The Cinder Pond

Carroll Watson Rankin (1864 - 1945)

Years ago, a manufacturer built a great dock, jutting out from and then turning parallel to the shore of a northern Michigan town. The factory was abandoned, and following the habits of small towns, the space between the dock and the shore became "The Cinder Pond." Jean started life in the colony of squatters that came to live in the shanties on the dock, but fortune, heroism, and a mystery combine to change her fortunes and those of her friends near the Cinder Pond. (Advertising material from the publisher, 1915)

More than one girl who reads this story will envy Jeanne her queer little home out on the end of the old dock in Lake Superior. It must indeed have been a fascinating place to live, but Jeanne's father, a gentleman himself, wanted her to grow up to be a lady, so she was sent away to be trained and educated among strangers. They were her own relatives, but they could never be anything but strangers to her, for they had no love in their hearts for the little girl who had come to make a home with them. Only her grandfather learned to love her, for she filled a bright place in his lonely life, and the story tells how he showed his feeling for her and how she was able to go back to Cinder Pond to help her little stepbrothers and -sisters. (Book Review Digest, vol. 11, 1916)

An interesting story of a little French girl, who lived with her step-family on a dock near the Cinder Pond and who after several trying experiences finds a good home and real joy in helping care for her several step-brothers and sisters. Though reason for the marriage of Jeannette's father to a shiftless, but kindly Irish woman is unnecessarily emphasized, the story is a very usable one, stamped with Jeanne's friendliness and sincerity. (The Booklist, vol 12, Oct. 1915--July, 1916)

Genre(s): Family

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - The Accident Betsie Bush
Play 02 02 - Part of the Truth Betsie Bush
Play 03 03 - Jeannette's Queer Family Betsie Bush
Play 04 04 - What Was In an Old Trunk Betsie Bush
Play 05 05 - The Sewing Lesson Betsie Bush
Play 06 06 - Mollie Betsie Bush
Play 07 07 - A Matter of Coats Betsie Bush
Play 08 08 - A Shopping Expedition Betsie Bush
Play 09 09 - The Flight Betsie Bush
Play 10 10 - The Arrival Betsie Bush
Play 11 11 - A New Life Betsie Bush
Play 12 12 - A Helpful Grandfather Betsie Bush
Play 13 13 - Banished Friends Betsie Bush
Play 14 14 - At Four A.M. Betsie Bush
Play 15 15 - Allen Rossiter Betsie Bush
Play 16 16 - An Old Album Betsie Bush
Play 17 17 - A Lonely Summer Betsie Bush
Play 18 18 - A Thunderbolt Betsie Bush
Play 19 19 - With the Rossiters Betsie Bush
Play 20 20 - A Missing Family Betsie Bush
Play 21 21 - Old Captain's News Betsie Bush
Play 22 22 - Roger's Razor Betsie Bush
Play 23 23 - A New Friend For Jeanne Betsie Bush
Play 24 24 - Mollie's Babies Betsie Bush
Play 25 25 - The House of Dreams Betsie Bush
Play 26 26 - A Padlocked Door Betsie Bush
Play 27 27 - The Pink Present Betsie Bush