Melissa Across the Fence by Augusta Huiell Seaman

Melissa Across the Fence

By Augusta Huiell Seaman
Level 5
Review:

Set in New York in the early 1900s, Melissa Across the Fence begins with an enchanting description of the grand house next door. “In the rear, a lawn ran right back to the fence, broken only by a narrow gravel walk, and with a stone fountain directly in the middle. In the spring and summer, water bubbled up in the fountain basin in jets of flying spray . . . But there was one strange thing about the house that puzzled Melissa: nobody ever seemed to live in it.” However, that soon changes when the shut-up house becomes occupied and Melissa sees a mysterious, pale-looking boy always looking out his window. Who is he? Why does he never come outside? Melissa finds out by writing a message on her chalkboard and holding it up outside the boy’s window. A sweet story of friendship ensues, sprinkled with gentle adventure.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region North America, United States, New York
Period 20th Century,1900s,early 1900s
Genre Historical Fiction
Digital Format Audiobook
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
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  • 4.5 Entertainment Value
  • 5 Moral Value
  • 3 Educational Value
  • 5 Literary Value
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