The French Girl by Lisa Lickel


About the Book

Marie Brinker moved to America with her family. Her friends have new ways of dressing and talking, and making crafts. Will the new sewing machines take away her father’s tailoring work? Will Papa like his new quilt instead of his featherbed? When her neighbor Augusta makes a poor choice at the county fair, Marie must decide who is a true friend and what new customs to follow.

Book Excerpt

“Mama, Augusta Beger has sold all her hair!” Henri shouted when he and Marie came home that night when the sky was dark.

“What in the world are you talking about, child?”

“At the fair, Mama!” Henri told her.

“The man gave her four nickels and a beautiful silver comb, so she let him cut it off and take it,” Marie said as stroked her own long hair.

“That’s silly.” Henri pretended to fluff long hair away from his face. “Why would she want a silver comb if she had no hair?”

“That’s not all.” Marie folded her arms and stomped her foot. “When we got home, Augusta showed me her Godey’s Ladies Book where they gave instructions for making jewelry.”

“Hmm.” Mama said. “It’s quite fashionable these days, to make hair brooches. But how did Mrs. Beger let Augusta do such a thing?”

Henri made bug eyes. He pretended he was choking and stuck out his tongue.

“You may wash up and get ready for bed, young man. You’ve had a long day.” Mama sat down with Marie and took her hands. “Marie, my daughter.”

“Yes, Mama.”

“You must never, ever do anything like sell your hair.”

“No, Mama, I wouldn’t,” Marie said. “Mrs. Beger was mad. She went to find the constable. He made the hair buyer leave the grounds. He had already bought hair from six ladies, and the tails of eleven horses.”

Mama turned her face away, but Marie could still see a smile when she asked what else they had seen at the fair.


About the Author

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin author, a freelance editor, an avid reader, blogger, and book reviewer. A complete list of her novels, which often include historical elements, can be found on her website. The French Girl is part of a series of Children’s Historical chapbooks for young readers, ages 8-10. More resources are found on her website.

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