Maria’s Story: 1773
The death of her father turns nine-year-old Maria Rand’s world upside down. When her mother should be teaching her the skills needed to become a colonial housewife, Clementine Rand must instead publish one of Williamsburg, Virginia’s two newspapers. Maria wants to help, but her reading and writing skills are poor and she must care for her younger brothers and cook for the family. While she strives to do those tasks, she worries about the colonists’ reactions to her mother’s writings, the estate auction, and her mother losing the government printing contract.
Part of the Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans series, this is a fictionalized account of Maria Rand and her family, who actually lived in Williamsburg. Nixon, an acclaimed children’s author, does a commendable job of accurately depicting colonial life from a child’s perspective and breathing life into a person overlooked by history. In addition, she provides details of what happened to each member of the Rand family and includes factual information about Williamsburg, colonial childhood, and eighteenth-century printing.