Grace Harlowe's Freshman Year at High School (Hardcover)
Laboratory Books, 9781946053015, 240pp.
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
This is one of the series books that American girls read for fun a century ago. It's not only a fast-paced tale of friendship and adventure, but also a piece of history that reveals many interesting things--good and bad--about our past. Aunt Claire has combed through the attic of forgotten stories to rescue some good ones. Her second selection is Grace Harlowe's Freshman Year at High School, originally published in 1910. In this book, you will meet Grace, of course--confident and athletic, a natural leader and a true friend. Then there's the new girl, Anne--quiet, smart, and quite determined to win the freshman academic prize. There's also Nora, who's funny and sharp, and Jessica, who is rather good at detective work. And then of course there's the mean girl, Miriam, who's not about to let Anne take her place at the head of the class. The girls have all sorts of adventures in their freshman year at Oakdale High School--there are parties, pranks, and even a pack of hungry wolves. The girls must contend with Miriam's scheming, the cruel jokes played by the sophomore class, and a most unpleasant math teacher. Oh, and Anne has a secret. . . . Aunt Claire's illustrated introduction provides just the right amount of historical context for young readers: What was it like to go to high school in 1910? How was it different for girls and for boys? And what can we learn from the mix of social attitudes displayed in the book? Don't forget to look under the jacket to see the original cover from 1910.
About the Author
Aunt Claire spends much of her time in other people's cellars and attics, searching for stories (and gold). Of course, it's really the other way around: if you know where to look, the right kinds of stories have a way of finding you. The ones she encounters most often are about friends, and quests, and friends who go on quests. Sometimes, when she's read all she can read for the day, you might find her on a hillside, considering a theory she's heard that clouds are just another type of sheep. If you've heard this theory too, stop by sometime. And you'd better bring your good hiking boots--those ones without the holes--just in case. You never know when you'll wander into an adventure.