An Old-fashioned Story

Book - 1980
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Unexpected sources help a spunky orphan in the search for her parents who have been missing since 1922.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan, c1980.
ISBN: 9780025838505
Branch Call Number: LPLD850927164731
Characteristics: 132 p., [6] leaves of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Noonan, Julia


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FindingJane Apr 11, 2015

Mr. Meehan’s book has definitely captured the “aw shucks” quality of the “Annie” musical; there’s nary a trace of 20th-century sophistication or cynicism about it. Written in a facile, naïve fashion, this novel retains all the witless exuberance of a composition by a fifth-grader. The prose is exuberant but awkward, sometimes making the mistake of telling rather than showing.

In spite of the inept nature of the writing, the novel does manage to do more than recount its musical origins. It fleshes out the storyline by bringing in numerous other characters, outlining the grimness of a life steeped in the poverty, hopelessness, grime and despair that was the Depression, a place where a monied banker could lose his job, his home, his fortune in one day and find himself selling apples on the street the next. We get the background of Miss Agatha Hannigan and her rapscallion brother, Daniel Francis “Rooster” Hannigan, a miserable life that landed the former in a thankless job and the latter constantly in and out of jail.

But it is Annie who shines through, with all her boundless charm, toughness, wariness and sunniness combined. Her scrappiness and determination to find her parents, her origins, where she truly belongs is the engine that drives this book. She’s a formidable character who manages to land on her feet no matter where she’s thrown. She’s one of those enviable female protagonists that make you root for her practically from the very first page.

This book is a must-read for little girls; even little boys might enjoy it, given the chance. It’s not great literature but it has the earmarks of a timeless classic.

Jul 30, 2014

Im like on chapter 5 and i love the book i just cant put it down. i would so recommend u read it :) And i would recommend for ages 11 and up because there is some bad language in the book

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Jul 30, 2014

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