Tennyson by Lesley M. M. Blume

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It’s 1932, the Depression. Things are evening out among people everywhere. Tennyson Fontaine and her sister Hattie live in a rickety shack of a house with their mother and father and their wild dog, Jos. There is no school, only a rope swing in the living room and endless games of hide-and-seek in the woods on the banks of the Mississippi. But when their mother disappears and their father sets off to find her, the girls find themselves whisked away to Aigredoux, once one of the grandest houses in Louisiana, and now a vine-covered ruin. Under the care of their austere Aunt Henrietta, who is convinced the girls will save the family’s failing fortunes, Tennyson discovers the truth about Aigredoux, the secrets that have remained locked deep within its decaying walls. Caught in a strange web of time and history, Tennyson comes up with a plan to bring Aigreoux’s past to light. But will it bring her mother home?

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About Lesley M. M. Blume

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Lesley M. M. Blume is a journalist, writer, and cultural observer based in New York City.
Published January 8, 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 242 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Blume builds her cast with characters kind and cruel, threads in most of the tropes and themes common to tales of this style—the cyclical nature of family history, the War’s enduring inner wounds, the complex relations between races, to name but a few—and in the end indicates that the children wi...

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Historical Novel Society

Tennyson copes by writing stories based on the dreams Aigredoux inspires about the family’s dark past, a lost fortune built on the miseries of slavery.

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As Tennyson writes her stories in order to call her mom home, she gradually grows closer to the dilapidated house, despite all of its dark family secrets being revealed.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

She immediately has the idea that if the girls could attract rich suitors the family home might be saved, but the girls are resistant and quickly make enemies of Henrietta and her bad-tempered housemaid, Zulma.

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