Hetty

Hetty

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by Martha Sears West
     
 

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Gentle, imaginative Hetty feels at home with her kindly parents but struggles to find her place in a new school. She takes refuge in her secret forest hideaway. When an accident forces her to rely on others, will Hetty find what it takes to grow up and fit in? And is a mysterious stranger watching over her?  See more details below

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Gentle, imaginative Hetty feels at home with her kindly parents but struggles to find her place in a new school. She takes refuge in her secret forest hideaway. When an accident forces her to rely on others, will Hetty find what it takes to grow up and fit in? And is a mysterious stranger watching over her?

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Kirkus Reviews
2015-12-11
Sixth-grader Hetty adjusts to a new school, finds a forest refuge, and learns the reason for a lurking stranger in West's first installment of a Truman-era YA trilogy. Henrietta "Hetty" Annette Lawrence tries to pay attention in math class but daydreams about the word "hypotenuse." Born with a heart defect, now fixed by an operation, Hetty had been home-schooled in recent years by doting parents Dora and Daniel, the latter a lawyer who shares his tales of working in the Forest Service. The family has moved to a new home to be close to Hetty's new school, the all-girls Haxton Country Academy. A bit shy around the others, she often hangs out in "Hannah," a mighty oak in nearby "Olive Witch" forest (the name comes from Hetty mishearing her father say "all of which"). While hurt when not invited to a birthday party, Hetty also makes strides in her new world, including befriending schoolmate Melinda Morganthal, who has a considerate (and handsome) older brother, and gaining some attention by winning a local spelling bee. By novel's end, there is a growing sense that Hetty is being watched. A dramatic act of nature clears up this mystery, significantly changing her life. West (Longer than Forevermore, 2013, etc.) includes an illustrated map and sketches of flowing-haired Hetty. While there is a sense of the time period, including mention of Daniel and Dora's new 1949 Studebaker, physical location is left a bit hazy, perhaps to reflect this delightful heroine's fanciful mind, although there's missed opportunity to more richly fictionalize a real destination as did Anne of Green Gables, this work's obvious influence. Still, West effectively builds suspense for this book's final revelations, including shifting occasionally from Hetty's third-person perspective to plant hints via other characters' viewpoints. Best of all, parents will appreciate the "clean" nature of this novel, which should still please a tweener audience given its tee-up of the romance no doubt to come in the next installment of this series. Sweet teen girl adventures, reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables.

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ISBN-13:
9780988678477
Publisher:
Park Place Press
Publication date:
07/15/2014
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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