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Sue Barton, Neighborhood Nurse (Sue Barton #6)

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Sue Barton, Neighborhood Nurse. Sue Barton left her position as Superintendent of Nurses at the Springdale, New Hampshire Hospital in order to raise a family. Now she and Dr. Bill have three children: six-year-old Tabitha and the four-year-old twins, Johnny and Jerry. Sue is happy in her job as wife and mother until she goes to a reunion of her class in nursing school ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published January 1st 1949 by Little Brown & Company
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Jan 02, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
This is darling. (What can I say, the language of the time is rubbing off on me.) The title's a little misleading because Sue isn't really the neighborhood nurse here - she's more like the neighborhood mother. Cal is a magnetic character, and Sue's kids are delightful, and Bill is darling, too. This is a little like Anne of Ingleside, in a way: old fashioned but somehow timeless, centered on family, and so, so charming.
Kit and Sue go to visit the hospital they trained in and Sue starts to wonder if being a stay at home mum is a waste of her nursing skills. She finds herself caught up in the drama of her famous artist neighbour and her neglected daughter, while her own children bring their own unique problems.

This one was interesting because Sue is raising her kids and is not working, but her medical and social skills are required to solve a few problems. Cal likes to hang around at the Barry house and spend ti
After the last two books seeming a little lackluster, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. While some plot points were still too easily resolved, I felt like the writing and dialogue was more similar to the fresh and witty banter that the first few books had. I also really liked the setting for this, as well as the new secondary characters that were introduced. Some of the homey, everyday-life details that were included reminded me just a little of the Beany Malone books, and I mean that in a ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Melee added it
Have you ever remembered reading a book as a child but find yourself unable to remember the exact title of the book, let alone the author or key points of the plot?
Well, this is one of those books for me. I read it once as a child (I think I got it at my grandmother's library) and vaguely remembered it in later years. I've kept searching for it every now and then but nothing ever came up. (Turns out I had the title wrong... I thought it was "Nurse in the Neighbor
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Jan 18, 2008 Maria Elmvang rated it liked it
Just like with the Anne series, the later books are more about Sue's kids than about herself. Unlike Anne though, this switch doesn't seem strained, as we still hear of the children's experiences through the eyes of Sue, rather than through them themselves. I never thought I should say it, but Montgomery could have learned something from this. Too bad chronology didn't allow it ;)

Honestly though, the further I get into this series, the less I understand why I haven't read the last 4 books in so
Jul 14, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, nurses
This is one of my two favorites from the "Sue Barton" series, ("Student Nurse" is the other). A wonderful story. Sue's question of whether her vocation is being wasted as a stay-at-home mom is well-explored here.
Apr 16, 2008 Samantha rated it liked it
I read these books as a preteen and loved them. They seemed so grown up and Sue always seemed to overcome her difficulties. And of course the lovely Bill...
Mar 20, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it
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Dec 20, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: j, amer-culture
I confess to reading this because a Sue Barton series book was featured on Awful Library Books, and because I did so enjoy the candy that was the last one I read. This one, however, shows its age terribly since Sue has found her Highest Most Important Calling as a Wife and Mother (and I'm reading The Feminine Mystique right now and boy can you see how American cultural changes led to changes in this series!). Still some exciting medical emergencies and Sue has a weird affection for the old-fashi ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woah, where have the 1970s photo covers gone?! This isn't what my copy looks like.

But I don't really care. I know that some of the attitudes in this book are somewhat - ahem - dated, with respect to the roles of men and women in bringing up children. But if you have ever been the mother of three small children, much of what's described here rings very true - the dirt, the tantrums, the unanswerable questions that come from nowhere, the accidents, the noise, the jobs that always need doing, the
Feb 15, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-2015
It's just not the same as Student Nurse, Senior Nurse or Visiting Nurse, even Rural Nurse had more to it. This just seemed like a quaint 40s novel of a woman realising she's fully utilised as a mother. Of course, it's still cute and I love Sue!
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An only child, Helen Dore Boylston attended Portsmouth public schools and trained as a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. Two days after graduating, she joined the Harvard medical unit that had been formed to serve with the British Army. After the war, she missed the comradeship, intense effort, and mutual dependence of people upon one another when under pressure, and joined the Red Cross to ...more
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