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Seek tirelessly and you shall not find a contemporary heroine of middle-grade literature as refined and romantic as Miss Polly Madassa. Still swooning over the romantic conclusions of Pride & Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables, twelve-year-old Polly decides her purpose in life: helping along lonely hearts in search of love. Polly's only task this summer is to make deli ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by EgmontUSA (first published December 1st 2009)
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Jenn Estepp
Jan 25, 2016 Jenn Estepp rated it it was ok
i'm such a sucker for a pretty book cover, and i still think that this one is a beauty. but it also raised expectations, already somewhat elevated by some advanced praise i read of the book. alas, it didn't quite live up to either. which is a darn shame, because i still think the idea is solid and that polly has the makings of a good character. but ...

the word "annoying" has been bandied about a lot on these other goodreads reviws and i'm going to agree with them. and it isn't just the trying-t
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Yan
Jul 21, 2009 Yan rated it liked it
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Andrea
Polly Madassa is quite the winsome character, and I adore her. She takes her favorite novels very seriously, allowing them to inspire the way she dresses, talks, and interacts with others. With books as her guide, she tends to get lost in whimsical fantasies and has a flair for the dramatic. But her heart is in the right place.

Though she sometimes slips up and talks like a modern girl, her narration is very much like reading novels by Jane Austen and Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was refreshing. And
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
At the tender age of 12, Polly Madassa has discovered Jane Austen and fallen hopelessly in love. Convinced that she's an Austen heroine born in the wrong time, Polly walks around her modern town speaking in Austen's flowery prose. She's only read Pride and Prejudice, and so has not learned Emma's lesson about meddling. Polly goes about delivering baked goods from her family's bakery and trying to spread happiness and love among her neighbors by matchmaking. Of course, as we all know, the course ...more
Stefanie
This book was utterly adorable. Polly was a great main character and I loved how the entire thing was written like we were actually there with Jane Austen, even though it takes place in the twenty first century. There were a couple times though I was a bit annoyed by the characters, which is why I gave it four and not five stars. Still an overall enjoyable read.
Della
Apr 25, 2011 Della rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ia lebih menyukai lilin daripada lampu, lebih suka suara mesin tik daripada komputer, dan sangat menyukai gaun berhias renda dan kerutan. Ia bicara dalam bahasa berbunga-bunga, senang bersepeda sambil menikmati wangi garam di udara (karena ia tinggal dekat laut), dan mengawali tiap pagi dengan harum roti dan gula karena kedua orang tuanya memiliki toko roti.

Namanya Polly Madassa, usia 12 tahun. Novel kesukaan: Anne of The Green Gables dan Pride and Prejudice. Berbekal kedua novel romantis itu da
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Kimberly Derting
Aug 15, 2009 Kimberly Derting rated it it was amazing
Polly Madasa is darn near one of the cutest protagonists I've read. I fell hard for her quirky ways! A lover of all things quaint and romantic, Polly is like a fish-out-water in the rough-and-tumble 21st Century. She prefers candlelight to electric lamps, carriages to cars, and good old fashioned courting to today's internet dating. When she decides to take her town's romantic interests into her own hands, silly matchmaking (and hilarity) ensues!

Funny, sweet, and charming, Scones & Sensibil
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Carmela Coyle
Feb 19, 2013 Carmela Coyle rated it it was amazing
Lucy Maud Montgomery and Jane Austen book fans will enjoy this modern day middle grade story. I did!! It's breezy and fun. Wittingly, twelve old Polly Madassa "channels" revered literary idols, Anne Shirley and Elizabeth Bennett, as she goes about her business (and that of many others) in a dreamy coastal town. Her self-proclaimed sole purpose is to devise ways to assist townsfolk in finding true love. She speaks with the lilt of bygone days and thus the story unfolds with triumphs and troubles.
QNPoohBear
12 year-old Polly Madassa dreams of the days when Elizabeth Bennet walked the halls of Pemberley with Mr. Darcy and Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables) rambled down Lover's Lane. Polly lives and breathes her two favorite novels, even attempting to speak like a 19th century heroine. In the small seaside town where her parents own a bakery, Polly searches for real life Elizabeths, Darcys, Annes and Gilberts for her nearest and dearest. She also wants to regain the affections of ...more
Brandy Painter
Review originally posted here.

