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A Buss from Lafayette
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Clara is quite ...more
It's the summer of 1825 and General Lafayette is on a farewell tour as the Nation's Guest. People are lining up in the big cities just to catch a glimpse of this remarkable man who helped secure America's freedom from the British.
At the same time, in the small town of Hopkinton a girl named Clara Har ...more
Clara is a 13/14 year old girl, who's still coming to terms with the death of her mother, quick marriage of her father to her aunt and the fast approaching birth of her half-sister. Add her strong dislike for her red hair, a pesky brother and the horrid idea that she should give up the most fun aspects of life a ...more
I am wonderfully impressed by this book! The author brought so many facts about the Revolutionary War and General Lafayette out in such an organic manner! All of the conversations I can clearly see taking place in my mind as the characters discuss events of the War and the actions of General Lafayette. While it is a little more difficult to see a very young female as being outspoken enough to interrupt adult male conversations without rebuke given the time of the setting, her gro ...more
A historical fiction book that heavily focuses on the American Revolution and the Frenchman – known as the National Guest in the States – General Lafayette. It is set in June 1825. The story is told from the point of view of 14-year-old Clara Hargraves from New Hampshire. She is struggling with some major changes in her life (like her spinster smarmy schoolteacher aunt now being her stepmother – and pregnant!). As if that is not betrayal enough, now “Prissy Priscilla” is trying to conf ...more
In this coming age novel, Clara Hargraves must come to terms with a step mother she feels is trying to take her dead mother’s place, her flaming red hair that draws attention and teasing, and just being a 14 year old girl.
The book takes place in 1825 and as the title suggests, central to the story is the tour of The States by revolutionary War Hero, General Lafayette. While Clara navigates the inevitable and timeless pitfalls of being a 14 year old, the world around her is a buzz with Lafayette’ ...more
I liked Clara's personality and the evolving relationship with her stepmother, cousin, and Dickon, who used to tease her. I think if there had been a little more interaction with each of those characters, it would have been even better.
I think fans of Laura Ingalls' books, Anne of Green Gables, and Larkrise to Candleford would enjoy this.
Some young people might feel this is ...more