Yes, yes, I’ve been milking this ‘memory lane’ book theme for a bit too long, but forgive me just one more post! I’d be remiss if I neglected a lesser-known YA series that I loved: The Girls of Canby Hall. This series was published from 1984-1989, and I remember buying several of these titles through the cult for kiddie book-worms known as Scholastic Fliers.
If memory serves, and I may be hazy on some details, the series told of three diverse girls who attended boarding school in the northeast. (Not cliche or anything, right?) Faith hailed from Washington, DC and her father died in the line of duty as a police officer. Shelly was the farm girl from Iowa, a bit awkward and out-of-place around her East Coast roomies. Dana was the uber-chic New York City girl from a broken home.
I identified most closely with Dana–not because I was a fashion plate (unless pairing plaids and stripes was in fashion)–but because she lived in Manhattan, a short ride from my house in New Jersey. I had been to New York and could relate to it. I had no schema of Iowa farm life or surviving the ‘mean streets’ of Washington, DC.
The only partial storyline that I remember is one in which Dana and Faith travel to Iowa to meet Shelly’s family. Each girl brings a gift–I only remember that Dana brought a designer scarf that Shelly’s mom has no idea what to do with. Though I can’t tell you much more about the series, I can tell you that the book covers make me wax nostalgic for my youth!
Why do I feel like the only person that ever read this series? Am I alone on the Canby Hall island?