professornana (professornana) wrote,

revisting a classic

Seventy-five years ago, BRIGHT ISLAND (Random House 2012) was a Newbery Honor Medal winner. How does it hold up after all these years? Quite well, thank you. Thankful Curtis has grown up on Bright Island, sailing, helping out around the house and farm, and generally enjoying her freedom. Her other has schooled her at the kitchen table. Thankful wants nothing more than to remain on the island. However, her sisters-in-law have other plans. Thankful is to go off to school a private boarding school no less. This fish-out-of-water tale will still resonate with today's readers. Here are mean girls, boys who break your heart, a love of nature, a yearning to be free: many of the pieces of more contemporary novels and culture. Without our assistance, new readers might easily miss this "old" book that will speak to them. <274>
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