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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Cornelia and The Audacious Escapades of The Somerset Sisters by Lesley M. M. Blume

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters
With such a title, you know that this book is not going to be boring. Eleven year old Cornelia is very lonely. Her mother is a very famous concert pianist. She is rarely ever at home: she is distant both literally and figuratively. Cornelia is cared for by servants. Everything changes when an elderly woman moves in next door. The house in her New York City neighborhood leaves Cornelia intrigued. The exotic door is a symbol of how Cornelia's world is about to open up to a new perspective. Virginia Somerset is the new neighbor's name and does she have stories to tell! Virginia and her three sisters traveled around the world in 1950. They truly had audacious escapades.
Cornelia finds comfort and confidence in the stories about the sisters. Cornelia and Virginia both have a love of words. However, Cornelia uses words as a defense mechanism. She focuses on difficult vocabulary instead of interpersonal relationships. As the story unfolds, Virginia gets ill. Cornelia is drawn back to her mother.
Girls ages ten to twelve should gravitate to this fiction. It is really hard to believe that this is Lesley M. M. Blume's first novel. One of the favorite words from the book might be "nugatory". There are so many unique words. You might find several audacious words in this escapade!


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