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4.4 17
Young Adult Fiction 3668
Fascinating Historical Fiction
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Reader reviewed by Mairi

Ever since Miss Wilcox told Mathilda (Mattie) Gokey that she had a gift for writing, Mattie has wanted nothing more than to put it to good use. However, her strict father rarely lets her travel as far away as Glenmore, so where will she ever gather enough experience to really write? Stuck with her father, Mattie tries to learn one word a day and dreams of taking a job in Glenmore.

For years, everyone who knows the sort of thing I like to read has told me to try this book, but I was never able to find a copy. As I was browsing through the school library, though, I saw it on the top shelf and took it down so I could have a look at it before classes. The first thing I noticed was that it had a beautiful cover and, when I opened it up, I found that it was a beautiful book.

My only word of caution about this book would be that the general consensus seems to be that it is not the sort of historical fiction that even those who do not read historical fiction can enjoy.
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