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Add This - Opal

Written by Opal WhiteleyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Opal Whiteley

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style
  • On Sale: October 3, 1995
  • Price: $11.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-517-88516-1 (0-517-88516-6)
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about this book

These words are taken from the turn-of-the-century diary of an extraordinary six-year-old girl named Opal Whiteley. Orphaned and lonely, she took solace in nature, writing about her vivid inner life with exceptional beauty, sensitivity, and soul. When the diary was discovered in 1920, it became an overnight sensation. Now, almost a century after it was first written, this lyrical, lovely, and deeply touching journal is a beloved American classic.

"Enchanting.... Opal transforms bleak and loveless circumstances into a life-affirming fable."
--The San Francisco Chronicle

"This turn-of-the-century six-year-old's diary presents a vivid portrait of the girl's life: it became a sensation upon its discovery in 1920 and today offers new YA readers a classic.  The poetic-appearing structure of the lines may throw readers who take one look and expect verse; but the special presentation shouldn't detract from its strong message."
--Midwest Book Review

"An authentic quirky American masterpiece. There are few books in American literature with a more curious or intriguing genesis than this."--The Washington Post

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