Twelve-year-old Eleanor Hill knows that women in other places do more than hang laundry, tend gardens, and fry fish for dinner. But in Atlantic Grove, her isolated North Carolina village, 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 gets 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 attention 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.
About Lisa Williams Kline (Charlotte, North Carolina Author)
Lisa Williams Kline was such a daydreamer as a kid that she once stopped to pet a dog while running from third base to home. Later, she became a spacey waitress, a disorganized bookkeeper, and a flat-out hair-raising forklift driver. Fortunately, she ended up as a writer, where daydreaming pays off, and is the author of eight middle-grade novels, including Eleanor Hill (Carus), winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award, Princesses of Atlantis (Carus), Write Before Your Eyes (Delacorte), and the 5-book Sisters in All Seasons series (Zondervan). She has also published a number of short stories for adults. She lives in North Carolina with her veterinarian husband, Jeff, two dogs, and a cat named Lionman. Their two daughters visit frequently with their dogs and as can be imagined they have a howling good time.