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Set in Massachusetts during the 19th century, this reissue features all the plot twists and turns of the Victorian melodramas it satirizes. Young Emily, well-bred and protected, leaves Boston during a family crisis to spend the summer with her uncle, a banker. Little does she suspect that her father and uncle are conspiring to take the bank's assets. Line drawings....

Title : Emily Upham's Revenge: A Massachusetts Adventure
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ISBN : 9780688118990
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 172 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Emily Upham's Revenge: A Massachusetts Adventure Reviews

  • Tami
    2019-04-13 03:57

    Emily Upham’s Revenge is a lesser known work by the beloved author Avi. Read in one sitting, it a delightful read with easily accessible language and a sort of innocence about its characters.The main character, Emily Upham, is a well-brought-up young lady, 8-10 years of age, raised in a large home in Boston in 1875. Her father is nearly bankrupt and leaves his wife and daughter to go “get some money,” vowing not to come home without it. Emily’s mother becomes ill, unable to cope with her husband’s apparent desertion. She goes to stay with her sister while she sends Emily by train to stay with her rich uncle, a banker and Emily’s paternal uncle.Things do not go as planned when Emily is met at the train station not by her uncle, but by Seth Marple, a mishevious (but good-hearted) country boy in overalls, bare feet, and a whole bunch of trouble. He misleads Emily into thinking she has arrived in a “bandit town” and offers to protect her, sheltering her in his hideout in the woods. He does not tell Emily that he is hiding from the townspeople himself, introducing himself as Deadwood Dick, his favorite character in the adventure novels he reads.In an attempt to achieve his own escape from the town of North Brookfield and help Emily return to her mother in Boston Seth hatches a plot to rob the bank (owned by Emily’s uncle) and steal train fare for the two of them. Things go awry for both Seth and Emily when they stumble onto someone else’s plot to rob the same bank.Although some plot developments are predictable, the ending is not what you might imagine and is immensely satisfying for the reader. By turns funny, exciting and sometimes touching this is a wonderful story told my a master (with amusing illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky) and well worth the read!I would definitely recommend it as an independent read for 3rd – 5th graders, as a read-aloud for even younger as long as it is done at home and not in a large group. The reason for this is that the word “damned” is used twice in the book by Emily’s father. Although she is appropriately horrified by his use of “that word” and is positive all the bad things which occurred after he used it happened because he spoke it, there are, understandably, some parents and teachers who do not wish to read the word aloud to children–or to have children read it themselves– without an opportunity to discuss the word and its usage in daily life beforehand.

  • Elemi C. A.
    2019-04-03 21:09

    An entertaining story of a little girl who was being sent to her uncle's place, because her parents went broke and couldn't provide Emily what she needed. The story is very good and I like how it is told. It's a book I wish that it is shown on-screen and animated (preferrably). The uncle was a greedy, lying businessman who didn't really like the little girl, but he was funny towards the end of this story...Seth, the boy who Emily met along the way is a very interesting character so opposite to Emily's prim, proper and shy personality. They both make a very good pair and makes this story very compelling and worthwhile.

  • Maggie
    2019-04-15 00:01

    This novel is an ideal read for students ranging from third to eighth grade. Despite it’s seeming simplicity, it is full of adventure, mystery, suspense, and humor.The author exudes a sense of lighthearted fun, with unexpected plot twists that kept me turning the pages to the very end. The story follows the two main characters as they meet in a chance encounter. From that moment on, their journeys become intertwined, and they must set aside their differences to face a series of dangerous and often humorous events that ultimately leads to a surprising end.I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I hope you will too!

  • Vasha7
    2019-04-17 02:05

    See my note onThe True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle . This is a fun and hilarious book for younger readers. Although the title plays on that of a dime novel, and that form of literature has some part in the story, you don't have to have actually read any to get it.

  • Diane
    2019-04-03 00:13

    Emily must live with her uncle until her father gets some money. But before she meets her uncle at the train station, she meets Seth Marple who tells her the town is full of bandits and her uncle does not live there. She goes with Seth, who says he will help her get back to Boston.

  • Lea
    2019-03-31 01:50

    I was intrigued by the title of this book and enchanted by the illustrations. It is a cute tale for kids, but it was predictable and read like the illegitimate child of Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  • CatherineMustread
    2019-03-31 23:49

    In 1875 7-year-old Emily is sent to live with her wealth uncle and becomes involved in a bank robbery.

  • Shannon
    2019-04-13 19:48

    This chick (Emily) is awesome. I like her.

  • Julie Jeter
    2019-04-18 22:51

    It's so simple but i loved it!

  • Kaela
    2019-04-09 03:12

    Still one of my favorite books from childhood... :)

  • Karen
    2019-04-07 20:49

    Emily Upham is a prim and proper little girl whose path crosses a Tom Sawyer-like boy. Wonderful wackiness ensues. It's a good book.

  • Marina
    2019-04-07 21:54

    I tend to read the books my kids pick up from the library. This was a fun 1 1/2 hour read.So far, I haven't disliked any book written by this author.

  • Mariah H
    2019-04-10 03:07

    I thought it was interesting and funny and it was quite inspiring.

  • Arlene Allen
    2019-03-28 00:08

    Wish I remembered this better.

  • MaryJo
    2019-04-12 00:05

    Extrememely clever twists of plot!

  • Valerie
    2019-04-20 04:01

    My sister had a copy of this. I didn't think it was anything special.

  • Valerie Watson Scheg
    2019-03-28 22:56

    One of my favorite books from when I was young. Just re-read for a book club and enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it if not more.

  • Bekah
    2019-04-22 01:43

    Extremely fun and entertaining. I remember tearing through this one.

  • Marielle
    2019-04-23 22:10

    So cute! Emily is so good yet devious at the same time and the drawings are so cute!

  • Emily
    2019-04-05 20:06

    A good lesson learned.

  • Laurie D'ghent
    2019-04-05 01:10

    I absolute adore Avi, but I found this book exceptionally stupid. I don't know why, but it just annoyed me. Maybe I don't like anything right now.