Thursday, September 3, 2020

Review: Starting Over from Seneca Falls

Starting from Seneca Falls
Bridie hasn't had an easy life. Her brothers and father died in the potato famine. Her mother died in the poorhouse in America. Now she's on her own. When the poorhouse allows a family to take her in, she knows it's not going to go in her favor.

She's right. She runs away before the man of the house can kill her in a rage. She meets Rose, a Black girl, who helps her. Rose brings her to Mrs. Stanton's house where Bridie finds a job and a room.

Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton is planning a Women's Convention. Both Bridie and Rose know their lives are hard - but they shouldn't be. Maybe all this talk about women's rights will make things start to change for the better. Both girls have dreams of something more.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this historical fiction book for kids. I loved seeing the friendship blossom between these two girls as they dreamed of a better world. I loved reading how the convention came together and about the historical figures that attended. I loved the message of being kind - even to those who haven't been kind to you. And that ending was great!

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My library
Library Recommendation: A great historical fiction book about Human Rights - bringing up lots of big questions. This book is perfect for school and public libraries.

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