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Grade 5–7—Polly is a hopeless romantic whose favorite books are Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables. This summer she has decided to adopt her version of the speech patterns of Austen and Montgomery as she strives to find the perfect—in her estimation—romantic partner for her older sister, her best friend's father, and several others, whether they are interested in meeting someone or not. Her attempts at matchmaking have disastrous results for the participants while providing a few chuckles for readers. The book is much too long for the plot and the faux speech gets very old very quickly. The characters, even 12-year-old Polly, are one-dimensional. It would be difficult to find an audience for this book as Austen/Montgomery fans would find it silly and those readers looking for a light comic romance would not wade through it for the little humor and romance it contains.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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Growing up in a cozy seaside community above her family’s bakery, 12-year-old Polly has always been a romantic. After she reads Pride and Prejudice, though, her yen for successful love stories spills over into daily life, and she determines to spend her summer matchmaking among the locals. Of course, everything goes horribly awry, and Polly is forced to confront the impact of her meddling: “This isn’t your dumb Green Gables or England or whatever. This is real life!” says her furious best friend. To better emulate her favorite book’s “enchanting heroine,” Polly narrates in a mannered, archaic voice (“I vow to call you on the morrow!”) that may try some readers’ patience but provides comedic moments in her mixed metaphors and the curt responses she receives: “Put a cork in it,” growls her sister. The plot is as light as pastry filling, but young romantics may recognize themselves in Polly and in her puzzlement over the way love and attraction happen in the twenty-first century, beyond the pages of books. Grades 4-7. --Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606840258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840252
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,834,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lindsay Eland is married to a man with a smile so wide it makes his eyes water and take on the shape of half moons. Together they have four kids who make every day an adventure in love, in laughter, in mystery, and in wonder.

Other little facts? Lindsay has a great big dog named Cowboy, and two rats...yes rats. She's pretty good at imitating people. She will never kill an insect unless it is in her shower. Rainy days are her favorite. Lindsay gets easily sick in the car, on airplanes, and swinging on swings. She has her nose pierced. Making people laugh is the best feeling in the world to her. She love, love, loves to sing and still does ballet, even though it's in her living room. Lindsay has an affinity for chicken fajitas and homemade chocolate chip cookies...though not at the same time. She adores anything chocolate (hold the nuts please), and she's only had long hair once in all her 30 years of life (she was able to keep herself away from scissors for about eight months).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Talalay on January 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kiwi Magazine Review:
I remember as a young girl that I adopted the prairie vernacular of Laura Ingalls; my family tolerated it, my friends teased me and my teachers were appalled. The protagonist in this tween book speaks like her favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables, although she lapses into normal teen speak when she is with her friends sometimes. Inspired by these books, Polly sets out to be the town matchmaker with very mixed results including one arrest, one tumble off of a pier (complete with jellyfish stings) and an angry suitor. This book is a fun remix of the two classics but we'd nudge the age recommendation to 11-15.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Chavez on January 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a 14 year old bookworm who got this book from my aunt's bookstore. I was a little nervous that this book would be too young for me, but I ended up really liking it. It was one of those books that made you slap your forehead in frusteration at the main character's actions, and feel those pangs of "oh no" because you felt so much like you were right next to Polly all the way. I read this book during any spare time I could find, and was really sad when it was over because I wanted to keep reading!!! I really hope that Lindsey Eland comes out with another book!

AWESOME BOOK FOR 10-14 YEAR OLDS :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Hanley on March 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Polly has such good intentions, oh my! With her head filled with romantic dreams of matchmaking, and her bicycle-basket filled with pastries from her parents' bakery, she embarks on a summer delivering parcels. Sometimes the parcels have been ordered--and sometimes they haven't! Polly delights in taking on the role of go-between for couples she wants to match up, pretending each has ordered treats for the other. The havoc that ensues is simply delicious, for Polly is so busy listening to her own ideas about what love *should* be that she fails, again and again, to listen to what people are telling her in plain English. In the end, she learns that she's been leaving out an important ingredient in her recipe for love, namely reality. Humbled, but still believing in true love, she delivers a fresh perspective. This book is a delicacy, delightful to ingest.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Khy on December 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was expecting this book to be good, but I wasn't expecting to fall in love with it after only the first chapter. Though I was sometimes annoyed with Polly, the main character, I still found the book so absolutely wonderful. In fact, it may be one of my favorites of the year, but I'm sure not everyone will love it as much as I do.

My absolute favorite thing about this book was the writing. Polly speaks and narrates in an "old timey" voice, like the characters in her favorite book Pride and Prejudice. (Example of this: the first line of the description.) I thought it was simultaneously hilarious and adorable. I know it may bother some people, but the voice fit Polly completely. It's mature, and yet a bit over the top, just like Polly is. I know many will not agree with me on the language bit and may find it distracting, but I'm weird and find it amusing.

I also adored Polly. In a weird way, she reminds me of Georgia Nicolson (from the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series)- she's hilarious, ridiculous, has her own way of speaking, and is totally unique, just like Georgia, but not as extreme. Though I wish she would have not been so stubborn and oblivious, I loved how she was determined to do what she thought was right. Her antics were highly amusing; they kept me smiling and wondering about what trouble she would get in next. Whether she was ruining someone's love life or just visiting some of her neighbors, I was completely interested and never tired of the admittedly repetitive events.

Though I wish some of the more minor characters and plotlines were explored more- Polly's potential romance, for example-, I am completely enamored with Scones and Sensibility. I think it's absolutely adorable, and I totally wish I was as cool as Polly when I was 12. Highly recommended, but perhaps best for the fans of Jane Austen and Anne of Green Gables.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
To be perfectly honest, I picked up this book because I loved the cover...that and I like Jane Austen. It was a cute, fun, silly, and quick read. I enjoyed it.

12 year old Polly Madessa has just finished reading "Pride and Prejudice" and has decided that she has a new goal for the summer...to make people fall in love. In between delivering pastries for her parents' bakery she works to push people together and pull people apart (when she doesn't think they are well suited). In general she makes one heck of a mess out of people's lives with her good intentions. In the end she learns that maybe love in real life is different from a book.

The story is delivered from the viewpoint of Polly. Polly delivers the whole story in "Pride and Prejudice" like flowery language. Polly also speaks to everyone one in this descriptive, beautiful, and yet out-dated way. Her parents take it in stride, as does her best friend, and it drives her older sister crazy. I thought the way the book was written was okay. At points Polly's language is beautiful and her descriptions of walks on the beach really made me yearn for summer; at other points Polly is just plain silly.

Polly's silliness is part of the charm of the book. I can see where some people might find her annoying, yet, if you approach the story with a sense of whimsy and humor...Polly is just a silly and cute twelve year old girl that is trying to match people's lives to the romantic fantasy she has pictured in her head.

Neither the writing style nor the content of this book is ground-breaking or amazing; at times the writing style is a bit immature (remember it is supposed to be a 12 year old writing it). Yet, the book has a certain charm to it and makes for a fun quick, light read.
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