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Gr 7 Up–It's May of 1904, and 16-year-old Maggie Bennet should be planning her debut into Newport society. Unfortunately, her father has other plans. He takes her to Yellowstone National Park, following a lead on Maggie's mother, who disappeared the year before and is presumed dead. Upon their arrival, Papa reveals that they are broke and he has taken a job as architect at the park. As Maggie tries to start a new life and piece together the mystery of her mother's connection to Yellowstone, she is torn between her conflicting desires. She longs to take her proper place in society, something offered by George Graybull, the rich and powerful but arrogant and shallow older man who is courting her. At the same time, she wants freedom and true love, represented by Tom, the kind but poor son of a geologist. The story follows Maggie's struggle to overcome her own prejudices and society's limitations. The wilderness of Yellowstone, which is lovingly and beautifully depicted, reflects her inner turmoil and yearning for freedom, deemed madness in her bohemian mother. Though the style doesn't always ring true to the period and the plot and characterization sometimes lack subtlety, the gradual revelation of the truth about Maggie's mother, the developing relationship between Maggie and Tom, and the thrilling episodes sprinkled throughout will engage readers.Erin Carrillo, formerly at Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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Maggie wants to fit into Newport society, which would be an easier task if her mother were more conventional. It is the early 1900s, and young ladies of her class are mainly concerned with debutante life and finding wealthy husbands. Then Mama suddenly disappears, and Papa uproots Maggie—moving west for a new life and some clues about his wife's past. Yellowstone holds some of those clues, and what the resistant Maggie finds in Wyoming is nothing like the caste society and rules she knew before. Romance and actual cliff-hangers ensue as family secrets unfold and new adventures and interesting people catch her fancy. She struggles to reconcile with Papa and his burdens, but mainly Maggie wants to make choices about her future and move away from narrow societal constraints of women's roles. Fox combines mystery, romance, and a young girl's coming-of-age in this satisfying historical tale. Grades 7-10. --Anne O'Malley

Product Details

  • File Size: 708 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Speak (May 13, 2010)
  • Publication Date: May 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XT36EU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Janet S. Fox (Janet Fox) is a writer, mom, and former high school English teacher. Her first young adult novel FAITHFUL (Speak/Penguin, 2010), was a 2011 Amelia Bloomer list pick, and is set in Yellowstone National Park in 1904. FORGIVEN, a companion YA novel (Speak/Penguin, 2011) set in 1906 San Francisco at the time of the Great Earthquake, was a Junior Library Guild selection and WILLA Literary Award finalist. Janet's third YA, SIRENS (Speak, 1012), is a "noir romance" set in 1925 New York. GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT is her award-winning middle grade self-help book for kids (Free Spirit Publishing, 2006), and her debut middle grade novel, THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE, is a spooky historical fantasy set in Scotland (Viking, 2016). Janet is a 2010 graduate of the MFA/Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Janet currently lives in the mountains of Montana. The family loves dogs and is ruled by a rambunctious yellow lab puppy.

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Billed as a romance, there's a lot more going on in FAITHFUL. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Bennet's largest preoccupation is not Tom Rowland, nor her fiance George Greybull. Instead, she is trying to decide the course of her life after her mother's death and her move to Yellowstone. While Yellowstone still has class divisions, it is much less stratified than Newport, where Maggie was raised. She's beginning to realize that she may have more options than she thought.

Historical fiction is not my favorite, but I wanted to read Janet Fox's YA debut since she's frequented my blog. (Two years later and I'm still excited that people actually read this thing.) I do like how Fox uses the setting of 1904 Montana. She does bring in historical society as well as sensory details.

Maggie makes important connections to other women. Her mother never fit into society, and Maggie was partially isolated by the gossip. But now she's working with Mrs. Gale, a widowed photographer, and trying to be friends with Kula, a servant. She's discovering hidden parts of herself that she likes and others that she's less thrilled by.

