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Book Title: Nellie Bishop|
The size of the: 19.76 MB
Edition: Boyds Mills Press
Date of issue: January 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9781563976421
The author of the book: Clara Gillow Clark
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:This little novels tells the story of Clark's own great-grandmother, a child of destitute Irish parents in a Pennsylvania canal town. Nellie's will to improve the life of herself and younger brother, Willie, is both tragic and inspiring. As her parent's conspire to marry her off - at the tender age of 14 - Nellie struggles to make other plans, everything from running away to finding a job.
But when her parents sell her to the highest bidder, Nellie must decide whether to take the risk of accepting what has happened, or facing the world on her own.
It's so hard to imagine what Nellie's life must have been like, but Ms. Clark gives the reader a good look into some very harsh conditions while at the same time showing Nellie's love, determination, and courage.
Read information about the authorThe youngest child in a family who came from "a long line of farmers and readers," Clara Gillow Clark began school in a one-room schoolhouse and-when she wasn't wanting to be an inventor, archaeologist, geologist, missionary, or solo violinist-grew increasingly drawn to writing. After marrying and having a son, she read a magazine article on children's author Judy Blume, who, like her, was a stay-at-home wife who sold her own crafts before starting her writing career. Inspired, Clara Gillow Clark began commuting to writing classes in New York City, while juggling jobs ranging from teacher's aide to store manager.
Her long efforts paid off. "Now I work at home,"she says, happily. When she's not writing--or reading, or teaching writing, or talking shop with other writers--she enjoys baking, gardening, and walking the dirt roads bordering her little red house, surrounded by her own meadows, woods, and lake. "Walking," she says, "is a love I learned from my father, who took his sprawling brood on nature walks and taught us to stop long enough to really see things."
Clara Gillow Clark lives in Pennsylvania.
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