“I meant this to be just a short little thank-you note—-but when I get started I seem to have a ready pen.”
One of the great novels of American girlhood, Jean Webster’s Daddy-Long-Legs (1912) chronicles the adventures of Judy Abbott, a high-spirited orphan beginning a new life as a college student and aspiring writer, through her letters to her anonymous male benefactor. Its sequel, Dear Enemy (1915), also told in letters, follows the progress of Judy’s former orphanage now run by her idealistic, reform-minded friend Sallie McBride.
Elaine Showalter’s Introduction shows how the novels’ irrepressible female characters recall Alcott’s Jo March and anticipate the heroines of contemporary popular literature. Enhanced by the author’s original line drawings, Webster’s novels are witty, heartfelt and delightfully modern.
Jean Webster - Dear Enemy
Jean Webster (1876-1916) was an American novelist, playwright, and social activist. During the start of the twentieth century (1912), Webster wrote "Daddy-Long-Legs", an epistolary, best-selling novel that she developed into a play. It met with much success, and the characters were sold as dolls, the money from which going to charities to help fund orphan adoptions. In 1915, Webster published the sequel, "Dear Enemy". Written in the same epistolary form, "Dear Enemy" met with best-selling acclaim as well. The novel is unique in that the story is propelled by crude, stick-figure animations, drawn by Webster herself, that add a whimsical air to the social issues addressed, the care of orphans and women's life choices in particular. Sadly, Webster died of childbirth fever in 1916, just a year after the success of "Dear Enemy".
Jean Webster - Nyakigláb Apó
___A Hosszúlábú apu című sikeres TV-sorozat regényváltozata. ___Ez a szellemesen megírt könyv egy árvaházban felnőtt lány életét és szerelmét mutatja be. Hogyan ismerkedik az árvaházon kívüli világgal, milyen baklövéseket követ el a valódi életben, és hogyan tud beilleszkedni. Egy ismeretlen jótevő segíti sorsa alakulását, akinek Judy csak árnyképét ismeri - azért hívja "nyakigláb apó"-nak. (Sic!) Neki ír beszámolókat az iskolai életről, társairól, szerelméről. Vajon ki ez az ismeretlen? ___A titokzatos és humorral átszőt (sic!) regény biztosan kedvelt olvasmánya lesz a "könyvfalóknak".
Ann Brashares - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
They were just a soft, ordinary pair of thrift-shop jeans until the four girls took turns trying them on--four girls, that is, who are close friends, about to be parted for the summer, with very different sizes and builds, not to mention backgrounds and personalities. Yet the pants settle on each girl's hips perfectly, making her look sexy and long-legged and feel confident as a teenager can feel. "These are magical Pants!" they realize, and so they make a pact to share them equally, to mail them back and forth over the summer from wherever they are. Beautiful, distant Lena is going to Greece to be with her grandparents; strong, athletic Bridget is off to soccer camp in Baja, California; hot-tempered Carmen plans to have her divorced father all to herself in South Carolina; and Tibby the rebel will be left at home to slave for minimum wage at Wallman's. Over the summer the Pants come to represent the support of the sisterhood, but they also lead each girl into bruising and ultimately healing confrontations with love and courage, dying and forgiveness. Lena finds her identity in Greece and the courage not to reject love; Bridget gets in over her head with an older camp coach; Carmen finds her father ensconced with a new fiancée and family; and Tibby unwillingly takes on a filmmaking apprentice who is dying of leukemia. Each girl's story is distinct and engrossing, told in a brightly contemporary style. Like the Pants, the reader bounces back and forth among the four unfolding adventures, and the melange is spiced with letters and witty quotes. Ann Brashares has here created four captivating characters and seamlessly interwoven their stories for a young adult novel that is fresh and absorbing. (Ages 12 and older)
Valerie Tripp - Felicity's Surprise
Felicity is invited to a dancing lesson at the Governor’s Palace, the most wonderful honor she can imagine. Mother promises to make a beautiful new gown for her. As the splendid event draws near, Mother becomes dreadfully ill. Felicity spends all her days caring for her, sadly accepting that there will be no new gown and no chance to go to the Palace. No chance, that is, until a glorious surprise reminds her that Christmastide is a time when hopes and dreams do come true.
