What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED!: Old children's book - girl who hurts her back [s]

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message 1: by Alina (new)

Alina | 4 comments I remember reading an old children's book about a little girl living in a little town (not Pollyanna). She disobeys her parents by playing on a swing, falls off and hurts her back. She is bedridden for a couple years and learns to be patient and kind.

She has an aunt who is also bedridden and serves as a role model.

All the characters keep quoting a poem about all kinds of things going wrong "for lack of a nail" - i.e. one little mistake can have grave consequences.

The girl's name might be Sarah, but I'm not sure.

Ring a bell, anyone?


message 2: by CLM (new)

CLM | 304 comments This is What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge.

For some reason, this book is better known in England than in the US, although as I recall it is set in New England. The sequels are:
What Katy Did at School, What Katy Did Next, Clover, and In the High Valley.

message 3: by Alina (new)

Alina | 4 comments Thanks so much! That's it!

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