A little over two weeks ago I wrote a review of the book Pollyanna by Elanor H. Porter. I enjoyed that book so much that I decided to read the sequel, Pollyanna Grows Up. This book starts up a few months after Pollyanna arrives home from the sanitarium. This book is divided between Pollyanna's life at a couple different ages.
The first half is when she's thirteen. Her new uncle is offered a position in Germany and want Aunt Polly to go with him. Aunt Polly will not go unless she knows Pollyanna has somewhere to live while they are in Germany. A nurse from the sanitarium hears about it and persuades her sister, Mrs. Carew, to take Pollyanna for the school year. Mrs Carew is a wealthy widow that keeps to herself in a large, dark house in Boston. Aunt Polly agrees to the living situation and gets Pollyanna enrolled at a girl's school near Mrs. Carew.
After Pollyanna returns home in the spring, her aunt and uncle decide to return to Germany and take Pollyanna with them. The second half of the book takes place when Pollyanna is twenty and they come back home from Germany. Things have changed and they are trying to adjust to the changes.
As in the first book, Pollyanna changes many people's lives, both new friends and old friends. I enjoyed reading it a seeing the types of changes she made in their lives.
Tim's Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)