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Boston Jane - An Adventure (Boston Jane #1)

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For use in schools and libraries only. Jane must learn to rely on herself when her fiance disappears, stranding her in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest frontier.
Paperback, Schools & Libraries edition, 273 pages
Published 2001 by Scholastic
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Jess Michaelangelo
I loved historical fiction when I was younger. I've always read a lot, and I've always read a lot of different books. There are a couple of genres that I've never really been a fan of, but I've always been a non-discriminating reader. However. Historical fiction has always been an absolute favorite of mine. 9 times out of 10 as a kid, my nose was found in an American Girl book or a Dear America book. I hungrily read anything that could transport me to a time and place and situation other than my ...more
Melissa T
Fun, delightful book. Not one that was life-changing or inspiring, but a quick, amusing read.

I read a few reviews saying it was racist. Ridiculous! Obviously those readers didn't get a chance to finish. The main character starts out top the frontier with decided views on the "savages" were like, but in the end realizes that all of that was wrong.

At the beginning of the novel, she has decided to go to finishing school to become a lady. This conversation between her and the teacher on the first d
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Anastacia
I picked up this book to read for my nook from my local library, when I wanted something quick & fast to read. I didn't realize it's young adults (and considered middle school at that, which I don't normally read too much of) so the book was a lighter than I had planned, but overall was a great read.

Poor Jane - she falls in love with a man vastly unsuited for her, and from almost the very beginning of the book does everything she can to make him love her even more. Very true for its age, thi
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Diana
While I do also like Jennifer L. Holm's "Our Only May Amelia", I have always preferred Miss Jane Peck's adventures. From the ridiculous (but based in historical fact) rules of Miss Hepplewhite, and the unfortunate morals of William Baldt, to the unconventional love of an unconventional father and the romanticized realism of Jesu Scudder, the story is insightful and entertaining.

As a young child I read historical fiction almost constantly, and this story has stayed with me because of its wonderfu
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Carolynne
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Libby Ames
I was skeptical about this one, but was pleasantly surprised. It was one of those cases where I came home from the library with twelve books, because I couldn't decide what I really wanted to read. I continued to dither at home and Michael suggested I read them in alphabetical order. Boston Jane was the winner and, because I am dealing with a bad case of insomnia, I was up reading it for a good portion of the night. A four star book is one I can spend a sleepless night reading and not have adver ...more
Becca
I really enjoyed this book. I could hardly put it down! It reminded me, almost exactly, of True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, which I read recently. However, it had a bit more history because an important element to the plot was Native American relationships with the white men.
This story also contained a romantic plot, which was nice, but not the main draw for me. I particularly loved this story because of the message it sent about women. I was annoyed for half of the book because Jane was
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Margaret
The first book that I read that I really enjoyed as a youth was The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. It was a girls adventure in being something other than what she was expected and surviving across the sea and into the wild lands of the new Americas. When I saw this cover with a girl and a ship I was excited! It is a youth book, but even in my 20's I enjoyed this book. A girl ripped from her normal European Society life and thrust into life on a ship and then in the new Americas, her ...more
Angie
I loved this series! I read Boston Jane to my students and the girls just absolutely loved it, the jury is still out on what the boys thought. It's a GREAT historical fiction piece with such a great LOVE STORY! I have been obsessed with the series and have stayed up late this week to finish all three books. It's a story of Jane who lives in Philadelphia and travels to the wild frontier of the Oregon Territory in search of a man. I loved the adventure and it really was a good page turner. The end ...more
Kathleen Kirby Vallejo
The whole time I was reading this book it seemed SO familiar to me...I couldn't tell if it was because I'd already read it or because so many of the plot points/twists were similar to ones in other books. By the end I was 95% sure it was because I'd read it before, but even then, I don't remember what happens in the next 2, so I guess I'll be reading those next as well lol. It was a good book though, so I don't mind if it's my 2nd time through. Jane was a fun, spunky character and I really enjoy ...more
Mackenzie
I absolutely loved this book. Wow!! This book had everything, it was not at all cliche and it was entertaining and it related to what I'm learning about in social studies. I cannot put in words the amazing adventure of this book.

