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Aunt Jane's Nieces and Uncle John

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

Aunt Jane's Nieces and Uncle John picks up the continuing story of the three cousins Patsy Doyle, Beth De Graf, and Louise Merrick, and their family; the plot of the book begins three days after the wedding of Louise and her fiancé Arthur Weldon, the event that concluded the sixth book in the series, Aunt Jane's Nieces in Society. Uncle John hires a touring car and the party makes a tour of the South West, visiting New Mexico and Arizona.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It proved to be fairly comfortable, however, and the first care of the party was to see Myrtle Dean safely established in a cosy room, with a grate fire to cheer her. Patsy and Beth had adjoining rooms and kept running in for a word with their protégé, who was so astonished and confused by her sudden good fortune that she was incapable of speech and more inclined to cry than to laugh.

During the evening Uncle John was busy at the telegraph booth. He sent several messages to Leadville, to Anson Jones, to the Chief of Police and to the various hotels; but long before midnight, when the last replies were received, he knew that Anson Jones had left Leadville five months ago, and his present whereabouts were unknown. Having learned these facts the little man went to bed and slept peacefully until morning.

Myrtle had begged them to see that she was called at five o'clock, that she might have ample time to get to the depot for her train,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A sweet story.

Always a happy ending!

Patsy, Beth, Patsy's father, and the girls' Uncle John venture out west by train and car, and meet adventures along the way.

This is the second travelogue among the Aunt Jane’s Nieces books. The first was of Italy. This second is of the American West, and conveys Baum’s awe at the majest

This book is remarkable for the big road trip the family take, basically along what would become Route 66. Anyone familiar with this road trip will enjoy this little bit of history, and appreciate the hardships of early motoring.

As this is book #5 the story lines are becoming predictable but still very enjoyable all told.

In today's society this book can be called racist. However in the time period it was written this was the thoughts of the majority of citizens in the U S. So at that time it wouldn't have been called racist but even enlightened for its positive portrait of the chauffeur as they got to know him. It i

This is the most racist of the series so far. Baum's writing may have been acceptable 100 years ago but his classist, racist attitudes really show through in this book if the series.

Patsy and Beth are on a cross-country automobile drive with their father and uncle John, when they encounter a disabled young girl searching for her distant relatives. They decide to help her, and the group travels across the Southwest, finding adventure on their way to California.

The plot can be a