This evening I finished reading Downright Dencey by Caroline Dale Snedeker.
The book has wonderful illustrations by Maginel Wright Barney at the start of each chapter.
The story centers around Dencey who is a young Quaker girl and Jetsam who is a young boy who lives with an Indian woman who is an outcast. We get a good look at Quaker life and their relation with others both within and without their community.
Caroline Dale Snedeker wrote quite a few books for young people including The Forgotten Daughter which was also a Newbery runner-up in 1934. This novel is set in 2nd century Rome. This book is on my to-read list as it is one of 61 Newbery award winners that I haven’t read yet.
There is also a sequel to Downright Dencey that I would like to read. The Beckoning Road covers the travels of Dencey’s family to Indiana where they join the New Harmony utopian community.
I look forward to reading more of her works. Like so many other Newbery award winners, reading this one has added a bunch of new books to my to-read list.
Have you read any of her books?