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Luck of the Dudley Grahams

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Luck of the Dudley Grahams by Alice Calhoun Haines is a delightful and heartwarming coming-of-age story set in the early 20th century. The book follows the Graham family, specifically the youngest daughter, Katie, as they navigate the challenges and triumphs of life in a small southern town.

Haines does a fantastic job of creating a vivid and engaging world, full of colorful characters and rich historical detail. The story is both charming and poignant, with moments of humor and sadness expertly woven together. Katie is a compelling protagonist, with her plucky spirit and determination making her a character that readers will root for from the start.

The relationships between the Graham family members are beautifully portrayed, capturing the complexities and nuances of familial love and loyalty. The themes of friendship, perseverance, and the importance of staying true to oneself are expertly explored throughout the novel.

Luck of the Dudley Grahams is a captivating and heartwarming read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and coming-of-age tales. Haines' writing is engaging and evocative, drawing readers into a bygone era that feels both familiar and enchanting. Overall, this book is a true gem that will leave a lasting impression on readers long after they finish the final page.

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The Luck of the Dudley Grahams is the story of the four Graham children and their recently widowed mother, trying to make ends meet by taking boarders into their somewhat eccentric home, as told by 17-year-old Elizabeth to her diary. She chronicles their struggles with the boarders, housekeeping on a very tight budget, and the adventures of her three younger siblings. If the category existed at the time, this would be more of young adult novel than a children's book, as Elizabeth has her moments of angst and worry about herself, her family, and their future. - Summary by Colleen McMahon

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