1927, Bethlehem Books, 271 pages, softcover
This charming story was a Newbery Honor Book for 1928. Set on the Island of Nantucket, off of Cape Cod in Massachusetts in the 1810s and 1820s, the story follows the Coffyn family in the largely Quaker community of Nantucket, and especially their daughter Dionis "Dencey". Dencey is a young girl from a proper Quaker family with a temper and a heart of gold. She befriends an outcast boy and teaches him to read in order to make up for hurting him in a fit of temper. Their friendship baffles Dencey's parents and the community but bears fruit in unexpected ways. It is a lovely story, filled with truths about faith, family and friendship. It is a little complex, though, and (as recommended by the publisher) is probably best for ages 12 and up.
You can read the first chapter of this book on our website.
Donated by Bethlehem Books
Reviewed by Alicia Van Hecke
Thanks to the generosity of Bethlehem Books, we have two copies of this book to give away! If you'd like to be entered in this drawing, please leave a comment before tomorrow (January 30th) at 10 a.m. (Pacific time) and check back soon afterwards to see if you've won! We'll be starting another drawing - with some wonderful books from Ye Hedge School - tomorrow afternoon.