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Mary Emma & Company by Ralph Moody
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Mary Emma & Company (original 1961; edition 1994)

by Ralph Moody (Author)

Series: Little Britches (4)

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Ralph "Little Britches" Moody at age 13 moves with his mother, Mary Emma, and 5 siblings "back East" to begin a new life. They survive their first bleak winter in Massachusetts through the help of close relatives and caring friends. Money and prospects are few, but not faith and resourcefulness. Despite their efforts they face run-ins with local authorities, hardships including broken furnaces and plumbing, and difficulty keeping a small family business alive so they can have food to eat. Triumph over the challenges the Moody home is filled with a warm family life.

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Info:Bison Books (1994), Edition: Reprint, 235 pages
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Mary Emma & Company by Ralph Moody (1961)

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The fifth book in Moody's autobiographical series is the lightest one yet. The family has moved back east, and needs to make a living- not unlike what they needed to do in Colorado. This time, though, it's a tad more uneventful- and the illustrative stories are just a bit weak. I found the parts about Ralph getting his name written down in the "bad boy book" by the police to be interesting, and I wonder how his memory colored that- was there, in fact, such a book, and if so, could it have been so unfair? There were warm and wonderful passages, of course- but this book could have been twice as long and I would have liked more analysis of their situation and less sledding. On its own, it would probably be a 4 star book, but as part of the series, I'm knocking it down one by comparison. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Wow, what a strong and faithful mother - and what a great community where people look out for each other and will pitch in and help without being asked. Mr. Moody has a clear, straightforward, enjoyable voice and it gets better with each book. ( )
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Ralph "Little Britches" Moody at age 13 moves with his mother, Mary Emma, and 5 siblings "back East" to begin a new life. They survive their first bleak winter in Massachusetts through the help of close relatives and caring friends. Money and prospects are few, but not faith and resourcefulness. Despite their efforts they face run-ins with local authorities, hardships including broken furnaces and plumbing, and difficulty keeping a small family business alive so they can have food to eat. Triumph over the challenges the Moody home is filled with a warm family life.

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