I enjoyed Maggie's voice. FAITHFUL starts slowly, as Maggie accepts other's words at face value and allows her father to control her life. But it works, as things begin to move faster once Maggie discovers the pleasure in asserting herself. She's a strong female character even if she couldn't win a fistfight.

History and animal lovers will probably enjoy FAITHFUL. Those sold on the romance between Maggie and Tom might be somewhat disappointed by the percentage of the book devoted to the relationship, but should still be satisfied because it is sweet.

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The plot of Faithful has been done a million times: snobbish rich girl goes west unwillingly, hates it at first, then falls in love with rugged, invidualist outdoorsman and also discovers herself to be a strong, capable person who doesn't really need to conform to societal norms. There's nothing really surprising about the plot of Faithful - you know from the beginning how it'll end up. That doesn't mean it's a bad book, though. The journey that Maggie Bennet takes to get to the place where we all know she'll find is full of interesting twists and turns.

Maggie is a society girl in Newport, Rhode Island, just on the verge of making her debut. She's neither snobbish nor caring. Rather, she's a product of her society. Thoughtless may be a good way to describe it. Society expects her to debut, go to parties, and marry well and that's all she cares about. Anything that gets in the way of that, including her mother's strange behavior and eventual disappearance, are disdainful. Lest you think, she really is a complete snob, she misses her mother desperately and blames herself for her disappearance and presumed death - although she does resent her mother. So when her father demands that they go out west and hints that they'll find her mother there, she is furious about missing her society summer but isn't completely against going. She just wants to find her mother and get back to Newport.

Of course, once they get out to Montana, they're not going back to Newport any time soon. Maggie is furious, quite understandably. That's when things really get interesting. She meets Tom, a surveyer's son, who both frustrates and attracts her. There's Mrs. Gale, a well-bred, independent photographer who Maggie greatly admires. There's Kula, the haughty maid.
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This was a lovely story.
Maggie is a 16 year old debutant living a life of privilege in Newport Rhode Island in 1904. Her life turns upside down when her Mother, already considered "bohemian" and posibility insane dissappears. Her father drags her away from her life of privelege to Yellowstone.

How Maggie learns of the mystery behind her Mother's sadness, and begins to think for herself is the basis of this story. Maggie was a charming character, able to rise beyond her what she has been taught for 16 years and to view life with a new perspective. Some of the other characters are hard to sympathize with (Maggie's Mom, Kula, etc). There is a pleasant romantic interest as well (Clean and appropriate for Middle School and above).

Overall a charming YA historical fiction.
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This young adult book is above all a mystery and an adventure story. Yes, it's "historical fiction," in that it's set a century ago. But the main character, Maggie, who tells the story, will seem immediately real to readers of any age, and it's Maggie who will draw them into the story.

Maggie's mother was the daughter of a very wealthy Newport, Rhode Island, couple. She married a man her parents disapproved of, but her father gave him a job and, when Maggie came along, the grandparents did their best to see that the girl was brought up to fit in with Newport society. Maggie's mother did not fit in - she was (in the phrase of that time) a "New Woman" who wanted to be an artist and wanted above all to be independent, something more than a fashionable accessory for her husband. And, a year before the book opens, she disappeared. Sixteen-year-old Maggie refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and so when her father hints that he has news about her, Maggie is torn. Part of her wants to go with her father on a trip to the West, where she thinks she may find her mother, although she doesn't really understand why her mother would be there. Another part of her, though, is eager to make her debut into society, to secure her place in the fashionable world - which is, after all, the only world she knows - and to follow up on a romance she has begun with a young man she finds rather attractive. She compromises. She'll go west, to the newly established Yellowstone Park, with her father, but she'll insist that they return in time for her debutante ball.

Here's where the book gets exciting, as Maggie slowly learns secrets about her family that she's never suspected, and at the same time learns - often reluctantly - some things she's never guessed about herself. In the process, she discovers a world that she never knew existed and gains perspective on the one she's been forced to leave behind.
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