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Pollyanna Grows Up

(Pollyanna #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  11,534 ratings  ·  335 reviews
The sequel to Pollyanna finds the effervescent orphan on the verge of womanhood.

Her crippled legs cured, Pollyanna takes her glad heart to cheer new friends in Boston before travelling to Europe with Aunt Polly and Dr Chilton. But growing up brings sorrows as well as joys, and when she returns after six years, with Dr Chilton dead and Aunt Polly fallen on hard times, even
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 29th 1996 by Puffin Classics (first published 1915)
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Keith At the start of this book Pollyanna is about 12 years old, which establishes a connection with the previous book for those who have not read it. Then …moreAt the start of this book Pollyanna is about 12 years old, which establishes a connection with the previous book for those who have not read it. Then Pollyanna goes away and comes back at age 21 for the development of the theme of this book.(less)

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Luisa Knight
A wonderful follow-up to the first book!

The first half of this book takes place soon after "Pollyanna," with the second half being about her growing up, how she finds work and falls in love - a part that I always enjoy reading about, particularly when a character has become a favorite. I simply must know if and when and to whom they married.

I was saddened by Aunt Polly's seemingly brief time at playing the Glad Game and wish that those principles would have sunk in deeper so that when the trial
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Rachel
This is the most dearest and charming book EVER! I enjoyed it even a teensy bit more I think than the first book and was "glad" indeed when everything ended so nicely and perfectly. It only took me a couple of days to finish; I couldn't put it down. A new favorite book to add with my collection of "period drama" favorites. ;) ...more
Laura Verret
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classic-fiction
It was interesting to discover what happened to Pollyanna and Jimmy in their later years, although I found Aunt Polly's relapse quite unbelievable....... ...more
Victoria Lynn
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great Porter book and a fabulous sequel. I just love all of these characters!
Paula Vince
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
An entertaining sequel to 'Pollyanna', full of characters from the first book, including Aunt Polly, John Pendleton and Jimmy Bean, who is now Jimmy Pendleton.

In the first half of the book, Pollyanna is sent to stay with Mrs Ruth Carew, a lady in deep depression because her beloved little nephew was taken away by his eccentric father. Even though her brother-in-law has passed away, little Jamie's whereabouts are still unknown. These days he'd be on the missing person files. Ruth can't bear not k
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Petrichor
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ummm. I was going to rate this a touch less severely, but the second half of this book was supremely uncomfortable and mainly consisted of all the characters convincing themselves and each other that everyone else was in love with someone scandalously older or younger. In the end, everyone was matched up into (mostly) age-appropriate relationships, but I am forced to deduct a star for the cringe.
Angie Thompson
I love this book so much! The second half even more than the first, although the first half is important to the second. Even if it does contain the most convoluted imaginary love polygon in the history of literature. :)

Seriously, though, every time I go to diagram this thing, my mind threatens to explode. X loves Y but is afraid Z also loves Y and thinks Y might also love Z. Meantime, Y loves X but is afraid X might be falling in love with A. Z really loves B, despite X's suspicions, but B is af
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Ania
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Road to Avonlea"
Shelves: anna-banana
This book was a bit strange as it was definitely a 2-in-1 story. The first half of the book starts soon after the first book ended and Pollyanna is now 12, and not 11 years old as she was in the first book. The story involves her aunt and uncle leaving for Germany and so Pollyanna goes to live with an acquaintance in Boston in an effort to cheer up the sad, lonely, negative woman.

The second half of the book picks up when Pollyanna is 24 years old! and a lot has happened too. Her new uncle has p
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mandinmandin
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Pollyanna shown in ''Pollyanna Grows Up'', isn't the same as the one shown in the first book. She really got my nerves on.
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Amy Rae
Part of the reason I reread Pollyanna was so I could try reading Pollyanna Grows Up, which I'd never picked up as a child. And I'm glad I didn't, because I don't find it anywhere near as charming as the first book.

Various small adventures are charming--Pollyanna goes to Boston, meets new people, and learns to live in a city for the first time--but they're sewn through with behavior I'd hate for children to try repeating in real life. Pollyanna visits the slums and learns of the squalor and hard
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Deb
I first read Pollyanna, as a youngster, probably around the time the first Disney movie was released. I loved the book, probably more because of the movie and my crush on Hayley Mills. I never read this sequel, Pollyanna Grows Up so when I found it for free for the Kindle, I downloaded it. As a nostalgia trip, this book was okay. Otherwise I found it cloying and predictable. Pollyanna spends a winter in Boston while her aunt and new husband Dr. Chilton head to Europe. Pollyanna brings the Glad G ...more
Katja
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. At first I was very wary of this book. I grew up with Pollyanna. How could there be another book about her? Wouldn’t it be simply horrible? But I decided to try it, and by chapter one I was interested. By chapter three or four I was no longer really worried. Pollyanna was yet Pollyanna. My favourite part of the book, however, is when Pollyanna is actually “grown up”—(view spoiler) ...more
Emma
Loved, loved, loved this!! So simple and sweet and the perfect sequel to Pollyanna. :)
Sheila
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice sequel to the classic Pollyanna story, this book follows Pollyanna from where the original book leaves off, then jumps ahead to teen years and finally to young adulthood. It was nice to see that Pollyanna, even when faced with grown up challenges, was still able to maintain her optimistic outlook on life most of the time.
 christine ✩
3 or 4th time reading
did not help my reputation of being extremely weird while reading :D

