166th out of 788 books — 613 voters
Highway Girl: An English Girl's Diary, 1670 (My Story: Girls)
It's 1670. When Susannah and her brother are orphaned she is forced to live on the charity of distant relations in England while he seeks his fortune in America. But when news arrives that her brother is dangerously ill Susannah stops at nothing to get the money she desperately needs to save his life.
Paperback, 171 pages
Published January 5th 2009 by Scholastic
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When Susannah Makepeace's mother dies, she and her older brother, Dominic, are left orphaned and homeless in late 17th century England. Dominic decides to travel to the New World of America in hopes of making his fortune, and so Susannah must go to live with her wealthy, distant cousins, the de Gracys, who have a large estate, Gracy Park. Susannah hates having to live off of the charity of relatives she has never before met, and knows it may be a long time before she is reunited with Dominic.
BRILLIANT BOOK! I was intrigued right from the start I was glued to this book. Susannah Makepeace is left an orphan along with her beloved older brother Dominic when they dear mother dies. The Gracy family who are distant relatives invite her to stay with them while her brother travels to America to make a lot of money. At Gracy Park she meets Juliana Lady Anne and Sir Rogers daughter who thinks if no one but herself and calls Susannah Susan. Since Juliana is afraid of dogs and Su has a dog call...more
Highway Girl, by Valerie Wilding, is about a girl, Susannah in England in 1670 who loses her mum and dad. She only has her brother, but he goes to America (the new world) and she to live with her mean stuck up cousin's family. They treat her really bad ans she has no friends but their servant and they force her to stay in the keeper's cottage. Everyone believes the Keeper's Cottage is haunted except Susannah. Her family force her to get married to this really person so they can get more money. S...more
Apart from a fleeting mention of the Civil War on the first page, this didn't feel entrenched in any historical period. There wasn't much period detail to set it in any particular era? Susannah's voice didn't feel ~historical~ or even very diary-ish -- this was more like a novel written in the first person. And despite the title, it took ages for Susannah to actually get her gear on and start robbing folk. But Bid was cute! I liked when Susannah asked her if one could walk to the Stag's Head, an...more
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.