By Cecelia, Kid Editor-in-Chief, age 11
A book that my family has read recently and that my sister really loves is A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I like this book, even though it does have some sad parts. I recommend it and hope you are interested in reading it if you haven’t already. It has also been made into multiple movies and we have watched two of them. I will tell you a little bit about it. Most of the story takes place at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in England. The story takes place in the year 1905.
The top ten main characters in this book are Sara (a rich girl who has to leave her dad in India and go to Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in England and later has to live in an attic and work as a servant at her school because her father dies and she has no money left and is great at telling stories), Captain Crewe (Sara’s dad who dies later in the book because he loses all his money and is worried about it), Miss Minchin (the snobby owner of Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies), Ermengarde (a friend that Sara makes at Miss Minchin’s who everyone calls dumb), Lottie (a young spoiled girl at Miss Minchin’s who has lost her mom just like Sara and becomes Sara’s friend because of it), Lavinia (a nasty girl at Miss Minchin’s school who is older than Sara and mocks Sara because Miss Minchin likes Sara due to all the money she has), Becky (a servant girl who works at Miss Minchin’s school, lives in the attic, and becomes Sara’s friend), Melchisedec (a rat in Sara’s attic room that Sara becomes friends with), Mr. Carrisford (the person who lives next door to Sara and rescues her from her attic), and Ram Dass (the Indian servant who helps Mr. Carrisford since he is very sick and becomes friendly with Sara).
During the story, Sara Crewe has to leave her home in India. She is rich and makes lots of friends at her new school. But then on Sara’s birthday, she finds out her father has died because of business worries. Sara moves into an attic and has to use her trick of pretending things as well as her kindness in order to stay strong through her struggles.
I like this book because it is happy in some places and sad in others. This book is full of vivid descriptions and likeable characters. You will be able to understand how Sara feels through the dialogue and descriptions in this book. I hope you read it. You will smile and cry and hopefully like it just as much as I did.