Updated: Apr 12
GENE STRATTON PORTER
Age Range: 12 and up
Elnora Comstock is a poor but smart sixteen-year-old girl who wants nothing more than to go to highschool. She lives in the country, and the only high school is in the nearby city, a three-mile walk, so she has to go there and back every day. Elnora has no money for school, books, or new clothes but is determined to go even though she gets harassed by her mother. Elnora receives the money by going into the Limberlost and collecting moths for the Bird Women and earns enough for her whole four years of high school. When college comes into view, Elnora's mother destroys her chance of going by killing a moth that she needs, and Elnora thinks she will never forgive her. Then she meets Phillip, a rich, nice young man who is engaged, and he helps Elnora collect more moths. A Girl of the Limberlost is a beautiful classic that will engage all readers!
WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I loved A Girl of the Limberlost!! I read the prequel to this book, Freckles, and it was so unique and exciting that I had to read the next book to see if it would be just as good, and it was better. I could not put the book down and finished it in one day. There was drama, action, nature, hard work, and romance. The first part of the book was about Elnora as a sixteen-year-old trying to earn money and forgive her mother for being neglectful and mean. Elnora had such a high spirit and helped poor children even when she had nothing to give. The second half of the book, my favorite half, was, in my opinion, more impressive and enjoyable. Then she met Phillip, and I was so happy, and I thought I knew where the book was headed, but that was so much I didn't expect. I recommend this book to everyone and hope you love and enjoy A Girl of the Limberlost as much as I did!
Things to mention: Elnora's dad drowned when she was a baby, and later on in the book, you find out Elnora's dad was not a good person. There is some minor violence.
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