By Lindsay Eland
Egmont USA, 2009
Audience: Younger Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf
This book was adorable. Polly tried so hard to talk like Anne or Elizabeth. I'm surprised people in her life were so patient with that. I am an older sister, so I probably would have reacted the same way that Polly's older sister did -- not so patiently. I saw hints of other Austen novels besides Pride and Prejudice in the story. Of course, Polly's relationship meddling is similar to Emma. The relationship between the sisters reminded me of Sense and Sensibility, also. Just a cute, fun read, especially if you're a fan of L.M. Montgomery or Austen.
Seek tirelessly and you shall not find a contemporary heroine of middle-grade literature as refined and romantic as Miss Polly Madassa. Still swooning over the romantic conclusions of Pride & Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables, twelve-year-old Polly decides her purpose in life: helping along lonely hearts in search of love. Polly's only task this summer is to make deliveries for her parents' bakery, leaving ample time for this young cupid to find hearts to mend--beginning with the kite-store owner, Mr. Nightquist, who will pair perfectly with Miss Wiskerton (the unfairly labeled town curmudgeon). Polly's best friend Fran Fisk is in desperate need of a mother ever since hers ran off with a man she met on the Internet; Polly must find a match for Mr. Fisk. And while she's at it, it wouldn't hurt to find Clementine, Polly's teenaged sister, a beau worthy of her (so she can shed that brute, Clint). Polly's plans are in full swing, so she definitely cannot be bothered by the advances of classmate Brad Barker.
But maybe Polly should have turned her attention to Miss Austen's Emma next, because she quickly learns the pitfalls of playing matchmaker. How will Polly patch up her own relationships, while ensuring that destined love can take its course?