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Emily of Deep Valley: A Deep Valley Book Paperback – October 12, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Emily Webster, an orphan living with her grandfather, is not like the other girls her age in Deep Valley, Minnesota. After graduation, she longs to join the Crowd and go off to college—but she can't leave her grandfather alone at home. Resigning herself to a "lost winter," Emily nonetheless throws herself into a new program of study and a growing interest in the local Syrian community, and when she meets a handsome new teacher at the high school, Emily gains more than she ever dreamed possible.
Maud Hart Lovelace's only young adult stand-alone novel, Emily of Deep Valley is considered by fans of her beloved Betsy-Tacy series to be one of the author's finest works.
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I do have to say I would have liked to have seen a little more character development, especially on the supporting cast. We get a vague idea about what's going on with some of those closest to Emily, but never enough (in my opinion) to really connect with most of them. I ended up actively disliking some of them, and that's not generally the case for a Lovelace character. Perhaps that's to be expected when you have just one book vs. a series to develop everyone.
All in all it's a lovely book and a nice addition to your Lovelace collection.
It gives Maud Hart Lovelace the chance to stretch out her imagination, which had plenty of room in the fact-ish Betsy books. But she shines here, with some extra freedom.
The reissue is lovely, with the Vera Neville cover illustration, enough extras to make the most ardent fan happy, and fine clear print.
Go buy the book and give it to your favorite young teen. There's gotta be something for kids who are tired of vampires and dystopias. This is it!
This is in my and many's opinion one of Lovelace's better books, the main character is great.
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