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by Jean Webster
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Jerusha Abbott has grown up in the John Grier Home for orphans. As the oldest, she is in charge of the younger children. An anonymous benefactor on the Board, "Mr. Smith," decides to send her to college, as long as she writes to him faithfully detailing her education. Originally published in 1912, Jean Webster's coming-of-age tale continues to be relevant to young women today. Actress Kate Forges shares these months and years, from freshman to senior in college. Through a series of letters Jerusha writes to "Daddy-Long-Legs," a relationship filled with affection and respect develops, even though she is the only correspondent throughout the years. Although the narrative unfolds slowly, the language is sophisticated, highly descriptive, and witty. Jerusha's concern about social class standings may seem a bit dated to most listeners, as the reference to "Negro waiters" when she is riding the train may surprise and offend some listeners. Forbes gives an outstanding one-woman performance. Her crisp elucidation, varied intonations, and enthusiasm for this character provide a first-rate reading. This tale will appeal to listeners who revel in rich, detailed imagery to present a character wholly believable and likeable.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
This 1912 book has been made into a play and several movies. However, Forbes's sparkling delivery gives the charming story a whole new perspective. Jerusha is an orphan girl who expects to be turned out into the world when she leaves the John Grier Home. Since only poor boys qualify for college assistance, Jerusha is astonished when an anonymous man, Daddy-Long-Legs, grants her funding for school. All she must do in return is write letters to him reporting her progress. Her feisty letters provide an excellent view of a girl's life in the early twentieth century. It is a credit to Forbes's skill that she keeps the letters so interesting. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
The oldest at a dreary home for foundlings, Judy Abbott finds her life completely changed when, with the help of a mysterious benefactor, she is granted her wish to be able to go to college. A meeting with the rich, handsome uncle of her snobbish roommate sets Judy on the road to discovering her secret friend.
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