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Mary Louise in the Country

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

In this volume, Mary Louise and Gran’pa Jim take a house for the summer in a quiet place called Cragg’s Crossing. There, they meet with any number of peculiar people – and one very peculiar mystery!!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .t day and told the faithful black servant something of her plans. So, when the old cook lugged a huge basket to the pavilion for her in the afternoon, and set a small table with snowy linen and bright silver, with an alcohol arrangement for making tea, she said with an air of mystery:

"Don' yo' go open dat bastik, Ma'y 'Weeze, till de time comes fer eatin'. I jes' wants to s'prise yo'—yo' an' dat li'l' pooah girl what gits hungry so much."

So, when Aunt Polly had gone back to the house, Mary Louise arranged her table and then stood up and waved a handkerchief to signal that all was ready.

Soon Ingua appeared in her doorway, hesitated a moment, and then ran down the plank and advanced to the river bank instead of following the path to the bridge. Almost opposite the pavilion Mary Louise noticed that several stones protruded from the surface of the water. They were not in a line, but placed irregularly. However, Ingua knew their lie perfectly and was able to. . . Read More

Community Reviews

jolly black servants aside (i don't think the noble "so well adjusted you wouldn't remember she uses a wheelchair" girl is in this one), this story was absurd enough to be keep you guessing, just because what the hell.

This is an excellent story! Sibella Denton is an awesome narrator! I highly recommend!

I've really been enjoying reading the Mary Louise series. The not so subtle sexism makes me giggle, it's so rediculous but of course, it was written during that time when women were considered not very bright. It tickled me to know that the author was forced to re-write his first manuscript of th...more

Love your neighbor as yourself. A mystery to the end. This would be a good read-aloud book, one chapter at a time and talk about morals, judging outward appearance versus what;s really happening in the heart. A book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I really enjoyed this World War I era story that was actually written by Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. Mary Louise is a teenage orphan gitl who lives with her gran'pa Jim. The household moves to a house in Craggs Crossing for the summer where Mary Louise befriends young Ingua Sammuel. Ingua...more