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A Little Maid of Province Town

Alice Turner Curtis

Book Overview: 

Plucky eight year old Anne Nelson, living in Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod, is determined to bring the Revolutionary War to an end so that she can be reunited with her soldier father. Will she succeed in carrying an important message from Boston to Newburyport, warning the American troops to be prepared, or will she be caught by the English ships patrolling the harbor?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ld come for her, he turned and made his way through the wood, and soon Anne could no longer see him.

For a long time the little girl sat silent and 36 sorrowful where he had left her. She had forgotten all about the little brown cow; her wooden doll lay neglected on the grass beside her. But after a little she remembered the errand on which she had been sent, and, picking Martha up, started off to drive Brownie back to the pasture near home.

Anne was so quiet that day that at night Mrs. Stoddard questioned her anxiously. “Have those Cary children been saying hateful words to you again, child?” she asked.

“No, I have not been to the spring,” answered Anne.

“Has Jimmie Starkweather been telling thee more foolish tales of a big wolf that comes prowling about at night?” continued Mrs. Stoddard.

“Oh, no, Mistress Stoddard. And indeed I do not think Jimmie Starkweather would frighten me. You . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A great book from the revelutionary time for young girls. My girls loved it, especially my oldest (6 yr old).

Very cute; short and sweet. Alice Turner Curtis wrote in the early 20th century, mostly books for children, about characters in the Revolutionary War or Civil War eras. This one is about a little girl in the years just before the Revolutionary War. It's very sweet, definitely a good "beginning re...more

A Little Maid of Provincetown is a delightful little children's book set around the times of the American Revolution. After her father leaves her, Anne Nelson seeks shelter with the Stoddards, a happy-but-childless family. She soon adjusts to her new life, though she is unhappy that some of the o...more

Enjoyable story. 5+

I am in love with this series. There are so many good things about it. I did feel there was a definite lack of sorrow in the beginning, but it didn't detract from the overall story told. We used this book as a history lesson to learn a little of the effects of the beginning of the Revolutionary w...more

I adored this book. Obviously the target audience is kids, but my first exposure to the author and this book was just this week and I’ve been an adult for several decades. Lol
Just precious. I look forward to sharing this book (and hopefully others in the series) with my niece who is 7, and an ad...more

Spunky Anne Nelson, motherless and temporarily fatherless, is staying in the home of Captain Enos Stoddard and his wife Martha. Local children are calling her father a spy, and they act suspicious about her as well. Has her father really been lost at sea, or will they be reunited? 8-to-10ers with...more

I have been reading this series to my 94 year old mother who can't see to read herself. She loved these books as a child, and I too loved them.

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