I enjoyed reading this Newberry Honor award - winning book. It is the first book that I have read about settlers of the Pacific Northwest. May Amelia is the only girl in a family of 8. She lives in a remote setting, and is the only girl around for miles! She is constantly being told to "be a lady," and tires of it. She wants to have adventures, like her brothers. She does end up in some wild adventures. One of these adventures happens because she ventures off and finds herself being chased up a tree by a bear. There is no way out....and she gives her family quite a scare. Her mom is expecting a baby, and it is her great hope of having a sister. Her situation at home is tense, but worsens as her grandmother moves in. It becomes intolerable.
This book is historical fiction, based on a journal that was given to the author. It is the diary of her grandaunt, Alice Amelia Holm.
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