I found this book when I was in the library searching for a pioneer book to relate to my social studies class. I thought it would be really boring because I had to read it for extra credit. Then I started reading it over spring break and I kept reading it because it kept
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Kathy
A girl who has spent her schooling learning all about proper manners heads west to meet her fiance. There she runs into the crudest of people and those manners that seemed so important weeks ago are useless as she is forced to get used to much more primitive conditions. Humor and a potential romance (but not with her fiance!)
Grace M.
One day, I realized that this book was there, waiting for me on the shelf - I didn't know who had bought it or who had given it to us. I didn't know what to expect. I picked it up.
And I couldn't put it down.
I think I would have enjoyed this book just as much if I had picked it up now and not when I was in middle school. The whole trilogy is involving, and honestly, just really fun to read. Jane is a wonderfully round character whom the author uses to present the question, "What are the qualitie
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Rachel
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Boston Jane: An Adventure is the first book in an excellent three-part series. Teenage Jane longs to be prim and proper, but she doesn’t know the slightest thing about being a lady. After some humorous lessons at one of the finest finishing schools in Philadelphia, Jane excitedly sets out to prove she’s grown-up. Along her journey she finds much more than she bargained for, including adventure, mystery and romance.

Newbery Honor-winning author Holm once agai
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Kellyn
Boston Jane: An Adventure
Holm, Jennifer (2001)

Grades 6-8

Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia convinces her father, a doctor, to let her attend Miss Hepplewhite’s school for fine girls; this, in spite of being a tomboy and always disheveled in appearance. At first the young man apprenticed to her father, William, offers the only support Jane receives in her attempts to become a “fine lady.”

William eventually completes his training and leaves Philadelphia for Shoalwater Bay in the Northwest Territory.
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Megan Franks
I decided to read this book because Jennifer Holm is going to be the guest speaker at a conference I will be attending soon. I'll be honest--I wasn't exactly thrilled when I picked up this book. But to my surprise, I found myself engrossed in the story

Set in America in the early 1800s, 16-year-old Jane is a freespirit raised by her doctor father to be a be an independent thinker. She suddenly becomes aware that she is not like the other girls thanks to her father's apprentice, William, who encou
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Sylvia McIvers
In 1846, the United States has never had a civil war, but it does have a Wild West.

Refined Philadelphia seems very far from the Wild West, but motherless Jane has no one to teach her manners. Her father is a surgeon who believes brains are meant to be used, and doesn’t teach his daughter to walk meekly, talk meekly, and especially not think meekly.

What an uncouth girl Jane is for her first decade!

When she is eleven, the snob down the block sends some verbal barbs deep into Jane’s skin, and she d
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04LexieD
This book is intended for people interested in Young Adult novels. The main point in this story was that Jane was always trying to be a proper lady to impress William her fiancé. The book at the beginning of the story took place in Philadelphia, then on a boat called "The Lady Luck" and then on the frontier.

The main character in this book is very clearly Jane and the antagonist is her fiancé William. Even though William isn't necessarily the "bad guy" so to say but he is always causing trouble
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Allie
My third person review:

Boston Jane is a book where you find out about spirit, adventure, and what a real lady is. In this spirited adventure, a girl develops a teenage crush, and then her crush leaves to America. She goes to lady school, and becomes an 'impeccable young lady'. Then her teenage crush sends her a letter as a proposal. She accepts, and moves to America, where she learns to survive, and is forced to leave hers ladylike ways behind. Then William (her crush) returns, and she no longer
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Carol
Published: 2001
Age Level: grades 5-8

This book is written about the frontier of Washington state during the mid 1850s. Jane Peck goes west from Philadelphia to marry her betrothed, Williams. After her treacherous voyage on the boat to get there she is in for a great surprise. This book chronicles the differences between life in a busy populated city in the east and the busy, but surprising life of frontier people in the west. Jane was clearly not prepared for what she would encounter when she tra
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Audrey
Sigh.

I don't read middle school books that often. Even when I was in middle school, I was more into the mature YA. I don't know why, it just always seemed like the plot was watered down, and they seem toi afraid to be different. I mean, there's hardly ever any homosexual characters (Harry Pitter being the exception.)

