Saturday, October 13, 2007

Review: The Lark in the Morn

The Lark in the Morn by Elfrida Vipont, 1948, Bethlehem Books, 196 pages, Softcover.

Full of imagination and an adventurous spirit, 12-year-old Kit likes nothing more than to roam the fields playing pretending games with her best friends, Pony and Helen.

But life never stays the same. After an illness, Kit goes to live with her elderly Aunts and often visits her nearby cousins. In her cousins’ home, she is introduced to a totally new world of lively interests, music, and enduring friendships.

When she returns home, her life turns upside down. Cook, who had always been a dear friend, leaves for America to live with her brother, father seems more isolated and emotionally distant than ever, and Laura, her ever-busy cousin, who acts as her substitute mother, wants her troublesome charge out of the way.

Off to boarding school Kit is sent. Here Kit struggles to find the meaning of her life. Her brothers all seem so sure of what they want to do and who they are. Kit, on the other hand, wants to sing like her happy cousins. But Laura calls her singing “awful noise.” Will Kit rise up like the lark in the morning to find her voice, her true self, and the happiness she longs for?

The Lark in the Morn offers a peek into the life of a Quaker girl growing up in England during the mid-twentieth century. Her kindness to others in the face of petty nastiness at the boarding school is a wonderful example of Christian charity.

Suggested reading level ages 11-up.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Yank (10/13/2007).

Available from your favorite Catholic Bookseller.

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