Ann Lawrence of Old New York

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Ann loved the old farmhouse. Since the death of her parents, she had struggled to keep her brothers and sisters together there. Life on the farm was hard and the boys were always threatening to leave. Ann lived in dread of the day which she knew must come when the family would be broken up, and her one consolation was the farmhouse.

But New York was growing fast, spreading farther and farther north. The farms that stood in the way were to be torn down and that meant the Lawrence...

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Ann loved the old farmhouse. Since the death of her parents, she had struggled to keep her brothers and sisters together there. Life on the farm was hard and the boys were always threatening to leave. Ann lived in dread of the day which she knew must come when the family would be broken up, and her one consolation was the farmhouse.

But New York was growing fast, spreading farther and farther north. The farms that stood in the way were to be torn down and that meant the Lawrence house too! The farmers banded together, Ann and her brothers among them, to fight for the right to keep their homes. Ann's friend, Peter Elliott, was one of the city planners and she felt sure he would intercede for them. But Peter believed in progress and expansion. The sacrifice of a few small homes to make way for hundreds more was to him a necessary thing. Ann had to fight alone-a bitter, ugly fight, but nothing was so hopeless to Ann as her estrangement from Peter. When Peter himself was faced with tragedy, Ann knew that she and Peter belonged together.

This is a dramatic, heartwarming story of New York in the days when Daniel Webster and young Washington Irving walked its cobbled streets.

This is a 1947 Junior Literary Guild selection, chosen as an outstanding book for older readers.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781937021016
  • Publisher: Special Edition Books
  • Publication date: 11/3/2011
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gladys Malvern wrote almost four dozen books in her prolific career as a writer of historical and biographical Young Adult fiction. She was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 17, 1897. Her family roots were in Virginia and her ancestors include such historic American names as Lee, Rolfe, Randolph, and Custis.

Gladys, her sister Corinne, and their mother Cora Malvern worked in vaudeville and Broadway, as well as traveling stock theater. Cora Malvern was a wardrobe mistress and Gladys and Corinne were "stage kids," acting in numerous minor stage roles. In 1908, at the age of 11, Gladys Malvern received her first big break, appearing in the Broadway play, "The Man Who Stood Still." By the age of fourteen, she was considered a leading lady in stock theater productions.

The Malverns moved to New York sometime between 1934 and 1936, and Gladys settled down to the serious business of professional writing, sharing an apartment with her sister Corinne, overlooking the Hudson River. Corinne illustrated most of Gladys' books until the artist's death in 1956. Settling in Weston, Connecticut, Gladys continued to produce historic novels at a prolific rate. She passed away at her home in Weston, Connecticut in November of 1962.
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