*was laughing hysterically during all the very emotional scenes* - (view spoiler)

Also hahhahah Sadie and Jamie though.
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Ana-Maria Lungu
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a very touching book. I also read the first volume and I love both of them.
Princess Katie
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good book and sequel to Pollyanna. I enjoyed it a lot, though I spent a long time reading it. It wasn't nearly as charming as the first book, and I was dissatisfied with the ending. It wasn't that everyone died, but Jimmy Bean just drove me up a wall with something I thought they would resolve at the end of the book, but didn't. There were a few other things as well... I finished reading this book in the car and my family had to hear me rant for a few minutes. It was just a bit unbelievable, r ...more
Erin
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
In this 1915 sequel, Pollyanna spends a winter in Boston and makes many new friends. She continues to unconsciously bring drastic change into the lives of others. There's even more mystery in this book, as the identity of one of Pollyanna's friends is in question. In the second half of the story there's a time jump that takes us to Pollyanna's 20th year. She's caught the eye of one young man in particular, but there are things he feels may keep them apart. It's a race to the end to see if all ou ...more
Shelley
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book aloud with my kids (ages 9,11 and 13). We loved it! It had a bit of a slow start compared to the first book, but the wonderful story was worth it. We had so many hysterical moments reading this together during the pandemic of 2020. It provided us with an outlet to enter into the joy, sadness and confusion these characters experienced in Pollyanna’s growing up years. So good!!
P.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Seems Pollyanna grew up to be disingenuous.
Jessica Landberg
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nostalgic read!
Rithara~❤️The Astrophilia ❤️
This book had a beautiful plot, but I rated it 3 stars because the book wasn’t so attractive.
Cora Parandi
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so dang good and I loved it! Praise to Pollyanna.
T. R.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a wonderful sequel following a bit of the same story. Pollyanna changes the hearts of others who need her warmth. I was more attached to the first book, but I do think this is a lovely sequel especially to see Pollyanna act a little older. ...more
Angel **Book Junkie**
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a child I loved Pollyanna it was one of those movies that I think my parents had to buy six or seven times because I had worn out the VHS completely. I never knew that there was a second Pollyanna and although I have read a lot of books I had never read the first one either. So I sat on my journey at a time I needed to be glad. The recent storms took my lights out this past weekend so it was a good thing my Kindle was fully charged and waking up to 100 degree weather at 5 am you find that Pol ...more
Melani
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, romance
Pollyanna Grows Up is the second Pollyanna book, but the last one written by Eleanor Porter. It's a servicable read, but a lot of the charm of the first book is lost in this one.

The plot is split in two parts. The first half of the book is still about young Pollyanna, not even a year after her accident and recovery in the first book. She's sent to stay with a complete stranger in Boston while her aunt and Dr. Chilton go off to Germany for reasons. Ok, so not a complete stranger, but rather the s
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Flavia Pessoa
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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Christy Peterson
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
We love Pollyanna and her contribution to encouraging people to have a positive mental attitude. If you want more of the first book, you won't be disappointed. Seriously, Pollyanna inspires an older woman, gets her married and helps another young boy find a home.

The message of being an example and not preaching is nicely illustrated. I liked how having material possessions was shown not to be a reason for being glad, but that doesn't mean to not be grateful. Material wealth isn't what life is a
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Наталія
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I was excited about reading the continuation of Pollyanna, because a) until recently I hadn't known it existed (I'm slow, I know) and b) I loved the first book, it's cute and touching and makes you feel things.

This book started off as fun too, and I enjoyed reading about Pollyanna's new adventures (of course, I predicted the development of most situations, but hey, it's a book for children and the author leaves a lot of clues floating around), especially how she met new friends and changed their
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Catarina
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm truly glad I found this book. I love the "Glad Books" so much and I though Pollyanna was a stand alone, so I was utterly happy when I found this one.
Pollyanna was given to me by a dear friend who says she's reminded of Pollyanna when she hears me talk, because I always see the bright side of things.
I grew up with book, I grew up a bit with Pollyanna, with her attitudes and her way of facing life: I cried onto this book and smacked it a lot into the table in the parts that frustrated me while
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Eleanor Emily Hodgman Porter (December 19, 1868 – May 21, 1920) was an American novelist.She was born as Eleanor Emily Hodgman in Littleton, New Hampshire on December 19, 1868, the daughter of Llewella French (née Woolson) and Francis Fletcher Hodgman. She was trained as a singer, attending New England Conservatory for several years. In 1892, she married John Lyman Porter and relocated to Massachu ...more

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