Valerie Tripp - Felicity Saves the Day
Felicity loves summertime on Grand father’s plantation. She can be outside all day—riding horses, playing with Nan and William, and exploring the woods. One day Felicity finds a secret note. It is from Ben, her father’s apprentice, and it asks for her help. Ben has broken his apprenticeship agreement and is running away to join George Washington’s army. Felicity begins a dangerous adventure when she goes to help Ben. She must use all her strength, courage, and wisdom to try to save the day.
Jean Webster - Gólyaláb apó
Az amerikai gyermekirodalom közkedvelt alkotását tartja kezében az olvasó. Jean Webster az írója ennek a levélregénynek. Többi írásához hasonlóan ez a műve is a 19–20. század fordulójának ellentmondásos Amerikájában játszódik. Az írónő regényeinek hősei rendszerint alacsony sorból, kemény munkával és küzdelemmel feltörő fiatal emberek, akiknek egyetlen kincsük van: a tiszta erkölcs és a töretlen optimizmus. Ez a jellembeli szépség teszi ezt a könyvét ma is közkedvelt, élvezetes olvasmánnyá. Hősnője egy fiatal árva lány, Jerusha Abbott, aki egy árvaházban tengeti keserűséggel teli életét. Egy gazdag támogató fájdalmakkal teli írását olvasva felfigyel tehetségére, és az akkori kor szokásaival ellentétben tanulmányi költségeit és megélhetését fedezve főiskolába küldi. Az ismeretlen jótevő nem fedi fel a lány előtt kilétét, álnevet ad meg, és egyetlen kikötése, hogy Jerusha havi rendszerességgel levelet írjon számára, amelyben beszámol tanulmányi előmeneteléről. A könyv ezeknek a leveleknek a füzére, a tanulással eltöltött hónapok és a vakáció színes élményeinek gyöngysora. A történetből nemcsak a kor leányiskoláinak belső életét ismerhetjük meg, hanem sok romantikus kalandot, ami érdekes olvasmánnyá teszi ezt a méltán híres regényt. Természetesen a könyv végére kiderül, hogy ez a „Gólyaláb Apó” nem is olyan ismeretlen.
Valerie Tripp - Felicity Learns A Lesson
Felicity is sent to Miss Manderly’s house to learn to be a polite gentlewoman. She practices stitchery, dancing, penmanship, and the proper way to serve tea. Two sisters from England join the lessons, and one of them, Elizabeth, becomes Felicity’s best friend. Learning to serve tea is great fun, until Felicity’s father decides that the king’s tax on tea is unfair. He refuses to sell tea in his store or to drink it at home. How can Felicity continue the tea lessons she loves and still be loyal to her father?
Janet Shaw - Kirsten's Surprise
Kirsten and her family will be celebrating their first Christmas in America. Kirsten wants to keep some of their old Swedish traditions alive in the new country, so she secretly plans a Saint Lucia celebration. But everything depends on a trip to town with Papa, and he’s too busy to leave the farm. At last they go—and get caught in a terrible blizzard. It’s up to Kirsten to keep herself and Papa safe through the night. When she finally gets home, the candles in the little cabin glow with a special holiday warmth.
Meg Cabot - Princess on the Brink
At last, Mia is a junior. An upperclassperson. Free of her responsibilities as student body president. So why is it that everything is going so terribly wrong? What is she doing in Intro to Creative Writing? When she has made it through Algebra and Geometry, why must she be faced with Precalculus? And for the love of all that is Genovian, why has Lilly nominated her for school prez again? All this is nothing compared to the news Michael springs on her, however. On top of all the mathematical strife, her beloved boyfriend is leaving for Japan for a year. Precalc has nothing on preparing for the worst separation ever! Turns out there is one way she might convince Michael to stay. But will she? Or won't she? No matter what, Mia seems headed for disaster.
