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Publisher's Note:

1855. The unknown wilds of the Pacific Northwest—a land not yet tamed, and certainly not fitting for a proper young lady! Yet that’s just where Miss Jane Peck finds herself. After a tumultuous childhood on the wrong side of Philadelphia high society, Jane is trying to put aside her reckless ways and be accepted as a proper young lady. And so when handsome William Baldt proposes, she joyfully accep…

Boston Jane: An Adventure

by Jennifer L. Holm

Overall Book Review:

Boston Jane: An Adventure is the first book in an excellent three-part series. Teenage Jane longs to be prim and proper, but she doesn’t know the slightest thing about being a lady. After some humorous lessons at one of the finest finishing schools in Philadelphia, Jane excitedly sets out to prove she’s grown-up. Along her journey she finds much more than she bargained for, including adventure, mystery and romance.

Newbery Honor-winning author Holm once again delivers fantastic historical fiction. Boston Jane: An Adventure includes beautiful and well-written descriptions of Jane’s wilderness home. Holm frequently includes interesting tidbits about the wild Northwest and Chinook way of life. Jane’s character is honest and real; she’s stubborn, ornery and doesn’t immediately learn from her mistakes! Despite her flaws, Jane is one endearing protagonist and the story’s ending had me rushing to get the next book. With a message encouraging readers to “be yourself”, this is a series to share and enjoy!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Random House Children’s Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: None

Violence/Gore: A character falls off a cliff, sustains mild injuries and loses consciousness; a boy is hit by a ship’s mast and dies; a young woman falls from her bunk and dies; several characters die from smallpox.

Sexual Content: Two characters share a brief kiss; a character acknowledges losing so much weight that her “bosoms…had shrunk”.

Mature Subject Matter:

Racial conflict; death

Alcohol / Drug Use:

The soldiers and Chinooks drink on several occasions.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.