Jenny of the Tetons

Day 115

Dear Jenny,

Although you get to spend your birthday in  Prague, here’s a picture of you at Jenny Lake in the Tetons, your other home-away-from-home.

Happy birthday, little sister.  You rock!

The book:

This is a nice little historical novel for middle graders, which includes the story of Jenny Leigh, the real namesake of Jenny Lake.  It is one of the “Great Episodes” historical fiction series.  Like any series, some books are better than others.  Many are written by one of my favorite historical fiction writers, Ann Rinaldi.  Unfortunately for the higher quality books in the series (and many are really high quality), historical fiction remains a niche genre for most kids, the realm of usually serious-minded female readers.  I hate this, because I devoured them growing up, which probably led to my reading of “real” history and my undergraduate history degree.


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