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Dorothy Dale : A Girl of Today

Margaret Penrose

Book Overview: 

Dorothy Dale is the daughter of an old Civil War veteran who is running a weekly newspaper in a small Eastern town. Her sunny disposition, her fun-loving ways and her trials and triumphs make clean, interesting and fascinating reading. The Dorothy Dale Series is one of the most popular series of books for girls ever published.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .he light; the scales have fallen from my eyes."

The awful face of the villainous man, who had so frightened Dorothy on the stairs of the Bugle office, seemed to flash into that room. Could he be that evil genius?

"Yes, Major Dale," he went on, "you must have heard by this time that a man waylaid your daughter, grabbed the papers from her hands and tried to frighten her so that there would be no outcry until he had made his escape. Well, that man was no other than he who put liquor to my lips when I was a boy; who took me from my home when I was a husband, and made me sign papers that would leave my young wife helpless in all the affairs that she should rightfully control. Not satisfied with this record of villainy, he, at last, separated me from my wife and daughter, and though I have searched for years for them, it has all been in vain."

The man stopped. Tears were streaming down his pallid face and the s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

My initial reaction to this book is that the main character, Dorothy Dale, is so saintly and the plot so saccharine that it sets my teeth on edge. Dorothy is just too good to be true - so much an idealized model of behavior that it makes the story unbelievable - even for a book written in 1908.


By the same company that did Nancey Drew. Dorothy Dale is a girly Nancey from an earlier time.