genre a bad name. Audrey B. Eaglen, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland
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