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Six to Sixteen A Story for Girls   By: (1841-1885)

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Six to Sixteen A Story for Girls by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing is a heartwarming and endearing tale that follows the life of young protagonist Ethel May. Set in the late 19th century, this novel takes readers on a journey through Ethel's formative years, starting at the tender age of six and culminating at sixteen.

From the very beginning, Ewing's storytelling captivates readers with her intricate attention to detail, painting vivid scenes that transport us to the countryside of England. The author skillfully weaves together Ethel's experiences, showcasing her growth, triumphs, and struggles as she navigates the challenges of adolescence.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is its focus on character development. Through Ethel's eyes, the readers witness her transformation from a curious and innocent child to a strong-willed and compassionate young woman. Ewing portrays Ethel's inner thoughts and emotions with such depth and authenticity that it is impossible not to become emotionally invested in her journey.

Another notable feature of this novel is its exploration of various themes and social issues relevant to the time period. Ewing delves into questions of class, gender roles, education, and societal expectations. Through Ethel's encounters with people from different walks of life, readers gain valuable insights into the complexities of the Victorian era.

The supporting characters in this story are equally well-developed and contribute significantly to Ethel's growth. From her nurturing mother to her mischievous brother and her kind-hearted governess, every character adds a layer of richness and depth to the narrative. Each interaction leaves a lasting impact on Ethel, shaping her worldview and reinforcing the importance of empathy and understanding.

Ewing's writing style is eloquent and distinct, keeping the readers engaged and eager to turn each page. She balances light-hearted moments of humor with poignant and thought-provoking scenes effortlessly, creating a perfect blend of emotions. Her ability to tackle serious subjects with sensitivity and grace is truly commendable.

In Six to Sixteen A Story for Girls, Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing has crafted a timeless tale that transcends age and gender. With its relatable protagonist and thought-provoking themes, this novel serves as a reminder of the universal challenges faced by young individuals navigating the transition from childhood to adulthood. Ethel May's journey is an inspiring one, encouraging readers to embrace their own unique path and find strength in the face of adversity.

Overall, Six to Sixteen A Story for Girls is a true gem in children's literature. Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing's masterful storytelling and compelling characters make this book a must-read for individuals of all ages. The messages it imparts are as relevant today as they were over a century ago, reminding us of the enduring power of resilience, kindness, and self-discovery.

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Transcriber's Note:

Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. A list of the changes is found at the end of the text. Inconsistencies in spelling and hyphenation have been maintained. A list of inconsistently spelled and hyphenated words is found at the end of the text.

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[Illustration: "'I've got a pink silk here,' said I, 'and pink shoes.'"]




[Published under the direction of the General Literature Committee.]




I wish that this little volume were worthier of being dedicated to you.

It is, I fear, fragmentary as a mere tale, and cannot even plead as an excuse for this that it embodies any complete theory on the vexed question of the upbringing of girls. Indeed, I should like to say that it contains no attempt to paint a model girl or a model education, and was originally written as a sketch of domestic life, and not as a vehicle for theories... Continue reading book >>

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