Monday, March 24, 2014

Tennyson by Lesley M. M. Blume

Have you ever imagined what it would feel like to be abandoned by your mother? Tennyson by Lesley M. M. Blume is about two little girls who struggle to accept the fact that their mother is gone. The author has a very descriptive and unique way of writing that intrigues the reader and makes them want to read more!

It all starts in 1932 during The Great Depression, where the main character Tennyson has to now watch over her little sister Hattie. “All she could think about was the fact that her mother was gone and soon Emery would be gone too and she and Hattie were going to Aigredoux” (12). Emery Tennyson’s father is now obligated to leave them with their Aunt Henrietta so that he can set off to find their mother. Once emery leaves, Tennyson and Hattie learn that their Aunt Henrietta expects them to act like young ladies and not wild children. “A lady never points, snapped Aunt Henrietta” (26).

After being there for quite a while, Zulma Aunt Henrietta’s servant, reveals to Tennyson that the real reason their Aunt wants them there is to save the family’s failing fortunes. Soon after that Tennyson begins to discover the dark hidden secret of Aigredoux. “Suddenly Tennyson sat straight up. She had an idea. Maybe Aigredoux was trying to give her a way to get Sadie back” (82). Although she is caught in a web of history, she cannot help but think of a way to bring her mother back. However, he has to be careful because with her plan it may lead to serious consequences.

Tennyson by Lesley M. M. Blume is a great book! I think that the personalities of the characters are very well developed and it makes the reader curious to see what happens with them. It is very interesting how the book has a mix of history and mystery in it. Any reader that likes a book that keeps them guessing will really enjoy reading this book.


MLA Citation: Blume, Lesley M. M. Tennyson. N.P.: n.p., n.d. print.


I drew Tennyson's aunts house, Aigredoux because the story mainly takes place there. "It has no color, said Tennyson"(23). Once Tennyson arrives she realizes that the house is big, old, and very plain. "This must be a dream, Tennyson thought. They're not answering because they can't hear me"(45). The dreams that Tennyson has are very vivid and every dream allows her to discover the history and hidden mysteries of the house. I think that Aigredoux really adds to the story because a lot of events occur in the house.

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