“Nancy and Plum” by Betty MacDonald
If you enjoy books that make you feel for characters and hope the best for them, you will love “Nancy and Plum”. Like “A Little Princess” and “Anne of Green Gables” before them, Nancy and Pamela, who is called “Plum”, are sisters who have obstacles to overcome, and have only themselves, their wit, and kind people they meet to help them get out of the sad situation in which they find themselves.
The two little girls are living in a boarding home for children, which is run by the cruel and insensitive Mrs. Monday. She has taken the money and other items sent to them by their uncle, and they have no parents to intervene. Fortunately, a few loving adults take an interest in the young orphans, and working together, using their pluck and ingenuity, the girls might just have a chance to escape to something better. This is the story of their journey. It is available in hard copy in the children's department at WCPL.
Betty MacDonald is also the author of the “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” series. “Nancy and Plum” was published in 1952, after “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic” and before “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm”. As an added highlight, Mrs. Macdonald also wrote “The Egg and I”, which was made into a hilarious 1947 movie starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert. This family movie is available on DVD at Warsaw Community Public Library. It’s a double feature, also offering Francis the Talking Mule. Enjoy!