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Well, faithful readers, we have reason to rejoice (I think so anyway) because this is yet another return visitor whom we have helped before. But now, it's different.
We live in Australia and are heading to America for three months at
the end of this year. We will be based in Boston, but will also be
exploring other parts of the country, and spending Thanksgiving with
distant relatives in Arizona. Obviously in Australia (as everywhere) we
get a fair bit of exposure to American culture, but I would be really
interested in some ideas for the 8 – 10 year age group that deal
interestingly with American history and culture, perhaps especially
history relevant to Boston and New England. We have read the Little
House series, and Caddie Woodlawn and quite a number of other regular
recommendations on your website (Understood Betsy, Betsy-Tacy, lots of
Judy Blume, the Penderwicks, Ramona et al). Your help is greatly
OK, I absolutely know people will ahve excellent ideas on this one. But for me? There's only one real choice. It came to me in a blinding flash.
Is it too dorky for me to pick this? Probably yes. And yet! It's set in Concord, and it's about the Transcendentalists in New England, and the Alcotts, and Walden, and Thoreau…I just had no choice, can't you see that? For heaven's sake, it's my namesake, I couldn't just forsake it. (But maybe Little Women, too? Just because why not?)
Anyway, I believe (I hope?) that you guys have all sorts of other American,
New England, Boston books for the 8- to 10-year-old crowd.
(Also, this cover in no way resembles any of the many I have owned, but it is so awesome and majestic and creepy that I had to put it here. Thanks, GoodReads!)
Any ideas? Put them in the comments, if you will.