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Mary Cary, Frequently Martha by Kate Langley Bosher is a charming little book about a little orphan girl called Mary Cary, who calles her other – more outspoken- side Martha. Mary Cary lives in an Orphan Asylum and entrusts her thoughts and her adventures to her diary.

Here are the first few lines of the first chapter:

Mary Cary, Frequently Martha (taken from PG)My name is Mary Cary. I live in the Yorkburg Female Orphan Asylum. You may think nothing happens in an Orphan Asylum. It does. The orphans are sure enough children, and real much like the kind that have Mothers and Fathers; but though they don’t give parties or wear truly Paris clothes, things happen, and that’s why I am going to write this story.

To-day I was kept in. Yesterday, too. I don’t mind, for I would rather watch the lightning up here than be down in the basement with the others. There are days when I love thunder and lightning. I can’t flash and crash, being just Mary Cary; but I’d like to, and when it is done for me it is a relief to my feelings… (taken from Project Gutenberg)

Mary Cary, frequently Martha is one of the most charming books ever, but getting it read to you makes it even more enchanting. I’ve had the good fortune to prooflisten for Jan, who’s made the book come alive for me! In fact she’s got me hooked from the first word to the last! 😀

Everybody who wants to know who this wonderful book ends, can find the LibriVox recording of it here!


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