Children's LiteratureFourteen-year-old Ellanor is about to embark on a life altering journey. Ellanor's parents want their daughter to find a titled husband in London. A trustworthy neighbor, Lady Wilthrop, offers to be Ellanor's chaperon. As their caravan advances toward London, Lady Wilthrop prepares her charge for London's social season. When they reach their destination Ellanor unwittingly becomes involved in a scheme to overthrow the British Parliament. This work of fiction, set in the 1640s, starts out excruciatingly slow but eventually accelerates. The reader may benefit from a discussion about how unlikely their parents are to ask them to marry so early in life. Hayner's story offers a revealing glimpse into differences between current and past social etiquette. It is interesting to follow Ellanor's transformation from an ordinary merchant's daughter into an elegant young lady. This title is best suited for the female reader because so much of the text is about fashion, girl talk, and tea time. 2005, BJU Press, Ages 10 up.
Mary Jo Edwards