Eleanor Hill

Eleanor Hill
: Lisa Kline
: The Bridge
: 243
: Fiction : General
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This novel, winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award, tells the story of twelve-year-old Eleanor Hill, who longs for adventures outside Atlantic Grove, her isolated North Carolina fishing village. She knows that women in other places must do more than hang laundry, tend gardens, and fry fish for dinner. In Atlantic Grove, most girls see nothing more in their futures than marriage to a fisherman and the meager existence that goes with it. Eleanor longs to experience the fast-changing world beyond Atlantic Grove -- she'd like to drive an automobile, see a picture show, and most of all, attend high school.
At last she has her chance. Without her papa's permission, Eleanor leaves home to live with her aunt and uncle in nearby New Bern. As she discovers the satisfactions of higher education, Eleanor also attracts the attentions of a handsome Italian immigrant boy and a prominent doctor's son. While spending her teenage years in New Bern, Eleanor begins to realize how valuable love and family are in her struggle for self-reliance.
Set against the exhilarating backdrop of 1910's America, this engaging novel vividly portrays one girl's search for identity and independence.

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