Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, by Sharon Biggs Waller


The story: Elodie’s father is a rare plant hunter, and she longs to be able to go adventuring with him. When Papa fails to fulfill his contract to bring home a rare orchid, his employer threatens debtors’ prison unless he makes good. But Papa refuses to take her with him, although he’s too sick to go alone–so she stows away on that slow boat to China, where she masquerades as a boy, and then as a wife, and finally finds true love in the rainforests of the Far East. (And orchids too!)

Mrs. Friend’s opinion:  Looking for a romance in an exotic location, with a heroine who fights the helpless female stereotype of the time?  Then check this one out!


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