Jacqueline Wilson - Little Darlings
The story of two girls who are worlds apart, but destined to be together . . . Sunset lives a life of luxury with her beautiful ex-model mum, her world-famous ex-rocker dad and two little celeb siblings. But life on the red carpet is no compensation for rowing parents, constant nagging, intensive media scrutiny and no real friends. Destiny, on the other hand, is an only child living on a rundown estate with a sickly but devoted mum who constantly tells her that she's really the daughter of a famous former rock star . . . When the two girls meet in unlikely circumstances, they are surprised to find in each other something they've been missing all their lives . . .
Jean Webster - Kedves Ellenségem!
Mi nehezebb? Száztizenhárom árva gondját viselni, egy árvaházat eligazgatni minden szakmai tapasztalat nélkül - avagy puhára főzni, mosolyra fakasztani egy mogorva, goromba, ámde tiszteletre méltó skót orvost? Nos, ennek csak Sallie McBride, e "kétfrontos" küzdelem szenvedő alanya a megmondhatója. Szerencsére kudarcairól, győzelmeiről rendszeresen tájékoztatja legjobb barátnőjét, Judyt, az immár révbe ért egykori árvaházi növendéket. A szellemes, derűs, bizakodó, és csipetnyi öniróniával fűszerezett levélregényt tini olvasók és mamák egyaránt élvezettel forgathatják. Üde olvasmány. Mindenkinek, aki kedveli L. M. Montgomery, Jane Austen írásait. És az ő lányaiknak, anyukáiknak.
Eleanor H. Porter - Miss Billy - Married
In which the gifted author of Pollyanna, the most popular book for the year 1913, scores another success and makes the married life of adorable Billy Neilson--the heroine of the "Miss Billy" books--and Bertram Henshaw a story of unusual tenderness and sweetness. There is a deal of delicious humor and common sense, too, in the story, and happiness in abundance, even in the trying days when the young bride finds herself bereft of a cook and burdened with the care of a Beacon Street household. But whether the weather be fair or threatening, she is 'just Billy,' happy when making someone's burden lighter, happier still with the advent of Bertram, Jr., and happiest of all when her husband is able to use his strong right arm again, even to paint the dreaded 'face of a girl.' As is the case with all of Mrs. Porter's books, the story is 'always life,' gracefully and sympathetically presented, carrying with it a message of happiness.
Meg Cabot - Royal Wedding
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding--but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare. For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui. But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone--especially herself--that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?
Sara Shepard - Seven Minutes in Heaven
My sister wants the truth. But sometimes the truth hurts. For months, my long-lost twin, Emma, has been living my life and trying to solve my murder. She's unearthed dark secrets about my friends, my family, and my tangled past. But when it comes to finding my killer, she keeps running into dead ends. Until my body shows up in Sabino Canyon. Suddenly everyone knows there are two girls who look like Sutton Mercer—and that one of them is dead. At first the police assume the body is Emma's. But as questions and accusations start flying, it's harder than ever for Emma to keep playing me. The truth is bound to come out eventually. And when it does, Emma will be suspect number one in my murder investigation. If she can't find my killer before time runs out, she'll end up behind bars . . . or worse. Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, finally reveals the shocking truth about Sutton's murder in this riveting novel about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.
Valerie Tripp - Happy Birthday, Molly!
An English girl is coming to stay at the McIntires', and just in time for Molly's birthday! Molly and her friends are very excited, until Emily Bennett turns out to be quite different from the glamorous girl they pictured. Emily is shy, and she seems unfriendly. Then Molly discovers that Emily is worried about her family in war-torn London, just as Molly is worried about her father, and the girls become good friends. They even plan to turn Molly's tenth birthday celebration into a real English tea party. But the girls' friendship starts to fall apart when they can't agree about what's important, and it takes a special birthday surprise to help them patch up their hurt feelings.
Valerie Tripp - Happy Birthday, Samantha!
Samantha's tenth birthday party is nearly ruined when Eddie Ryland plays a mean trick. Then Agnes and Agatha, Cornelia's ten-year-old twin sisters, save the day with an invitation to visit New York City. Samantha loves the twins' lively, carefree attitude and can't wait to go - especially since the trip will include a stop at the fanciest ice cream parlor in town. But when the girls carelessly break some rules, they suddenly find themselves racing dangerously through the big city - and the path they take leads to surprising discoveries.