Nancy and Plum


Author: Betty MacDonald

9780099583356 | PB | pp. 288 | 2014 | Vintage

This is a delightful old fashioned Christmas story about two sisters, Nancy and Plum, whose parents died in an accident. Having been put in a boarding house by their uncle, they plan their escape.

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So here we are on Christmas Eve, locked up in rotten Mrs Monday’s boarding house with no presents and no Christmas dinner, while all the other children have gone home for the holidays. I’m Nancy, by the way, and this is my sister Plum. Luckily, we’re both pretty good at making up stories about the adventures and pretty dresses that we’d like to have, and that helps us put up with Mrs Monday and her awful niece Marybelle. But one day, we’re going to escape, and maybe we’ll find a nice home and a family all of our own. Wouldn’t that be just wonderful?


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About the Author

The author was born Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard in Boulder, Colorado, in 1908. The daughter of an engineer, she spent her early years in the mining towns of Idaho, Montana and Mexico. When she was nine, her father took the family – his wife and five children – to Seattle, where Betty lived until shortly after her marriage. Among her books for children are Nancy and Plum, first published in 1952, and the popular American classic series Mrs Piggle-Wiggle.


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