Becoming Rosemary by Frances M. Wood

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Rosemary Weston lives in a safe, cozy North Carolina village in 1790. Every day brings chickens to feed, herbs to gather, and lots of time to explore the nearby forest.

Change is about to arrive, though, as surely as the arrival of the village's newest citizens: a cooper and his young, pregnant wife. The cooper's wife fast becomes Rosemary's first true friend--someone to imagine with, to laugh with. Rosemary's heart expands as quickly as her body outgrows last summer's dress.

But soon rumors spread--tales of witchcraft and evil. As the gossip begins to spoil the calm and warmth of her village, Rosemary is the first to take action. The safety of her family and her dearest friend is at stake.

About Frances M. Wood

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Frances Wood is Head of the Chinese section at The British Library. Her previous publications include "Did Marco Polo Go To China? "(1995), "No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: Treaty Port Life in China 1843-1943 "(1998), "Hand Grenade Practice in Peking: My Part in the Cultural Revolution "(2000), and "Blue Guide to China "(revised edition, 2002).
Published January 1, 1997 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Wood provides a spirited rendering of the rivalry between Rosie and A-2, as well as the cooperation that keeps the family's small farm flourishing.

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Living in a small farming village in the late 18th century, 12-year-old Rosemary Weston, heroine of this strong first novel, spends much of her time gathering plants and herbs for her mother's magical healing concoctions and watching her older sister Con communicate telepathically with a Native A...

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