First Impressions by Marilyn Sachs

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" I read on. And then it happens. On page 89. Mary is humiliated, and I know I have to step in. There she is, in an ill-fitting, wine-colored gown that doesn't do anything for her mousy complexion, gathering up her music, when I pass by, and spill my glass of punch right on her dress. I turn, and there is Kevin, dressed in a scarlet coat and all the rest of the uniform of a British Soldier, circa 1811. 'What are you doing here?' I ask. 'Well, this is the part I'm up to in the book.'"

The smart middle child in a blue-collar family identifies with Mary, the middle child in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. When Alice enters Mary's world and makes changes in both their lives, she learns that first impressions aren't always right.

About Marilyn Sachs

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Marilyn Sachs, author of Lost in America, is also the author of more than 40 award-winning books, including A Pocket Full of Seeds, and the National Book Award finalist The Bear's House. She is a lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society and founder of its San Francisco branch.
Published March 7, 2006 by Roaring Brook Press. 128 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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The middle child of five in a middle-class home, 15-year-old Alice is so involved in the plight of Mary, the middle sister in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, that she can’t see the trajectory of the story and gets a C on her report.

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When Alice examines the classic more closely, she makes some important discoveries about its characters and also about author Jane Austen, who mysteriously "appears" to Alice at unexpected moments ("She was facing the waves, so I couldn't see her face....

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