Polly is a very quirky 12 year old. She is a precocious young reader who read Anne of Green Gables in fourth grade and at 12 has just read Pride and Prejudice for the first time. She has requested that her computer be replaced with an old fashioned typewriter, learned calligraphy, embroiders and wears frilly dresses. She also talks like Anne at her most flowery and melodramatic. The book is a first person narrative from Polly's POV so the entire thing is written in
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Mia Prasetya
Polly Madasa, gadis kecil berusia 12 tahun mungkin bisa kita anugrahkan predikat gadis paling romantis yang ada di muka bumi. Bagaimana tidak, buku favoritnya Pride and Predudice and Anne of Green Gables yang dibaca berulang kali. Ia lebih menyukai menulis dengan lilin dibanding mengetik di internet. Bahasa sehari-hari Pollypun sama persis dengan kalimat jadul ala Anne ditambah Polly juga pengkhayal kelas berat, sering kali orang tua dan teman-temannya dibuat bingung oleh tingkah laku Polly yang ...more
Rachel
Jan 24, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it
Eland's protagonist, a middle schooler newly obsessed with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice after a childhood of Anne of Green Gables, is written with quirky charm as she takes up calligraphy, wears dresses and bonnets, and otherwise does her best to live up to the example of her literary heroes. She has even schooled herself to speak (and think!) in an approximation of the proper English of centuries ago. It is the perfect hook.

Unfortunately, the protagonist is blind to the real-world needs of
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Miss Clark
Feb 07, 2010 Miss Clark rated it liked it
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Nana
Mar 02, 2010 Nana rated it it was amazing
The Original Review - Here!



The narrator of the story, Polly, is a charming girl who enjoys classic stuff. In the summer the story’s narrated, Polly finds herself at a new job; making deliveries for her parent’s bakery while remembering her matchmaking gift at a singular situation she decides to find an “true love” to her Dearest Fran father. This is where the adventure starts since Polly already feels confident about her gift that she decides to take her town’s romantic interests into her own
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Karissa
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it liked it
To be perfectly honest, I picked up this book because I loved the cover...that and I like Jane Austen. It was a cute, fun, silly, and quick read. I enjoyed it.

12 year old Polly Madessa has just finished reading "Pride and Prejudice" and has decided that she has a new goal for the summer...to make people fall in love. In between delivering pastries for her parents' bakery she works to push people together and pull people apart (when she doesn't think they are well suited). In general she makes on
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Steph Su
Apr 22, 2010 Steph Su rated it liked it
Shelves: debs09
SCONES AND SENSIBILITY, Lindsay Eland’s debut novel, introduces to us a quirky yet endearing heroine who will probably remind us all too well of ourselves, especially if you are, too, a fan of Anne Shirley and Elizabeth Bronte. Its romantic affectations may make it appeal more to older readers instead of its intended middle-grade audience, but readers of all age will be able to laugh at Polly’s misconceptions and mistakes, and smile as she grows up and discovers the difference between fiction an ...more
Claire
Sep 19, 2011 Claire rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this book. I thought it would have more humor and more cute twelve year old romance but really it was about a whiny little girl who wanted to set people up when she really didn't have a clue how to do it. Instead of Sensibility she was playing a little bit Emma but way more annoying.
The main character, Polly, loves JA and throughout the entire novel talks like they did in JA books. At first I thought it was endearing but it really it was annoying. However, I found it fabul
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Erica
Nov 24, 2010 Erica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-obsession
A romantic book for tweenage readers who love Anne of Green Gables and Mr. Darcy?! That was all I needed to hear before delving into this charming tale of twelve-year-old Polly Madassa, who decides to play matchmaker (ála Austen’s Emma) in her small beach town, often with disastrous and comical results. The language is hilariously overwrought and the chapter titles adorable, as in “In Which My Family Is Introduced and My Bosom Friend Gives Me Distressing News.” I happily embraced my “30 going on ...more
Lisa
Mar 15, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
Cute and sugary story of a young girl, Polly, who is equal parts Emma Woodhouse (Austen's "Emma") and Anne Shirley (Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables").

Polly is a matchmaker wannabe in the modern world, desperately trying to keep her bosom friend Fran from hating her when her matchmaking skillz go rabidly wrong for her father. Polly's also doomed at trying to find Mr. Right for her sister. Will she get it right? Or wallow in the pits of despair at being the ultimate busybody and failure?

