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Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm
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Aug 25, 09

bookshelves: historical-fiction, young-adult, part-of-a-series, middle-school, high-school
Read in August, 2009

I decided to read this book because Jennifer Holm is going to be the guest speaker at a conference I will be attending soon. I'll be honest--I wasn't exactly thrilled when I picked up this book. But to my surprise, I found myself engrossed in the story

Set in America in the early 1800s, 16-year-old Jane is a freespirit raised by her doctor father to be a be an independent thinker. She suddenly becomes aware that she is not like the other girls thanks to her father's apprentice, William, who encourages her to attend Miss Hepplewhite's Young Ladies Academy and become a lady of society. Later, when William asks her to join him in marriage and travel to Indian territory in what is now Washington state, she can't wait to take the journey of a lifetime and show William what a accomplished young lady she has become. The long journey to Shoalwater Bay and the hard days of settling afterward make Jane ponder many questions: Does it really matter how she dresses? Was Papa right about William? Does she have the skill and determination to survive on the frontier? Should she honor her word or follow her heart?

I'll be looking forward to reading more of this series soon!
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