Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Just Jane by William Lavender



Lavender. William. 2002. JUST JANE.

Lady Jane is coming to America. As an orphan--even a wealthy orphan--she is a fourteen year old in need of a guardian. In America she has family aplenty...they just might not be speaking to each other. You see, the year is 1776, and her family is torn apart by all this talk of war and rebellion. Her aunt and uncle, Robert and Clarissa are Loyalists. They are English and will remain so no matter how many years they have lived in America. Her other aunt and uncle, Harriet and Arthur have Patriotic leanings. As the novel begins, they are fighting for neutrality as long as possible...wanting to remain in touch with all family members despite their political leanings. But when forced to choose, they’re American. Cousin Brandon, Loyalist. Cousin Hugh, Patriot. Jane’s new life is full of new sights and sounds and quite a few arguments. Not knowing what to think about any of this mess, she finds comfort and joy in friendship with a schoolteacher, Simon Cordwyn. The war--when it comes--is long and full of uncertainties. Jane matures from a schoolgirl into a woman who can decide for herself what to believe and how to act. Just Jane is her struggle to find out who she is...and what she believes about life, love, and war.

6 comments:

Debi 7:06 AM  

My daughter and I read this last year for homeschooling. To coincide with our study of the American Revolution. We both enjoyed it...it was nice to get a look at the war from a southern perspective, as so many historical novels about this time are set in the northern colonies.

Brooke.J 10:38 PM  
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Sarah,  8:03 PM  

I recently finished this book as a sophomore and truly enjoyed it. It is truly one of the best I've ready in a long time.

Anonymous,  6:21 PM  

Just Jane is a great revolutionary war book!

Anonymous,  6:12 PM  

i am now reading this book in language arts and i enjoy it. im in accelarated and im in
6th grade. i have to make a scrapbook and pretend im the character.

Anonymous,  5:56 PM  

This book was boring and not very fun to read. Especially if you have to do a report on it

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