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The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming

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Staff Review: "The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming" by J. Anderson Coats

★★★★

Jane’s father was killed in the Civil War leaving her stern stepmother, brother and herself almost penniless. Like many other war widows and their families seeking new husbands and a prosperous life they board a ship to the west. Jane’s main job, since her father’s death and on the ship, is running after and caring for her little brother Jer. But she has dreams of going to a real school, learning new things, meeting new friends and a whole new interesting life for herself. But when they arrive in Washington Territory after their long journey, they discover the basic rough-and-tumble town of Seattle is far from what was advertised in the brochure. This wonderfully written tween historical novel, described through the plucky main character, Jane’s upbeat eyes, is a joy to read.         

Audience: children, tweens | Genre: fiction

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