The Ornament Tree

The Ornament Tree Bonnie Shaster fourteen years old and recently orphaned has happily come to live with her mother s family in Seattle never expecting to find such chaos Her charming haplessrelatives have been forced

  • Title: The Ornament Tree
  • Author: Jean Thesman
  • ISBN: 9780380729128
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bonnie Shaster, fourteen years old and recently orphaned,has happily come to live with her mother s family in Seattle,never expecting to find such chaos Her charming, haplessrelatives have been forced to take in gentleman boarders tomake ends meet The progressive ladies crusade for causes likewomen s suffrage, yet they are quite inept at managing thehousehold Money is aBonnie Shaster, fourteen years old and recently orphaned,has happily come to live with her mother s family in Seattle,never expecting to find such chaos Her charming, haplessrelatives have been forced to take in gentleman boarders tomake ends meet The progressive ladies crusade for causes likewomen s suffrage, yet they are quite inept at managing thehousehold Money is always a problem and the boarders arefrequently at odds with one another and with the household ofwomen, not one of whom knows how to cook Yet whenhandsome young boarder Carson Young, a blind veteran of theGreat War, jokingly warns Bonnie to run for her life,she knows she isn t going anywhere.After escaping from the misery of living with herdisagreeable aunt, Bonnie has found a home where sheis happy and where she is valued often for taking chargeof problems that threaten to become disasters And as sheties her wishes on scraps of paper to the family s ornament tree, Bonnie dares to believe that her newhome and the people in it are the beginning of a new lifewhere her fondest wishes can come true.

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    1. 1918: Bonnie has the chance to move in with her great aunt in Seattle after her mother dies, and ends up growing up in different circumstances than she expected. This book isharmless, with the best parts the sweet unfulfilled love story betrayed by the dedication. A pleasant read of the Classic Girls of Children's Lit variety with a moral undertone despite it's recent publication date. It is too bad the author's strongest bits seem to be reimaginings of stories she heard, because she drops in so [...]

    2. This book was one of my favorites growing up and I recently rediscovered it. Why isn't this more well known? Its a YA novel about a girl in 1920's Seattle who goes to live with suffragette aunts in a boarding house filled with quirky characters. Add in a dose of feminist and class issues, the Spanish Influenza, and a really sweet "sort of" love story with an embittered and disabled young WWI veteran, and you've got yourself a little gem of a book

    3. This is one of my top 10 books. I could read this over and over and over again. It's about a girl who goes to live with her great aunt and she meets a very handsome blindgo read it it's that good.

    4. I loved this book. The story line was simple and exciting in the conventional time period way. Bonnie is a sharp clever girl who's strength holds the story together. She is the life of the story. I think what I loved the most of the story though was Jean Thesman's writing. The writing has to be entrancing and it was. I felt drawn into Bonnie's world.The ending though not entirely satisfying leaves space for a sequel but I doubt even a sequel could be as good. The Ornament Tree is a beautiful boo [...]

    5. This book had the rare ability to hold my interest throughout the entire book. For once I didn't skip anything. It was entertaining and thought provoking. I would have given it five stars if it would have had a more satisfying ending. Not a bad ending, but it would have been considerate to at least have included a epilogue. Sigh. I wish there was a sequel.Time out. I just found out that there was one. I'm much happier now. :)

    6. Orphan girl moves to Seattle to live with well-educated female relatives struggling to run a bording house even though they can't cook, etc. Complicated relationships with family, borders, including a blind young man, and school mates. Bonnie realizes she needs to be more than "a proper lady" and eventually goes to medical school. Middle grade or Young Adult

    7. This reminded me of the American Girl books. I really liked it. Takes place in the 1920's. It's a story of a 16 year old girl who moves to her Grandma's house in Seattle when her mother dies. Her grandma runs a boarding house---- great stories about the boarders. Best part -- there's a sequel.

    8. Excellent YA book set in 1920 in Seattle. Feminism, the labor movement, WWI, Spanish flu--lots of things going on in a period that isn't well-chronicled in historical fiction. I found the ending superb; the beginning a little slow. Oddly, the "ornament tree" metaphor is one of the weakest parts of the book. Excellent book for 7th/8th graders.

    9. Thesman creates vivid characters that make events from 1918-1920 feel real and contemporary, rather than vague, obscure moments of history. I felt affection and admiration for Bonnie and all the Devereaux women.

    10. This was one of my favorite books when I was little. I read it over and over. I even wrote the author, telling her how much I loved it and asking about a sequel. I still have the letter she wrote me in return. She did end up writing a sequel years later.

    11. A really good story, very well written. Funny and sad and triumphant. I would read more by this author. This book is very clean and proper, but there is a girl who finds herself pregnant and mention of prostitution. It's a YA book so just wanted to mention that.

    12. This was not what I expected it to be. The read turned out even better. We are transformed by the author into an earlier time. The lives of several people mixed and mingled in this novel with part of the focus on a tree that grants wishes. Great read for all.

    13. This was a nice easy read. Interesting historical info. Not sure if there is a sequel, it kinda left me hanging.

    14. I loved this book! I would have given it five stars had the ending been a little better and the if the sequel hadn't screwed up the story.

    15. I really liked this book. About a young learning what things in life are really important! A coming of age book for a 1920's teenager

    16. First Line: "Dear Elena,I haven't heard from you since I came here to live with Aunt Suze, and I'm worried."

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