A Girl of the Limberlost

By Gene Stratton-Porter
Level 11

Spurned by her grieving mother since birth, 16-year-old Elnora Comstock finds solace in nature, cultivating a collection of rare moths and other specimens from Indiana’s Limberlost swampland. Elnora desires above all the love of her unaffectionate mother and an education at the local high school. But without any financial support available, Elnora must rely on her resourcefulness and determination to pay her way through school. This coming-of-age classic combines fascinating observations on nature with the struggles of growing up at the dawn of the 20th century. Will Elnora be able to earn enough money for her education? Will her mother ever truly love her and recognize that “the only pleasure in this world worth having is the joy we derive from living for those we love?”

This book is integrated with The Good and the Beautiful High School 2 Language Arts Course. This book is also available for purchase as a PDF set at goodandbeautiful.com.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region North America, United States, Indiana
Period 20th century, 1900s, early 20th century
Genre Historical Fiction
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  • 3 Entertainment Value
  • 5 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 5 Literary Value
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