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"If you know of any girls who like to read, and to whom you would like to introduce the old-time series books that so many of us enjoy, I would gladly suggest that you consider these modern reprints. And, in fact, you might want to buy a second set for yourself."
"These books lend themselves very well to use as history supplements. . . . Of great value in these books is the section at the beginning entitled 'A Note from Aunt Claire' which provides excellent background information for the stories."
—Sallie Borrink, sallieborrink.com
"With so much of the middle-grade fiction published today full of themes entirely inappropriate for a sensitive six-year-old, books for an accelerated reader can be incredibly hard to find. . . . I'm so thankful for throwback chapter books, like these 1910 novels re-released under the series name Aunt Claire Presents, published by Laboratory Books. These books are big on adventure, but nil on romance—so perfect for my tiny, voracious reader."
—Gina Munsey, oaxacaborn.com
14 B&W illustrations
240 pages • 5½ × 8 in.
Ages 9–12 / Grades 4–6
Aunt Claire Presents
Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School
By Jessie Graham Flower
Introduction by Aunt Claire
This is one of the series books that American girls read for fun a century ago. It's not only a fast-paced tale of friendship and adventure, but also a piece of history that reveals many interesting things—good and bad—about our past.
Aunt Claire has combed through the attic of forgotten stories to rescue some good ones. Her fourth selection is Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School, originally published in 1911.
This book relates the further adventures of the four friends whom you met in Grace Harlowe's Freshman Year at High School: Grace herself, the leader of her class; the quietly brilliant Anne; the funny, lively Nora; and the perceptive Jessica.
In their sophomore year, Grace and company are intent on beating their rivals, the junior class, on the basketball court. But the sophomore team suffers a catastrophic loss when their secret basketball signals fall into the hands of the juniors—and the finger of suspicion points at Anne.
Loyalties are tested, adventures abound, and mean girl Miriam makes a memorable reappearance in this second installment of Grace Harlowe's high school career.
Aunt Claire's illustrated introduction provides just the right amount of historical context for young readers: What was high school like in 1911? What were school sports like? How were they different for girls and for boys? And what can we learn from the mix of social attitudes displayed in the book?
Don't forget to look underneath the jacket to see the original cover from 1911!