Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School (Hardcover)
Or, the Record of the Girl Chums in Work and Athletics
Laboratory Books, 9781946053077, 240pp.
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
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 fourth selection is Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School, originally published in 1911. This book relates the further adventures of the four friends whom you met in Grace Harlowe's Freshman Year at High School Grace herself, the leader of her class; the quietly brilliant Anne; the funny, lively Nora; and the perceptive Jessica. In their sophomore year, Grace and company are intent on beating their rivals, the junior class, on the basketball court. But the sophomore team suffers a catastrophic loss when their secret basketball signals fall into the hands of the juniors--and the finger of suspicion points at Anne. Loyalties are tested, adventures abound, and mean girl Miriam makes a memorable reappearance in this second installment of Grace Harlowe's high school career. Aunt Claire's illustrated introduction provides just the right amount of historical context for young readers: What was high school like in 1911? What were school sports like? How were they 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 underneath the jacket to see the original cover from 1911.
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.