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Heidi Hauser Green (Children's Literature)
Isabel knows that, as a twelve-year-old girl living in London in 1592, she is expected to be good, stay at home, and mind her elders. But she has been feeling constrained for a long time, and the feeling has grown worse since her sister has become engaged. Once Sabine leaves, the household duties will be Isabel's responsibility. She chafes against the bonds of gender and station. All she wants is to see the city. Her heart's desire is to see a play. And so, one day, Isabel and her friend sneak away. Upon their return, they are discovered. Isabel's angry father vows to send the troublesome girl to live with an aunt. The day she must leave the only home she has ever known is a sad day for Isabel, and it only gets worse! Brigands attack the girl and her manservant. They let her live, but she is lost. Isabel meets up with a band of players who disguise her as a boy for safety and agree to take her to the aunt, in due course. Out in the world, travelling town to town, it seems Isabel has no place to call her own. Where does Isabel really belong? And what will happen when she finally gets to her aunt's house? Will she ever see her family again? Annie Dalton does a fine job of conveying Isabel's distress in this first-person account of experience and growth. Thematically, this book is similar to Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife's Apprentice, but the outcome is quite different. Readers will enjoy Isabel's narration of life in Elizabethan England, and they are sure to gain a good sense of history on the way! Like other books in the "Girls of Many Lands" series, this includes a "Then and Now: A Girl's Life" section and an Author's Note about the process of writing the book. 2002, Pleasant, $7.95. Ages 9 to 14.
|Language||Call Number||LCCN||Dewey Decimal||ISBN/ISSN|
|English (eng)||PZ7.D1694 Is 2002