Cover image for Ann's story, 1747
Ann's story, 1747
Nixon, Joan Lowery.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
147 pages : illustrations, maps ; 19 cm.
Ann, a young girl in eighteenth-century Williamsburg, wants to become a doctor like her father, but she is not allowed even to study Latin or mathematics.
Reading Level:
670 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 3.0 44807.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.9 7 Quiz: 22300.
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Clearfield Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
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Kenmore Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Kenmore Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Orchard Park Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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Ann McKenzie loves living in Williamsburg. All of her family and friends are nearby, and there's always something exciting happening in the colonial capital. Now that she's 9 years old, it's time for Ann to start acting like a proper young woman, learning how to knit, to cook, and to manage a household. She prefers assisting her father, Dr. McKenzie, with his patients and working in his apothecary. Ann knows it's unheard of for a woman to be a doctor. But there must be some way for her to care for people in the way her father does.

Author Notes

Joan Lowery Nixon was born in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of Southern California where she received a B.A. in journalism and later an education certificate from California State.

She has written over 100 mystery books for young adults. She is known for her Orphan Train Adventure Series and other titles including A Family Apart, The Seance and Other Side of the Dark. Her works have earned her the honor of being the only writer to win four Edgar Allen Poe awards and in addition, two Spurs from Western Writers of America. She was a past President of the Mystery Writers of America.

She died from complications of pancreatic cancer on June 28, 2003, in Houston, Texas. She was 76.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Nine-year-old Ann McKenzie longs to be a doctor like her father, the Williamsburg apothecary. Redheaded, impulsive, bright, eager, and caring, Ann is much more interested in visiting patients than in learning the proper duties of a young woman of her times. Though the tone is a bit didactic, the protagonist is a likable heroine and the plot is fast paced-from the burning of the capitol to the rise of a smallpox epidemic. The construct of a story within a story-as if being told to modern-day schoolchildren visiting Colonial Williamsburg-is awkward and unnecessary, though once Ann's tale begins, it flows. Historical notes on Williamsburg, childhood, and medicine in the Colonial period; a detailed map; and several recipes are included. A concerted effort has been made to separate fact from fiction-unlike the treatment in the "Dear America" series (Scholastic). The foreword explains that the main character was a real person. For fans of the "Felicity" books (Pleasant Company), also set in Williamsburg, this is a must read; for other historical-fiction buffs, it's an acceptable choice.-Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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