This is the timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp. Elnora attends school against her mother’s wishes, fighting every inch of the way for her dream of an education, and collects and sells moths from the swamp to pay for her education. At first a laughingstock among her fellow students, Elnora persists against unfair odds, and asserts her true self.
This is one of my favorite books! I have re-read it every couple of years since I first read it at age fourteen. While the book’s language and setting might seem old-fashioned to some, the themes and plot are timeless. Set in the early 20th century, it is a sweet coming of age story filled with fascinating facts about nature. The characters are memorable and help bring this story to life. Even the grown-up Freckles (another great read) makes an appearance. The reverence for creativity, hard work, and moral standards are refreshing. This book is perfect for a girl in her teens- an innocently romantic tale that focuses a on girl’s discovery of her own identity. Girls (and women) today will relate to Elnora’s struggles and be inspired by this ageless classic.