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Bright Island

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by Mabel L. Robinson, Lynd Ward
     
 

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Mabel Robinson's delightful coming-of-age story won a Newbery Honor in 1938 and garnered extraordinary praise from critics and readers alike. Born and raised on Bright Island off the Maine coast, Thankful Curtis is more like her sea captain grandfather than any of her older brothers are. Nothing suits her better than sailing and helping her father with the farm.

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Mabel Robinson's delightful coming-of-age story won a Newbery Honor in 1938 and garnered extraordinary praise from critics and readers alike. Born and raised on Bright Island off the Maine coast, Thankful Curtis is more like her sea captain grandfather than any of her older brothers are. Nothing suits her better than sailing and helping her father with the farm. But when her dreaded sisters-in-law suggest that Thankful get some proper schooling on the mainland, the wind is knocked from her sails.Thankful finds the uncharted waters of school difficult to navigate: there's a rocky reception from her rich roommate, Selina; the breezy behavior of the charming Robert; and stormy Mr. Fletcher, the handsome Latin teacher whose caustic tongue masks a tender heart. And while Thankful works hard to make the best of her new life, Bright Island continues to flash in her thoughts, like the sparkle of the sun on the water.The New York Times raved, "One would be hard put to it to find a better contemporary novel than this," and now this evocative tale can be welcomed by a new generation of readers.

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VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
Thankful Curtis has grown up on Bright Island, off the coast of Maine. The youngest in her family, Thankful loves her life and has no desire to go beyond Bright Island; however, her sisters-in-law have conspired against her, insisting Thankful head off to school on the mainland. Thankful's grandfather has left enough money to pay for her tuition, so off she goes. Learning at this school is a bit more convoluted than it ever was under the watchful eye of her mother. In addition to Latin and algebra, Thankful must also learn how to adapt to her new surroundings and how to tell the difference between true friends and those who only wish to mock or use her. Published seventy five years ago and the winner of a Newbery Honor Medal, Thankful's story will continue to resonate with contemporary readers. In this novel, readers will see the early tracings of the school story as it factors into books such as Harry Potter. Here are the "mean girls" of today's realistic fiction as well. Another constant is Thankful's love of the land she knows and the waters she sails. These classic elements are echoed in many books from The Secret Garden to Ellen Potter's re-envisioning of it in The Humming Room. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375971372
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,041,279
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

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Meet the Author

In 1951, MABEL L. ROBINSON wrote: "I went to normal school, taught a while, went to Radcliffe College, and finally took my master's and doctor's degrees at Columbia University, where I now teach creative writing. . . . The four summer months are for Maine, where I have leisure to write, to sail, and to do as I please. It sounds very pleasant. And it is!"MABEL L. ROBINSON won two Newbery Honors: for Bright Island in 1938, and for Runner of the Mountain Tops in 1940. She died in 1962.

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