Eight Cousins [NOOK Book]

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Rose Campbell, tired and ill, has come to live at "The Aunt Hill" after the death of her beloved father. Six aunts fussing and fretting over her are bad enough, but what is a quiet 13-year-old girl to do with seven boisterous boy cousins?

Orphaned Rose Campbell finds it difficult to fit in when she goes to live with her six aunts and seven mischievous boy cousins.

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Eight Cousins

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Overview

Rose Campbell, tired and ill, has come to live at "The Aunt Hill" after the death of her beloved father. Six aunts fussing and fretting over her are bad enough, but what is a quiet 13-year-old girl to do with seven boisterous boy cousins?

Orphaned Rose Campbell finds it difficult to fit in when she goes to live with her six aunts and seven mischievous boy cousins.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Thirteen-year-old Rose Campbell, a delicate, sensitive orphan, has been cared for by her well-meaning but rather fussy aunts during the year since her father's death. When her lively, forward-thinking Uncle Alex (who is her legal guardian), returns from his world travels, Rose's pallor and listless, "ladylike" ways shock him. He proposes that he take charge of her education, health and life style for a year to try and make her life more wholesome and happy. The novel shows us the adventures, mishaps, and fun that result from Rose and her aunts' adjustments to Uncle Alex's newfangled ideas about how to raise a girl. Many amusing and touching incidents revolving around Rose's relationships with her seven boisterous but affectionate male cousins, also give the author a chance to express what were then radical beliefs about the roles and rights of women.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605017150
  • Publisher: MobileReference
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Mobi Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 110,934
  • File size: 251 KB

Meet the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was best known as the author of Little Women.
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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    pleasant, delightful story

    Thirteen-year-old Rose Campbell is a lonely and sickly orphaned girl. Her mother, also named Rose, died when she was young, and her father, George Campbell, has recently died from a long illness during which time Rose nursed him. Left alone, she goes to live with her maiden great-aunts, Plenty and Peace Campbell, in Boston, MA, with other aunts, the wives of her father's brothers, and their families living nearby. Of most interest, however, are her seven male cousins-Archie (16), Charlie (16), Mac (15), Steve (14), Will (12), Geordie (11), and little Jamie (6). Aunt Jane, mother of Mac and Steve, is a stern and humorless yet reliable disciplinarian whose husband Mac Campbell runs the family business trading in goods from the Far East. Aunt Clara, wife of Stephen Campbell who is in India and mother of Charlie, is a social butterfly who is completely absorbed in Boston's high society. Aunt Jessie, mother of Archie, Will, Geordie, and Jamie, and wife of sea captain James (Jem) Campbell, is steady, wise, and loving. Widowed Aunt Myra is a gloomy, self-absorbed hypochondriac and the mother of Caroline, the only other girl in the family, who unfortunately died young.
    As the book opens, Rose is mourning the death of her father and awaiting with apprehension the arrival of her unknown guardian, her father's bachelor brother Alec Campbell, a sea-faring physician who is returning from abroad to take over her care. Through his unorthodox but advanced theories about child-rearing, she becomes happier and healthier while finding her place in her family. She also makes friends with Phebe Moore, her aunts' young housemaid, whose cheerful attitude in the face of poverty helps Rose to understand and value her own good fortune. Each chapter describes an adventure in Rose's life over the next year as she learns to help herself and others make good choices.
    There is a sequel to Eight Cousins entitled Rose in Bloom (1876), which continues the story into Rose's young adulthood, depicting courtship and marriage, poverty and charity, transcendental poetry and prose, illness and death among her family and friends. Just as soon as I began reading this book, I had a good feeling that it was going to be a pleasant, delightful story, and I was not disappointed at all. Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is not remembered as one of America's best authors, let alone one of America's best women authors, for no reason. The only other book that I had read by her was Little Men, and that was a long time ago. Early in life she wrote passionate, fiery novels and sensational stories to make money, but she became most famous for producing wholesome books for children, and after their positive reception, she did not generally return to creating works for adults. She is best known for the novel Little Women (originally published in two parts, 1868 and 1869), loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters, and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). There are some books that I have had to force myself to read, but not Eight Cousins; I always looked forward to those times when I would sit down to read it so that I could find out what would happen next in this wonderful story.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    This is my favorite book!

    This book, about a child named Rose Campbell, is my all-time favorite. While some of the stories might seem childish and abrupt at first, the more that you read them, the more they grow on you. I was eleven when I first read this; I heartily recommend that a child read this as young as nine. While they may not understand the book, they will still think of it as humorous. Have them write down what they think the book is about and then make them re-read it at age twelve. There will be a HUGE difference! READ IT! In my opinion this book is much better than Little Women. SO READ IT!!!!!

    Happy reading!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Really good

    Really good book!!!! There is two in this series rose in bloom is the next and last. Everyone seven to fourteen read this

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Pleasant reading

    I traveled back to my younger days when I read Little Women and fell in love with Jo and her family. This book was an easy and enjoyable read. I smiled throughout the story. I just purchased Rose in Bloom and can't wait to travel back when time was simpler

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Th book

    Its just as good as little men and is very very very AWESOME!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    This is my faverite book by hrr

    Lovely enjoyable and ever other good ajictive put thete

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Can't wait to read this!!!

    I read the sample and it was so great! i can't wait to buy this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Cant w8 2 buy it

    Awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Chicka5

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!

    This book is sooo awesome. I love Louisa May Alcotte. It is a nise story about a little girl who goes to live with her Uncles, Cousins, and Aunts on a hill and it tells how she affect the family...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    BETH

    Ya im so sorry i have been at the spring fair and have been SUPER tired at nights!! Plus ive been getting home super late!!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Rose is so loveable!

    I fell in love with darling little rose from the begining!!
    She is very relatable and love this little story!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Favorite

    The typos can be distracting but this is my favorite book of all time. I have several copies and know the story so well that i can ignore many of the defivits of this electronic version. I loved this story as a child and still enjoy reading it today. Dont forget to read the sequel next!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Loved it!!!

    I loved this book SO much! It was absolutely divine!! I love Louissa May Alcott! She writes SO lovely! I highly recomend this book! You won't be disapointed!! Once again, this was a great book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Sooo good

    Very few typos an easy read for children

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2011

    great

    this was such a good book highly recomended

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

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    A Pleasant Little Story

    I read Eight Cousins after reading its sequel Rose in Bloom, not quite knowing what to expect. Although I did not find it quite as engaging as the sequel, I still ejoyed its sweet simplicity. I think it an excellent book for a rainy day, or quiet evening.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    If you are among the very young at heart......

    Congratulations, you have found a wonderful girly book. I get lost in the wonderful world of Eight Cousins every time I pick it up. It has such an amazing innocence that takes you to another place and time. In spite of the fact that this book begins rather sad, you will find plenty of humor in the life of one girl trapped with her seven boy cousins on "Aunt Hill". These rambunctious boys, though overwhelming to her at first, show Rose the true joy that can be found in life if you just go with it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2000

    A timeless story

    Eight Cousins is one of the best books i have ever read. It is a book I can relate to. The story is good for both teenage girls and teenage boys.The story is good because it is about a prim heiress who is orphaned and goes to live with her father's family . The problem is that she must adjust to her 7 boy cousins .

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    To this day, one of my favorite classic novels.

    To this day, one of my favorite classic novels.

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