Four generations. Four girls. One family.
An amazing new four-book series from Ann M. Martin.
It starts with Abby.
It's 1930, and Abby Nichols can't imagine what her future holds. She lives with her quiet mother, her angry father, and her sometimes annoying, sometimes sweet sister, Rose, in a small town in Maine. One of her best friends is a boy named Orrin, whom her father doesn't want her talking to. She's known her other best friend, Sarah, forever, and doesn't think they'll ever be apart.
But Abby's world is changing fast. Soon there will be new siblings to take care of, a new house to move into, and new friends to meet. There will also be good-byes to say and hard choices to make.
In this incredible new series, bestselling author Ann M. Martin brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time. The family story begins with Abby's, then continues in the next three Family Tree books, focusing on the lives of Abby's daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter. The result is a remarkable look at four generations in one memorable family.
Martin (Ten Rules for Living with My Sister) paints an authentic picture of white middle-class life during the 1930s in this first installment of the Family Tree series, tracing four generations of American girls. Growing up in Maine, eight-year-old Abby Nichols is the oldest daughter of an ambitious carpenter eager to realize the American Dream. But his prejudices are strong, too: he won't let Abby associate with her Irish Catholic neighbor, Orrin, among others. As Abby's father gains success, she enjoys more privileges, including a big new house in the city, but the family's newfound prosperity doesn't ease her outrage over her father's mistreatment of the less fortunate, including Abby's mentally impaired baby brother. Besides addressing the subject of bigotry, Martin underscores the powerlessness of wives and children at the time, revealing the positive and negative sides of tight family bonds. Abby grows into a resilient young woman (the novel spans more than 10 years), willing to speaks her mind and assert her independence. Martin incorporates universal themes into this period piece, and her poignant writing is sure to satisfy fans. Ages 8 12.