Mix th
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Diana
How adorable is this book? I mean really, it's so cute and I fell in love with it immediately. Polly is 12 and has just read Pride and Prejudice and it has changed her life. She is transformed into a well bred elegant lady who must become a matchmaker for all the love starved people in her little town. Unfortunately, Polly's matchmaking turns disastrous and she has to learn the hard way that books are very different than real life. I loved the cover, the title, and all of the characters. I laugh ...more
Liz
This was such a fun, light-hearted read! I really enjoyed the way it was written, like it was meant to sound like a Jane Austen novel or Anne of Green Gables. I know some people thought Polly's matchmaking and continually making the same mistakes was annoying. Personally, I've always been very intent on finding love and definitely remember having crushes in fifth grade, so I found her behavior to be relatable and understandable. I think middle grade readers will relate to what Polly goes through ...more
Penny McGill
Dec 15, 2014 Penny McGill rated it really liked it
How can you not read a book with a title like this? And then, her dedication reads "And always to John, who is my own Gilbert Blythe, my real life Mr. Darcy, and the love of my life" so you know that Lindsay Eland is a kindred spirit right away.

Young Polly lives above the bakery that her parents run and has an older sister. Their home is in a small town by the sea in New Jersey and she regularly rides her bike along the beach while she makes deliveries of muffins and croissants. It's picture per
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Bnbookblog
Feb 05, 2014 Bnbookblog rated it liked it

3.5 Stars...

This book was really cute. In fact, it went overboard on the cuteness factor. That was the main issue I had with the book. It became so cloyingly sweet that I didn't know what to do. Everything was saturated in pure sugar, and not in a good way. Overall, though, it wasn't bad. Eland is highly talented, as shown by the creation of Polly's highly stylized voice. The plot wasn't the most original concept, but it was less predictable, particularly the ending, than I thought it would be.
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Lizzie L.
May 13, 2014 Lizzie L. rated it it was ok
Scones and Sensibility
Written by: Lindsay Eland
By: Lizzie Lemone group 76

Polly Madasa is a normal 12 year old girl who talks like she’s a character from the books she loves to read that take place in the 1800’s. Okay so she’s not that normal because it is the 21st century. She like most girls has a small obsession. For example some girls’ latest obsession may be “One Direction”. Not Polly, her obsession is getting into peoples’ love lives. I thought this book was not the most interesting book,
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Christina
Dec 18, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
The first thing that came into my mind when I saw 'Scones and Sensibility' was that it had a gorgeous cover - I have to admit, the girliness and pinkness of the cover was just so pretty!

This book has been in my TBR pile for about a year now, but I decided to pick it up during this past week (finals week) because I needed a fun and light book to read when I wasn't studying for exams. This book is perfect for that!

Polly Madassa is a quirky, old-fashioned 12-year old girl living in the modern world
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Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
Cetakan 1 : Maret 2011
ISBN : 978-979-024-469-6
Tebal Buku : 302 Halaman


Blurb

Polly Madassa mungkin gadis dua belas tahun paling romantic di dunia. Dia lebih suka lilin daripada lampu, memilih mesin tik daripada computer, dan berbicara seperti tokoh-tokoh dalam buku klasik. Terlebih lagi, setelh berulang-ulang membaca buku Pride and Prejudice karya Jane Austen, Polly merasa dirinya paling paham urusan asmara dan bertekad untuk menjodohkan orang-orang di sekeli
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Stefanie Kellum
Jul 28, 2012 Stefanie Kellum rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-kids
So stinkin' cute! Polly's like a little mini Emma Woodhouse who tries to help her friends and neighbors find love with disastrous results.
Kay Carman
Feb 23, 2016 Kay Carman rated it it was ok
Shelves: stories, services
This one deserves the rating, "It was just okay." The twelve-year-old heroine of this story is obsessed with the characters of Anne Shirley from the book, Anne of Green Gables, and Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice. I love those books! I should have loved this book! But alas, my hopefulness gave way to a perfect graveyard of buried dreams.

Polly works overtime on matchmaking, trying to manipulate the people around her into acting like characters in her favorite books, and disaster strikes,
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Shannon
Mar 13, 2014 Shannon rated it did not like it
Did not finish.main character was too pretentious.
Kat
Spell check is not enough. Pray, get thee a proofreader!

Let me preface by saying that I really like this book. Its characters are charming and the plot was easy to sink into. However, its spelling and grammatical errors slightly detracted from my enjoyment of the novel. I find it hard to turn off my brain and not notice errors when reading books, newspapers, magazines, Web sites, etc. How can a mistake like "As I road to Fran's house" (last paragraph of Chapter 19) get through to final printin
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