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When Mischief Came to Town

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Girl shakes up Danish island in heartfelt outsider tale.

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Inge Maria isn't the first independent-minded tween orphan to brighten up a cheerless town, but fans of young outsider tales will love sharing this trip to 1911 Denmark with her. Think Heidi, Pollyanna, or Anne of Green Gables. Some things about the story may be jarring to today's kids, from adults slapping kids to orphaned kids being homeless and reduced to stealing food, but along with many other details, they lead to some interesting discussion about how things are -- and aren't -- different today.

Consistent with the times, some of the heartfelt sentiments and discussions, especially those dealing with loss and grief, may strike some readers as old-fashioned and preachy, but they are considerably lightened by Inge's antics and her connection with kindred spirits.

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