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Thirteen-year-old Louisa recounts how the visit of her suffragette aunt changed the lives of her family and the whole town.


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Thirteen-year-old Louisa recounts how the visit of her suffragette aunt changed the lives of her family and the whole town.

41 review for Hail Columbia (Historical Fiction for Teens: Illustrated Edition)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Chapter 1: My Sainted Maiden Aunt. Enter Columbia, neither sainted (she's a suffragette - GASP) nor maiden (she married, without telling her brother's family or - GASP - taking her husband's name). And that sort of humor carries through the book. Columbia gets off the boat at Astoria with two children (GASP) and proceeds to scandalize the town with her views, her arrest record, and her proclivity for brightening corners, beginning with the Finns and the Chinese workers, and ending her year-long Chapter 1: My Sainted Maiden Aunt. Enter Columbia, neither sainted (she's a suffragette - GASP) nor maiden (she married, without telling her brother's family or - GASP - taking her husband's name). And that sort of humor carries through the book. Columbia gets off the boat at Astoria with two children (GASP) and proceeds to scandalize the town with her views, her arrest record, and her proclivity for brightening corners, beginning with the Finns and the Chinese workers, and ending her year-long stay with the town's criminal element. Hail Columbia involves the town shunning the Baines's aunt and then joining her, piano lessons, new dresses, and a nomination for mayor. Then, of course, it closes in grand style with a death threat. It's ridiculous and funny and a barrel of laughs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This story is set in Oregon in 1893. Aunt Columbia Baines arrives at the home of her brother for a year long rest and soon she has the household and then the entire town turned upside-down. First of all, she has in tow two children, whom she calls the Pettigrews. Her brother's family did not know that she had married and had children and was now a widow but shockingly, she kept her maiden name! Worse, Columbia Baines is one of those suffragettes and she actually knows and corresponds with the fa This story is set in Oregon in 1893. Aunt Columbia Baines arrives at the home of her brother for a year long rest and soon she has the household and then the entire town turned upside-down. First of all, she has in tow two children, whom she calls the Pettigrews. Her brother's family did not know that she had married and had children and was now a widow but shockingly, she kept her maiden name! Worse, Columbia Baines is one of those suffragettes and she actually knows and corresponds with the famous women in the movement: Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stoner, and Victoria Woodhull Martin. Aunt Columbia takes on causes like treatment of the Finns, the Chinese, and then tackles ridding the town of their mob-type district. Narrated by her niece, Louisa Baines, this amusing story is fast-paced and entertaining.

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Once again, Patricia Beatty writes a great read.

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  38. 4 out of 5

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