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The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Kindle Edition

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Length: 240 pages Word Wise: Enabled Optimised for larger screens
Age Level: 10 - 12 Grade Level: 5 - 7
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23785 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (23 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Mr. Lee Cronin on 7 April 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My girlfriend said she liked this book. One thing she mentioned was how it was nice to hear about their brother who is rarely mentioned usually. For a more complete review of the book itself, I recommend reading another review. I just wanted to add that small note about the brother.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The sad story of the Bronte Sisters 25 Sept. 2012
By BrianB - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I didn't know that this was a book aimed at young people when I started reading. I was surprised by the clean, spare prose, the skillful narration, and the vivid portraits of the Bronte family that I encountered. When I realized this was published as part of the children's book group, I thought that adult authors could learn a lot from reading this. It is a delight.

There are multiple biographies on the Bronte's as individuals, and as a family, so this does not break new ground. Nevertheless, it tells their story with direct and sympathetic prose, in a manner that completely captivated me. I knew the story in outline from my dim and distant literature classes, but Catherine Reef brings them to life in a way my English teachers never did. This would be an excellent introduction to the Bronte family for anyone who might be interested in literature and history, and especially for younger readers (age 12 and up) who are just getting into the world of ideas.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Well done biography for young adult audience 22 Nov. 2014
By Maggie Knapp - Published on
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Mid-teens looking for a readable family biography need look no further. Author Catherine Reef focuses on Charlotte, Emily and Anne, with a healthy dose of Branwell and their father, the Reverend, as well. Two other Bronte daughters did not survive their teen years, and Reverend Bronte outlived all his offspring -- they were claimed by tuberculosis, the effects of hard living, and in Charlotte's case an unknown illness. None of six children lived to see 40 years. Though they grew up in a time when women were expected to stay home and raise families, three of the Bronte daughters quietly broke with tradition without openly scorning it in public.

Reef inserts illustrations and artwork every few pages, including family drawings, photos of typical scenes in the Bronte's time, book illustrations and movie stills. At 226 pages, including endnotes and index, this is a rather quick and very enjoyable read on its own merits, and would serve as a starting point for students researching Anne, Emily, Charlotte or Branwell, or the Bronte family in general.

As an aside: I had no idea how pervasive and deadly tuberculosis has been in human history. Teen readers interested in that topic should look at INVINCIBLE MICROBE by Jim Murphy. A fascinating book for roughly the same audience, with great writing and many interesting illustrations and photos.

About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: purchased for the library
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A fine brief collective biography of the Brontes 16 Sept. 2012
By Steven Peterson - Published on
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The title of the book refers to the three Bronte sisters--but it also touches upon the short tragic life of their talented brother--Branwell. I was not that familiar with the lives of the sisters--although I did know that their lives burned brightly as authors and ended far too early.

For me, this book fills in the blanks of their lives nicely. We see their lives traced from their birth to their (tragically early) deaths. Each of the three sisters wrote at least one impressive novel. They had begun writing much earlier, when they were quite young. As they grew up, they continued and deepened their commitment to writing. They went by the nom de plume of Bell--each with a different first name. They assumed male personae, given that the times were not favorable toward women authors (although, as the work noted, there were exceptions).

The volume describes their efforts to make a living, their home base with their father, the effects of living where they did.

All in all, we get a good introduction to their lives and their works. I, for one, found this a very nice work, albeit rather brief.

The book is 190 pages long, but the type is rather large and the spacing between lines rather large. On the other hand, the content was most helpful to me, and I think that for those who want a well written introduction to the lives of the Bronte sisters (and family), this will suffice nicely.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Three Amazing Sisters 5 Sept. 2012
By Irish - Published on
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I've read the Brontes and Wuthering Heights remains one of my very favorite books. I learned much about the lives of the sisters from this biography and thought them to be what I already knew - extraordinary woman. They managed to break free from the mold of Victorian times to become authors using manly names, as women writers were frowned upon and expected to stay home and learn needlepoint or go away to care for other people's obnoxious children.

There are a great deal of pictures in this book that cover what the family looked like and views of places they visited and lived and there is a lot of poetry sprinkled throughout the pages adding a little more depth to what is already known about them. I know that there are limited details as to their day to day lives, and this book points to their comings and goings to schools and some jobs, and naturally talks of their untimely deaths. There is also a good deal about Branwell Bronte in this book which I found extremely interesting. While the girls looked to find ways to make women rise above what was merely expected of them, their brother floundered and sought solace in drugs and booze and could not find his place in society.

I wish that the book had an appeal that would make a 12 year old pick it up. I know my older daughter did read Jane Eyre in 8th grade and though she didn't understand it thoroughly, it opened the gates to the classics. She's gone on to read Jane Eyre a number of times, and she may have been interested in this biography, but my youngest who is twelve, would probably not pick this book up and sadly does not know her Brontes from her elbow, so I am not sure it would grab her attention. This is an informative book, but for today's kids, it may not have the pop needed to grab the attention of middle school aged kids, but I enjoyed for a quick jaunt into the short lives of the incredible Bronte sisters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very educational 19 Oct. 2012
By J B - Published on
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"Jane Eyre" is one of my favourite classical works of literature, but I really didn't know much about the woman behind the book. This bio covers the lives of Charlotte and her sisters and brother; I found it really interesting and read it straight through in one afternoon. There are some pictures scattered throughout to show places and people mentioned in the story.

I recommend this highly. It has a lot to say not only about the sisters, but also about the times in which they lived and how their experiences shaped the outcome of their lives and the things they wrote about.
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