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When Marnie Was There (Essential Modern Classics) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 290 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 9 - 11|
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The book chronicles a young girl named Anna's summer while away from her foster parents and the city.
I don't want to give away too much but Anna meets a young girl named Marnie who lives in the seemingly abandoned Marsh house.
Anna has a summer of adventure and discovery that will enthrall readers of all ages.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick summer read.
I think a lot of people can really relate to the character Anna. She feels like everyone else "in the circle" and she's alone on the outside. She figures there is something inherently different about her that makes her unable to make friends, and convinces herself she would rather not have them anyway.
The blossoming friendship between Anna and Marnie is such a perfect representation of the relationship between little girls, and I adored watching Anna become comfortable with herself as a person and start to reach out to other people. If you've liked the Studio Ghibli movie, read this book. If you liked this book, go ahead and check out the Ghibli movie because they stayed true to the essence of the story.
Even knowing Marnie's secrets having watched the film, I still teared up at the end. Joan G. Robinson has crafted a good story, and it's a great read for all ages, not just children.
Our heroine Anna truly does grow up during her summer away at the beach - the part that's fascinating to me is whether the events Anna experienced truly happened, or were just stories she told herself when she was lonely. It's never resolved in the book, but is instead left up to the reader to decide.
Anyway, I recommend reading this book before you get mad that movie stayed true to the original book.
Robinson's plot has the themes of friendship mixed with a little ghostly mystery. Good for Halloween.
A book with a similar theme: The Ghost who belonged to me.