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Boston Jane: An Adventure (Boston Jane #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  3,499 Ratings  ·  345 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Jane Peck has ventured to the unknown wilds of the Northwest to wed her childhood idol, William Baldt. But her impeccable training at Miss Hepplewhite's Young Ladies Academy in Philadelphia is hardly preparation for the colorful characters and crude life that await her in Washington Territory.

Thrown upon her wits in the wild, Jane must determine for hersel
Paperback, 273 pages
Published September 17th 2002 by HarperTrophy (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I spent the last week of my life reading this historical fiction for 9-12 year olds out loud to my daughters. And, while my 7-year-old was waxing and waning in her interest and my almost 10-year-old was completely fascinated by the story, I was spending all of my time wondering. . . what in the hell is this OBSESSION in literature with plucky, vivacious redheads??

Now, if you are a redhead, please know. . . I am not anti-redheads. One of my very best friends is just about the most stunning woman
I loved historical fiction when I was younger. I've always read a lot, and I've always read a lot of different books. There are a couple of genres that I've never really been a fan of, but I've always been a non-discriminating reader. However. Historical fiction has always been an absolute favorite of mine. 9 times out of 10 as a kid, my nose was found in an American Girl book or a Dear America book. I hungrily read anything that could transport me to a time and place and situation other than my ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Motherless Jane Peck ran wild until age eleven when, against her father's wishes, she decided to become a proper young lady at the urging of her father's apprentice, William. When William leaves for the wilds of the Northwest frontier, Jane is devastated. When, at age fifteen, Jane receives a letter from William proposing marriage, she is eager to accept, even though her father does not want her to. But Jane gets her way, and she sets sail from Philadelphia on a ship bound for Washington. But th ...more
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Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this a long time ago like 10 years ago. so I really need to re-read it to truly rate it
I have now re read it and I loved it maybe even more then the first time I read it and now I badly want to read the sequels and we have one of trying them (now to see if I can find it). This book is crazy interesting and it really sucks you into the time period that it is set and you fall in love with the characters and love them like thay are real I did give this four stars but now I am giv
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Nov 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Fun, delightful book. Not one that was life-changing or inspiring, but a quick, amusing read.

I read a few reviews saying it was racist. Ridiculous! Obviously those readers didn't get a chance to finish. The main character starts out top the frontier with decided views on the "savages" were like, but in the end realizes that all of that was wrong.

At the beginning of the novel, she has decided to go to finishing school to become a lady. This conversation between her and the teacher on the first d
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a charming late middle-school/ early YA book. Jane's father, a surgeon, is raising her alone, and when she gets teased by neighborhood girls for her hoydenish ways, she works on becoming a lady. Some years later she travels to Oregon Territory to marry a fellow and has to adapt to the rough circumstances there. So her personal journey is from competence to incompetence (aka "being a lady") and back to competence. The historical details are interesting and convinced me the author did her res ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I tried very briefly. But. Look considering what the blurb on the back says I don't feel this is a spoiler at all. It makes NO SENSE. She's in friggen Philadelphia and she takes a ship. Daddy's all "OH CHOLERA IT'S TOO DANGEROUS" just so the author can put her on a ship. Because sailing Cape Horn was SO SAFE. What. How does that even make sense??? Plus overland would have taken half the time, thus less time for something bad to happen. Lazy lazy lazy illogical storytelling. On top of which did w ...more
While I do also like Jennifer L. Holm's "Our Only May Amelia", I have always preferred Miss Jane Peck's adventures. From the ridiculous (but based in historical fact) rules of Miss Hepplewhite, and the unfortunate morals of William Baldt, to the unconventional love of an unconventional father and the romanticized realism of Jesu Scudder, the story is insightful and entertaining.

As a young child I read historical fiction almost constantly, and this story has stayed with me because of its wonderfu
I picked up this book to read for my nook from my local library, when I wanted something quick & fast to read. I didn't realize it's young adults (and considered middle school at that, which I don't normally read too much of) so the book was a lighter than I had planned, but overall was a great read.

Poor Jane - she falls in love with a man vastly unsuited for her, and from almost the very beginning of the book does everything she can to make him love her even more. Very true for its age, thi
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Jennifer L. Holm is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children's author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE.

Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. She is also the author of several other highly pra
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“Miss Hepplewhite looked pained.

"Miss Peck," she said at last, "a young lady should never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, run. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are at risk, it is always preferable to faint.”
“Like me!" I said. "I have to work hard, too. Why, I haven't thrown manure in over two months!” 8 likes
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