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Boston Jane : wilderness days
Holm, Jennifer L.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2002]

Physical Description:
vi, 242 pages ; 22 cm
Far from her native Philadelphia, Miss Jane Peck continues to prove that she's more than an etiquette-schooled graduate of Miss Hepplewhite's Young Ladies Academy as she braves the untamed wilderness of Washington Territory in the mid 1850s.
General Note:
Sequel to: Boston Jane : an adventure.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 8.0 63088.

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"Remember -- you make your own luck." Abandoned in Washington Territory by her faithless fiance, Jane Peck prepares to return home to Philadelphia -- only to learn that the life she once knew is no more. Lost and alone, Jane must make a new home for herself as the only pioneer woman in the primitive settlement of Shoalwater Bay. Armed with little more than her finishing-school education, Jane is left to survive everything from the disagreeable habits of her unkempt landlord to the infuriating flawlessness of Shoalwater's latest arrival, Mrs. Frink. All this, as well as a blossoming romance and a perilous manhunt, awaits Jane as she matches wits with the wilderness. The second book of the Boston Jane trilogy, this remarkable, suspense-filled adventure pits Jane Peck against some of her deepest fears in the wild, uncharted frontiers of friendship, love, and the Pacific Northwest.

Author Notes

After graduating from Dickinson College, Jennifer L. Holm became a broadcast producer of television commercials and music videos for numerous companies including Nickelodeon, MTV, American Express, Hershey's and Huggies. Her first book, Our Only May Amelia, was a 2000 Newbery Honor Book. Both Penny from Heaven and Turtle in Paradise were Newbery Honor recipients in 2007 and 2011, respectively. She is also the author of numerous series including Boston Jane, Babymouse, and The Stink Files, which she writes with her husband Jonathan Hamel. Her title, The Fourteenth Goldfish made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Holm continues the saga of the intrepid Miss Jane Peck, a 16-year-old Philadelphian who, in Boston Jane (2001), traveled by ship to Washington Territory to meet a fiancewho married someone else. In this story, she receives news of her father's death, befriends a mysterious stranger who inquires after her protector, Mr. Russell, and then must trek through the wilderness to prevent the stranger from committing murder. Although Jane is maturing and has moved beyond her blind allegiance to the rules of Philadelphia etiquette, she still has concerns about propriety and appreciates a few civilized luxuries. These worries and her stubbornness lead to more than a few misunderstandings, especially with Jehu, the sailor-turned-settler who loves her. As always, Holm keeps her touch light, sly, and humorous. The dichotomy of Jane's attempts to inhabit a "proper" world in the soggy, flea-bitten wilderness of 1854 Washington Territory is funny and romantic and should have wide appeal. --Kay Weisman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Boston Jane: The Claim by Jennifer L. Holm, continues Jane's ongoing frontier adventures in the Pacific Northwest. Her world turns tumultuous when Sally Biddle, her debutante nemesis, arrives at Shoalwater Bay intent on destroying Jane's life. Moreover, Jane must contend with her ex-fiance's attempts to turn the settlers against the native Chinooks. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Fans of this series, set in Shoalwater Bay in Washington Territory in the 1850s, will find Jane, now 17, to be just as strong and admirable a character as ever. In this third installment, the frontier settlement has grown into a town and Jane works as a concierge in the hotel. Her old rival, Sally Biddle, disembarks ship and immediately takes every opportunity to embarrass and alienate Jane just as she had done back in Philadelphia. William Baldt, the man who asked Jane to marry him in the first book, is back and threatens to take her land. She surprises some community members when she speaks up for a wrongly accused Chinook who is charged with stealing whiskey, and she bravely rescues a child of Chinook and white heritage who is unfairly placed with an abusive foster parent. A touch of romance between Jane and Jehu, the sailor she met on her journey west, helps move the story to a satisfying conclusion. This glimpse into Northwestern pioneer life is based on primary and secondary sources, including Holm's own family history. Recommend this title to readers who enjoyed L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" series (HarperCollins).-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



