"Keeping secret her cousin Bonnie's plans to travel to China, sixteen-year-old Clare Harris contemplates her own future in this sequel to THE ORNAMENT TREE. Clare becomes more interested in helping the underprivileged in 1920s Seattle and more involved in the small dramas taking place at her family's lively boarding house. For those who enjoyed the first book, this installment will more than satisfy." Horn Book
The Tree of Bellsby Jean Thesman
In this delightful sequel to The Ornament Tree, Bonnie leaves for college, but before she leaves she urges Clare to keep her dangerous secret from the loving, unconventional family who lives in the big, old Seattle boarding house. But Bonnie's secret is not all that concerns Clare. While letters bring word of her cousin's determined pursuit of a medical career,
In this delightful sequel to The Ornament Tree, Bonnie leaves for college, but before she leaves she urges Clare to keep her dangerous secret from the loving, unconventional family who lives in the big, old Seattle boarding house. But Bonnie's secret is not all that concerns Clare. While letters bring word of her cousin's determined pursuit of a medical career, Clare wonders about her own future. She does not have Bonnie's fierce ambition, and she is unsure of what she wants for herself. She is in love with a man she believes loves someone else, and it often seems that everyone takes her for granted. But when Clare finds an abused child and his dog, their perilous world shows her where she is needed, and a mysterious young man shows her where she is wanted.
Meet the Author
Jean Thesman is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. She makes her home with her husband in Bothell, Washington.
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I have always enjoyed books set in a different time period. I love reading about how things were before I was born. The language that was used is fascinating to me. This book is interesting and is set in the year 1922. We read about a young girl named Clare, who lives in a boarding house, with her mother and grandmother who own it. Clare is trying to figure out what she wants in life. In her heart she knows she secretly loves one of the tenants of the boarding house. She has no desire to go to college, even though she knows it is what her mother and grandmother expect. This book is not just a love story, we also learn about how child labor laws were ignored in some states. For me personally that is a major reason that kept me reading. The characters were trying to keep their boarding house going and also help children. The story exposes the truths about how some children during that time period were treated. Children who are beaten by a parent or a boss, because they are not working as hard as they think they should. Children forced to work with little food to eat and barely clothe. While I did enjoy this book the ending was terrible. I mean you are reading along and then just blank. Dang, I felt like picking up my dog Gracie and clicking my heals and saying,”give us an ending MS. Thesman.”
I LOVED the 'Ornament Tree' and this book was wonderful as well!
This book isnt all that great. I got mixed up with the charecters and stuff...i dont know i just didnt get into it!