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Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm
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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. William and Jane exchange letters and after five years William asks Jane to come to Shoalwater Bay and to marry him.

Jane thrived at Miss Hepplewhite’s school and tries to apply the adages of Miss Hepplewhite’s book on being a fine lady throughout her trip and as she settles into life among the Chinook Indians. Of course there are many difficulties in being a fine lady in the wilderness. Jane learns to survive both hardship and great disappointment. She displays courage, ingenuity and great compassion. This is a great adventure story that is both very funny and poignant.


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