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Children's LiteratureAnna Conway is submerged in a world of calculus and trigonometry in the 1950s, at a time when home economics was the acceptable class for young women in rural high schools. Though this novel begins by dousing the reader with daunting math terminology that may turn uninterested readers away, it quickly evolves into a story of young love blossoming into forbidden love, and the struggle between what is acceptable versus the real life choices that Anna knows in her heart she must make. This is an endearing story dealing with Anna's relationship with her stern father and the modernly different bond she explores with Mike, her loyal boyfriend. Sharelle Byars Moranville's story of a young women seeking higher education in the postwar era explores the possibility of dreams and most importantly, determination to do what one loves rather than what is "expected." Young female readers will thoroughly enjoy this timeless story of self-awareness. 2006, Henry Holt, Ages 13 up.