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Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
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Sep 13, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, juvenile-fiction, pacific-northwest, realistic-fiction, family, women-in-the-west
Recommended for: 9 up
Read in September, 2011

Spunky girl growing up in turn of the century Southwest Washington. Only girl among 7 brothers in immigrant Finnish family, she refuses to bow to exceptions for girls for that time and subsequently seems to be a magnet for trouble. Doesn't sugar coat the struggles homesteading families faced here in the PNW.

Naturally, coming from Southwest Washington myself I loved the setting- the descriptions of farming and logging made the moss between my toes tingle. The valley I grew up in had been settled by many Finnish immigrant farmers (though we were much further from the coast, but I am familiar with Naselle and Astoria) and I had no problem imagining the adventures of May Amelia in this landscape.

Read in a tent on the Oregon Coast.
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