Nancy and Plum, by Betty MacDonald

Nancy and Plum live in horrible Mrs. Monday’s Boarding House, dreaming about their uncle who sent them there after their parent’s deaths. Every day they hope he may save them from their miserable lodgings. Little do they know how little their uncle knows or cares for children.

The poor orphans live with all the other children whose parents dumped them at Mrs. Monday’s, wanting to be rid of them. This story follows the two sister’s who try to make life a little easier for all the abandoned kids while scheming to one day escape and start again with new parents.


I can’t remember exactly how long ago it was that I received this book with a whole box full of others (it was a long time ago), and it took me even longer to actually pick up the book to read it. Let me tell you, I loved it! I went back and read it again with my sister, who liked it even more than I did.

It is quite funny, a lot of good, funny dialogue and interesting predicaments. It was a good read-aloud, and some of the side characters were really memorable. My sister and I still to this day laugh about the ‘evil’ Sunday school teacher, Miss Gronk.

The only complaint I have about this book is that the beginning and end were a little extreme. The story begins with them out in the cold, complaining about not having any parents and being hungry (which was a little over the top), and the end is just dripping with sweetness that makes you feel a little sick, like when you have just one piece of candy too much. All in all, this is a children’s book and if it hadn’t been that way it might not have been as satisfying for the kids who wanted to see justice done.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Violence: 1/10

Language: 0/10 (although there was quite a lot of name-calling)

Inappropriateness/Romance: 0/10

Audience: Ages 7 and up


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