Which brings up the question, why not? Kids shouldknow about gay people. With this sheltering, they aren't going to be the accepting people we (should) want them to be. It also does
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Bonnie Gayle
Sep 15, 2007 Bonnie Gayle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of wilderness and girl power stories
This was a good read. It certainly fits the genre I've been reading lately.
It's about a girl in the 1850's named Jane, who is raised by a Widower father who pretty much lets her run wild, and of course she does. This continues until she meets a young man named William, who has feelings for her too, but wishes that she were more ladylike. To this end she attends Miss Hepplewhite's classes on how to become a lady, and then follows William to Washington Territory, where he has moved. When her ship
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Sienna
Really a 4.5. It was an exciting historical adventure that I highly enjoyed. I whipped through it after a while and just couldn't wait to find out what would happen when William returned, or if he ever would return. The end was quite a surprise. I also read the sneak peak to the sequel at the end of the book and I want to check the sequel out from the library right away! I highly recommend this book. It's intriguing, humorous at times, and a great historical fiction. Can't wait to read more of J ...more
Anna
Horrible! I thought it would be good, since it came from a reliable source. But it was very bad. It was about this girl that was a complete tomboy..... then she met this boy. He told her that his sisters did very well at school. That turned her completely around. Well when she is "grown up" (16) and she is still in correspondence with him. Well he wants her to come out to the wilderness where he is and marry him. So she goes and the journey is horrible. It turns out that her fiance is gone on so ...more
Rebecca
Motherless Jane Peck ran wild until age eleven when, against her father's wishes, she decided to become a proper young lady at the urging of her father's apprentice, William. When William leaves for the wilds of the Northwest frontier, Jane is devastated. When, at age fifteen, Jane receives a letter from William proposing marriage, she is eager to accept, even though her father does not want her to. But Jane gets her way, and she sets sail from Philadelphia on a ship bound for Washington. But th ...more
Aimi
Mar 27, 2008 Aimi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aimi by: Mum
This is my favourite book! Perhaps I'm a bit biased because the girl is about a red head like me. I found the book to be quite suspenseful. My eyes were literally glued to the book. What I learned from this book is that you make your own luck.
Jane, the main character, moves out to the Oregon Territory in the year of 1834. She went to marry her fiance, William, but found that he was not there. Will he every come to get her? She also learns that she is the only girl in the area besides the neighb
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Laura
The Girl likes books about girls, but mostly princessy girls. I thought this one might be a nice diversion to something less fantasy-oriented, and I was very pleasantly surprised. Yes, there's a bit of romance, but mostly it's about how Jane finds her way in the wilderness. In some ways, it reminds me of Anne of Green Gables, so if you're looking for a series for a tween girl (or boy), this might be a good one to try.
Heather
When I got to the part where WIlliam tells Jane only to wear green, I realized I'd read this as a child. And I recalled hating it--rarely did I find a heroine so exasperating, and I was offended by what I perceived as the author's idealized "Noble Savage." (I also, incorrectly it would seem, recall Jane falling for a native. So I may have conflated this book with another I read at the same time.) It was a much better book this time around, perhaps because (as an adult) I can forgive Jane for som ...more
Jennifer
I bought #2 a couple of years ago in a clearance section, so I had to find #1. Hopefully it will be a good one for Emmaline to read.
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I'm glad I picked up the second one, because it made me find the first one.

This was a good quick read. It follows Jane as she travels from Philadelphia to the coast of Oregon to marry her childhood idol. When she gets to Oregon after a horrendous boat ride, she finds William isn't there. Now she
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Beth
Jenni Holm has an amazing ability to write a story that you initially think you're not going to like (as Ruta Sepetys says -- historical fiction is often treated like the ugly girl at the dance: nobody wants to touch it) and then BAM! There it is. You suddenly have fallen in love with it and with the main character. I was initially dubious of Jane's motivations to up and move to the Pacific Northwest frontier for the sake of marrying a man she barely knew, but she quietly and unexpectedly grows ...more
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Jennifer L. Holm is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children's author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE.

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“Miss Hepplewhite looked pained.

"Miss Peck," she said at last, "a young lady should never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, run. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are at risk, it is always preferable to faint.”
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“Papa always said you make your own luck.
And maybe you do.”
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