At the Sign of the Star

By Katherine Sturtevant

Characters:

Meg Moore - Only child and soon to be heir to her fathers bookstore and copyrights.

Mrs. Moore - Was a business partner to Meg's father in the bookstore. Died in childbirth four years ago to Meg's younger brother.

Mr. Moore - Owns a bookstore and promises Meg that she will take on his love for books. He also remarrires.

Louis Moore - Younger brother who died at the age of three, due to a fever.

Hester - Meg's bestfriend, who enjoys viewing the stars with Meg.

Susannah - Meg's stepmother, who bears an heir.

Plot Structure:

In seventeenth-century London, twelve year old Meg Moore is happy and content working with her widower father in his bookshop. As an only child, she knows that she will one day take over the shop and have the financial stability to marry whomever she wants. However, Meg's dreams for her future are crushed when her father announces he is remarrying. If her new stepmother, Susannah, has a son, the boy will replace Meg as her father's heir. Also, Susannah is determined to teach Meg how to be a proper lady, which takes Meg away from her passion for books. This forces her to do needlework and learn to cook. If it wasn't for her books and words, Meg would truely be living in a world of hell.

Conflicts:

- Character v. Character: Meg's father remarries, causing emotional grief in the household. She will no longer be able to work with books for the rest of her life. This is due to her stepmother, Susannah, wanting Meg to act as a lady and do ladylike things.


- Character v. Self: After Meg's father marries Susannah, Meg unfortunately realizes that she will no longer be her fathers heir. This is because Susannah will most likely have a boy with Meg's father. She is scared to lose all her knowledge of books, and her fathers bookstore.


- Character v. Self: Meg doesn't know how to politely explain to her stepmother, that she wants to continue dealing with books for the rest of her life. She doesn't want to do ladylike activities such as sewing, cooking, cleaning and staying in the house all day.


Opinion:

I think that this book was actually a good choice to read. It creates a lively historical period when women claimed a new and more active role in London's literary scene. I can relate the most to Meg. When i have a goal or dream that I would like to accomplish, I dont give up on myself. There was nothing about the book that i disliked, and i deffinitely recommend this book and the sequel to mature highschool students.


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