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Mildred Keith

by Martha Finley
Series: The Original Mildred Classics #1
288 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Breeze

This is a good book, but some readers may find the old fashioned style a bit difficult.

Plot

Sixteen-year-old Mildred Keith moves with her family from their home to a small frontier town. She doesn't want to leave her friend and school, but though her new life is very different from what she had known, she soon makes new friends - and a few not so pleasant acquaintances. She also becomes one of the most popular girls in town and receives several unwelcome marriage proposals. But life is not all fun, and when the rest of her family is struck down with malaria, she must seek help to nurse them.

Morality

Hardly anyone does any thing very bad, though Millie's little brothers and sister can be mischievous. Disobedience is shown to be wrong. There is one woman who threatens children, but that also is shown to be wrong. Neighborly kindness is encouraged.

Spiritual Content

Millie comes from a strong Christian family, as do her friends. There is a woman who is rather hypocritical, twists Scripture, and thinks that sickness is sent as a punishment on people.

Violence

Someone has their hands badly injured and one of them has to be amputated. Mention is made of people being afraid the Indians will scalp them, but there is no real danger.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

There is a mention of a clandestine marriage.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

There is a little name-calling and some slightly rough talk between several young men, but no swearing.

Conclusion

This is a strongly Christian book, with a good example of a close family. It has a little bit of romance in it which is continued in the following books. I would recommend this for girls age eight and up, though boys may enjoy it as well.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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