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The Queen's Own Grove

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by Patricia Beatty     Illus. by Liz Dauber
Normal-length Novel
Genre: Realistic Historical Fiction

In the late 1880s, Amelia Bromfield-Brown was living in London, England. Then her father got sick so they moved to Riverside, California, by way of Canada. They bought a grove of orange trees and became orange growers. Unfortunately, the trees had a disease, the weather was way too hot, their next-door neighbors threw rotten oranges at them because they were from England, and their house burned down. But worst of all, Grandmother really misses England and would be really happy to be invited to the local Tennis Club for tea but that's not happening because her nephew's wife is in charge of the place and she doesn't really like Grandmother (for reasons to complicated to go into here)! What will this poor family do?!?!

This book fictionalizes events that actually took place in Riverside, CA, in the late 1880's. It was very well written, and it totally drew me into the story! It was even more interesting to me because I am from the Riverside area and so I was familiar with many of the places talked about in the book. If you like historical fiction, I highly recommend this book!

(Last modified:07/18/2008)

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