It was a sweet September day on the beach, much like the day I'd first sailed into Shoalwater Bay that April. The sun was skipping across the water, and the sky was a bright arc of blue racing to impossibly tall green trees. And for the first time since arriving on this wild stretch of wilderness, I felt lucky again.   You see, I had survived these many months in the company of rough men and Chinook Indians, not to mention a flea-ridden hound, and while it was true that my wardrobe had suffered greatly, one might say that my person had thrived. I had made friends. I had started an oyster business. I had survived endless calamity: six months of seasickness on the voyage from Philadelphia, a near-drowning, a fall from a cliff, and a smallpox outbreak. What was there to stop me now?   Although a life on the rugged frontier of the Washington Territory was not recommended for a proper young lady of sixteen, especially in the absence of a suitable chaperone, I intended to try it.   After all, I did make the best pies on Shoalwater Bay. And striding up the beach toward me was a man who appreciated them.   "Jane!"   He had the bluest eyes I had ever seen, bluer than the water of the bay behind him. A schooner, the Hetty, was anchored not far out, and it was the reason I had packed all my belongings and was standing beside my trunk. The same schooner had brought Jehu Scudder back to the bay after a prolonged absence. Indeed, when Jehu left, I had doubted that I would ever see him again.   "Jane," Jehu said gruffly, his thick black hair brushing his shoulders, his eyes glowing in his tanned face. I had last seen him nearly two months ago, at which time I had hurt his feelings, and sailor that he was, he had vowed to sail as far away as China to be rid of me.   "Jehu," I replied, nervously pushing a sticky tangle of red curls off my cheeks.   He shook his head. "You're looking well, Miss Peck."   "As are you, Mr. Scudder," I replied, my voice light.   We stood there for a moment just looking at each other, the soft bay air brushing between us like a ribbon. Without thinking, I took a step forward, toward him, until I was so close that I breathed the scent of the saltwater on his skin. And all at once I remembered that night, those stars, his cheek close to mine.   "Boston Jane! Boston Jane!" a small voice behind me cried.   Sootie, a Chinook girl who had become dear to me, came rushing down the beach, little legs pumping, her feet wet from the tide pool in which she had been playing. She was waving a particularly large clamshell at me, of the sort the Chinook children often fashioned into dolls.   "Look what I found!" she said, eyeing Jehu.   "Sootie," I said, smoothing back her thick black hair. "You remember Captain Scudder? He was the first mate on the Lady Luck, the ship that brought me here from Philadelphia."   Sootie clutched the skirts of my blue calico dress and hid behind them shyly, peeking out at Jehu with her bright brown eyes. Her mother, my friend Suis, had died in the summer smallpox outbreak, and since then Sootie had spent a great deal of time inmy company.   Jehu crouched down next to her, admiring her find. "That's a real nice shell you have there."   She grinned flirtatiously at him, exposing a gap where one of her new front teeth was coming in.   Jehu grinned right back and squinted up at me from where he knelt. "I see you took my advice about wearing blue. Although I did like that Chinook skirt of yours," he teased, his Boston accent dry as a burr.   The cedar bark skirt in question, while very comfortable, had left my legs quite bare. "That skirt was hardly proper, Jehu," I rebuked him gently.   At this, his lips tightened and a shuttered look came across his face. The thick angry scar on his cheek twitched in a familiar way. He hunched his shoulders forward and stood up, deliberately looking somewhere over my shoulder. "Ah, yes, proper."   I bit my lip and stepped back. I had little doubt as to what was causing this sudden transformation. I had rejected his affections, as I had been engaged to another man.   "So tell me, how is your new husband?" he asked in a clipped voice.   "Jehu," I said quickly.   He turned from me and stared angrily out at the smooth bay. "If you'll excuse me, I've got supplies to deliver," he said tersely, and then he turned on his booted heel and strode quickly down the beach away from me.   I took a step forward, Sootie's arms tight around my legs. What was I to do? Miss Hepplewhite, my instructor at the Young Ladies Academy in Philadelphia, had a great number of opinions on the proper behavior of a young lady. I had discovered, however, that many of her careful instructions were sorely lacking when it came to surviving on the frontier. There was not much call for pouring tea or embroidering handkerchiefs in the wilds of Shoalwater Bay. And I certainly didn't recall any helpful hints on howto prevent the only man one had ever kissed from storming away for the second time in one's life. So I did something that I was sure would have shocked my old teacher.   I shouted.   "I didn't marry him!"   From the Trade Paperback edition. Excerpted from Boston Jane - Wilderness Days by Jennifer L. 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