MARGARET by Jeanette Sebring Lowrey
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MARGARET

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A sensitive, well-written story about adolescence and the traumatic break with the childhood past. Margaret, an orphaned country girl, leaves her gay foster-mother's home at fifteen to live with her scholarly great-uncle and fragile great-aunt in a large Texas town in the early 1900's. Eagerly she attempts to penetrate the clique of (to her) sophisticated young people, and succeeds in part, except for the cold hostility of the beautiful, selfish Laura, who makes her own rules. Soon the trouble with Laura drives her to an exclusive companionship with Jet, a generous high-spirited country girl, outside the magic circle, and she longs for her country home. However, her uncle's gentle goodness, the stimulating contact with a sensible, superior woman, and success in school and music, help in her growing-up process. She is finally able to show her courage in standing up to Laura, defending her friend, and breaking -- realistically, but with love and understanding -- from the country childhood. She learns the value of standing alone in conviction, but being constant in friendship. A very real story and attractive presentation.

Publisher: Harper