Nellie's Promise (American Girls Collection Series)

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Nellie O'Malley and her little sisters finally have a home. After losing their parents and having been abandoned by their uncle, they are now living in comfort and safety with her friend Samantha's family in New York City. Best of all, Samantha's Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia want to adopt all three of the O'Malley girls. This will make Nellie and Samantha sisters as well as best friends, and it will allow Nellie to keep a promise she made to her dying mother--to protect her little sisters. But when Nellie's ...
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Nellie O'Malley and her little sisters finally have a home. After losing their parents and having been abandoned by their uncle, they are now living in comfort and safety with her friend Samantha's family in New York City. Best of all, Samantha's Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia want to adopt all three of the O'Malley girls. This will make Nellie and Samantha sisters as well as best friends, and it will allow Nellie to keep a promise she made to her dying mother--to protect her little sisters. But when Nellie's no-good uncle, Mike O'Malley, turns up again, he threatens to take Nellie and her sisters back and ruin everything. Nellie is determined not to let that happen, but soon discovers that even her friendship with Samantha has been affected by Uncle Mike's threat. How can all the good things in her new life unravel so fast? Is there a way to keep her promise and save everything she loves the most?
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Nellie's Promise is a heartwarming story of trust and friendship set in New York in 1906. It is a companion to the Samantha books which are part of the "American Girl" series. Like Samantha, Nellie is an orphan. Unlike Samantha, Nellie has the responsibility of taking care of her two younger siblings because of a promise she's made to her late mother. The story begins after Nellie and her sisters have been taken in by Samantha's generous Aunt Cornelia and Uncle Gard. However, all is not well. Nellie's closest relative, Uncle Mike, who inherited and abandoned the girls, discovers Nellie and threatens to take custody of them again. This time Uncle Mike says that he will make them work in a factory. Nellie, not wanting Samantha and her family to worry, keeps things to herself. But this secret proves to be a heavy burden, one that threatens her friendship with Samantha and takes her foster parents by surprise. In the end, Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia find out about Uncle Mike and adopt Nellie and her sisters officially. This book demonstrates the harsh realities of life that many children have faced in the U.S. While the dialog at times feels forced, this book would be a good addition to a social studies or history class learning about children's rights, social class and immigration issues in the early twentieth century. At the close of the book, a nonfiction section provides more information and photos of actual orphans and working class girls. 2004, Pleasant Company Publications, Ages 8 up.
—Michelle Negron Bueno
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Nellie O'Malley lost both of her parents to influenza and she is charged with caring for her younger sisters, Bridget and Jenny. Forced to live with their vile Uncle Mike, who took their money and abandoned them, the girls ended up in an orphanage, where Nellie's friend Samantha found them and took them to live with her at her Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia's house. In this companion to the "Samantha" books (Pleasant Company), the sisters are not only taken care of, but also surrounded by a loving family. When Uncle Mike reappears and threatens to take them away, Nellie fears that she may lose her happy new home. The plot has just the right amount of action and suspense to keep the story moving. Nellie struggles mightily to solve her problems on her own, and is a strongly developed protagonist. Samantha is also a fully realized character, and the girls' interaction is realistic. The ending comes to a fitting conclusion that will leave readers satisfied. An enlightening historical endnote describes "Adoption in 1906" and the plight of orphans. Interspersed throughout the text are charming and vibrant, full-page color paintings as well as tiny scenes of people and places. Another winning entry and a natural progression from the "Samantha" series (Pleasant Company).-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Nellie's Family and Friends
Chapter 1 The Luckiest Girl 1
Chapter 2 The Settlement House 19
Chapter 3 The Letter 37
Chapter 4 Telling the Truth 57
Looking Back 73
A Sneak Peek at Meet Samantha 81
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  • Posted February 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    One Of The Best Books I ever Read!!!!!!!!!! U Have To Read This Book!!

    This book has amazing pictures! It also has a great story and a lot of details! What I really liked was the pictures really help tell the story! I read this book in not even a day! Great job writing this book! I give "Nellie's Promise" a big,fat A + + + !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Meet Nellie

    Nellie is wery poor. her bff is samatha. samies anut is going to adopt nellie and her little sisters! Nellie finds her big and nasty sitter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    Nellies New Life Begins.

    Nellies Promise helps to explain how Nellie and her sisters come to be a part of Gard and Cornelia's family. It is not a cute story although the doll is. Readers have to remember that adults and children did not communicate as openly 100 years ago. Nellie would have thought that it was wrong to express her fears to her benefactors. To an upper class girl like Samantha poverty was something experienced through a Dickens novel if at all. No wonder she did not know how to react when she saw it for real.This story lacks the descriptive details that give charm to the American Girks Series. Did an over zealous editor take them out? This book is written as if it was by some third party 20 years or so after the fact.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2005

    great book

    i enjoyed nellie story. she is just such a cute character. and i liked how it was about adoption back in the old days in the look in the past it was very intresting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2005

    Very Cute

    I recieved Nellie for Christmas, and read the book. It was a very cute story, and if I was young enough I would find it very fascinating. Although I am a person too old to be reading this, I enjoyed its easiness (is that a word?) and the friendship in it. Very good for little girls who want to cuddle with Nellie and read a nice, postive book!

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