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Twelve-year-old Eleanor Hill knows that women in other places do more than hang laundry, tend gardens, and fry fish for dinner. But in Atlantic Grove, her isolated North Carolina village, most girls see nothing more in their futures than marriage to a fisherman and the meager existence that goes with it. Eleanor longs to experience the fast-changing world beyond Atlantic Grove--she'd like to drive an automobile, see a picture show, and most of all, attend high school.

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1999 Hardcover First Edition; First Printing New in New dust jacket 0812627156. Brand new; 12mo 7"-7?" tall; 249 pages.

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Twelve-year-old Eleanor Hill knows that women in other places do more than hang laundry, tend gardens, and fry fish for dinner. But in Atlantic Grove, her isolated North Carolina village, most girls see nothing more in their futures than marriage to a fisherman and the meager existence that goes with it. Eleanor longs to experience the fast-changing world beyond Atlantic Grove--she'd like to drive an automobile, see a picture show, and most of all, attend high school.

At last she has her chance. Without her papa's permission, Eleanor leaves home to live with her aunt and uncle in nearby New Bern. As she discovers the satisfactions of higher education, Eleanor also attracts the attentions of a handsome Italian immigrant boy and a prominent doctor's son. While spending her teenage years in New Bern, Eleanor begins to realize how valuable love and family are in her struggle for self-reliance.

Set against the exhilarating backdrop of 1910s America, this engaging novel vividly portrays one girl's search for identity and independence.

In the early years of the twentieth century, inspired by a free-thinking teacher and determined not to get married and stay trapped in her North Carolina fishing village, teenage Eleanor sets out to seek her chosen path of living as an independent woman.

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Children's Literature - Melissa A. Caudill
The time is the 1910's; the setting is in the outerbank islands of North Carolina. Pepsi Cola and brassieres are new and fashionable. It is a fictional account of the author's grandmother that is based upon letters and family stories. Eleanor Hill is a spirited character who longs to become an independent woman by leaving her family and small fishing village. Her older sisters have married young and now are having babies, but Miss Rosalie, her liberal teacher, influences Eleanor to follow her own path. This path takes her to the nearest town to continue her schooling and to take on work to support herself and her family. She also meets a young man who captivates her interest, but is strongly discouraged to court him because of his family's background. Eleanor is deeply affected by her older brother's illness and takes a memorable train trip across the country to be with him when he dies. She also reunites with the newly married Miss Rosalie and realizes that being with a man does not always mean sacrificing your own life. This is a fast and engrossing historical read that not only entertains, but also teaches about a not too distant time period.
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In a touching portrait of American life prior to World War I, the voice of twelve-year-old Eleanor Hill is refreshing in its candor, emotion, and truly adventurous spirit. Born in the small fishing village of Atlantic Grove, North Carolina, Eleanor yearns for life in the bustling city of New Bern, where she attends high school while living with her Aunt Velma and Uncle Owen. Big brother Frank comes home for a visit and teaches Eleanor to drive an automobile, an unthinkable skill for a young lady in those days. Eleanor's characterization is authentic when she wonders about the mother she never knew, dreams about her future as an independent woman, and ably assists her sisters, her papa, and sadly, Frank, as he succumbs to tuberculosis in San Francisco. A particularly memorable moment occurs early in the story, when Eleanor and her sister Lila are given brassieres to wear for the first time. Love interests present themselves in Ray, the awkward son of the wealthy doctor in New Bern, and in Niccolo, the roguish immigrant youth who boldly makes her acquaintance and wins her heart. These relationships clue the reader in to issues of social status and provide a historical perspective on the matters of the day. Letter writing and the lengthy time between communications move the plot along while keeping the flavor of its setting in 1913. Themes of family loyalty, friendship, and self-sufficiency are artfully woven through this delightful coming-of-age tale, with appropriate sentiment and historical detail for the middle school and junior high audience. Fans of Ann Rinaldi, Carol Matas, Isabelle Holland, and Kathryn Lasky will approve of Eleanor. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most,marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 1999, Front Street, 256p, $15.95. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Nancy Zachary

SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812627152
  • Publisher: Cricket Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 249
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Williams Kline is the author of eight novels for young people, including Eleanor Hill, winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award, Princesses of Atlantis, Write Before Your Eyes, and the 5-book Sisters in All Seasons series. A graduate of Duke University, she has a Masters' from UNC-Chapel Hill in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures and an MFA from Queens University. She lives in North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Atlantic Grove
Sand Crabs and Suffragettes 3
Anywhere but Here 12
Miss Rosalie Cuts Her Hair 25
A Car Crosses the Water 34
Eleanor Disobeys Papa 47
The Things Nobody Talked About 58
Lila's Wedding Day 68
Another Good-Bye 77
Part 2 New Bern
Lila's Baby 91
Eleanor's New Life 103
Ray Hamilton's Party 117
Two Suitors 131
Nothing but a Good Name 143
Lost in the Storm 155
Part 3 California and Beyond
A Visitor from Atlantic Grove 167
Going to California 177
The Land of Milk and Honey 188
Frank 196
Miss Rosalie's New Life 209
Back to New Bern 222
Going Home 232
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2003

    Delightful!

    A book that inspires the reader to reach for betterment for yourself,and society. It left me wishing for more to the story,and rooting for the heroine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    Wonderful Story!

    I don't see why anyone hasn't written a review for this book!!It is a wonderful story about a girl growing up in the early 20th century and finding out when it is necessary to be independent, and when it is necessary to be dependent on someone. Her father and sisters all live next to each other in a small city by the outer banks of North Carolina. Eleanor realizes how small their world is when her older brother, Frank comes to visit from Panama. He show her his new Model T, and tells her what it is like to be rich, and that he will now be travelling to California to make his fortune. Eleanor is in awe of him, and so are all of the other young girls in town. Eleanor decides to run away without her father's permission to stay with her Aunt and Uncle in the big city. While she is there her aunt jabbers about how Eleanor needs to find a proper beau...Eleanor blows that off as nonsense, saying she is studying to become an independent woman...that is until she meets Nick...the handsome Italian her Aunt refuses to let her meet. This story is wonderful (like i said before) and i recommend it to anyone who believes in first kisses, being independent, and in always loving, never forgetting your first family...even if they are a bit old fashioned.

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