DEBBIE OF THE GREEN GATE by Helen Fern Daringer
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Again the author vitalizes the Mayflower story with a portrait of one of the pilgrim families -- the Endicotts. Fifteen-year-old Debbie came with her family to Leyden, Holland, and religious freedom. Through Debbie's adventures there - skating on the canals, outwitting two English spies, making friends with a Spanish-Jevish family, the Forteza, and wandering about the old city - Debbie hears of the plan of the English group to go to the new world. It is kindly Grandmother Forteza who helps resolve her doubts about going to the new world, and inspired by her father's bravery and courage, Debbis leaves for America. This is a fine historical novel with sprightly dialogue of an authentic Elizabethan flavor, a vivacious, real heroine, and with the accurate historical detail so carefully woven into the story that the illusion is well sustained. Excellent background reading.

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1950
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace