Sunday, November 20, 2011
Emily's Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
When Emily suddenly finds herself an orphan, her nice neighbors help her get ready to travel to her kind Aunt Hilda's home. She knows she will be welcome there and loved. But not everyone wants to let her go...
Random House for Kids sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). You can get a copy at your local bookstore now.
Emily is nice quiet little girl who has lived a sheltered life. When her mother dies suddenly, she's cast adrift in life. Her nice neighbors help her find direction but the Catchum Child-Catching Services is on her tail and wants to "place" her and collect a fee. Her Uncle Victor is also on her trail. It's a good thing Emily meets Jackson, another orphan with a bit more experience...
This story is busy, full of odd characters and full of danger for Emily. She finds riding a stagecoach is not a lot of fun. Pretending to be a boy is even stranger.
I could easily read this more than once, so why not get a copy for your young reader. I'm sure they'll enjoy the rip-snorting adventure.