In 1913 a young woman is sent into the Oregon outback to teach nine children at a one-room schoolhouse in a small logging community. It was a year filled with unexpected challenges which she met with pluck, independence and humor.
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The Green Bough is a lovely, true story set in the early 1900's as told to author Phyllis Humphrey by Gladys Humphrey. Gladys Humphrey is a modern, intelligent, headstrong young girl who has consented to become a teacher, for one year, at the worst elementary school in Oregon. When she'd agreed to become a "schoolmarm" she'd waited too long to make a decision on where she was going to teach, and by the time she was ready to decide, all the "good" schools were taken. But Gladys is determined to prove to her parents that she's a capable adult, so she accepts a position at a logging camp in the foothills of the Cascades. Gladys sets out on her grand adventure, leaving her concerned parents behind to travel by passenger train, logging train, then logging wagon to her new school, and the journey is fraught with mishaps and danger. During the next year, Gladys meets challenges and tragedy with humor, patience, determination and bravery. It's a hard road, but she makes it through the experience gaining a new view on the world. This book reminds me very much of Christy by Catherine Marshall, which was one of my favorite books when I was a girl. I enjoyed The Green Bough tremendously. It's a well written, wonderfully descriptive story, and I'm going to give The Green Bough a five-cup review!