UNDERSTOOD BETSY by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

For all of her nine years, fragile Elizabeth Ann has heard her Aunt Frances refer in whispers to "those horrible Putney cousins."  But when her aunt can no longer care for her, Elizabeth Ann is forced to leave her sheltered life in town, to live in the wilds of Vermont with distant relatives.

In the beginning, Elizabeth Ann is shocked by country living---pets are allowed to sleep in the house and children are expected to do chores!  But with country living comes independence and responsibility, and in time Elizabeth Ann finds herself making friends and enjoying the company of her newfound family.  When, after a year, Aunt Frances comes to get her niece, she discovers a healthier, prouder girl with a new name---Betsy---and a new outlook on life.

Read this delightful book and join the discussion on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:30 in the evening.  Snacks will be served.