Set in New York in the early 1900s, Melissa Across the Fence begins with an enchanting description of the grand house next door. “In the rear, a lawn ran right back to the fence broken only by a narrow gravel walk and with a stone fountain directly in the middle. In the spring and summer, water bubbled up in the fountain basin in jets of flying spray…. But there was one strange thing about the house that puzzled Melissa: nobody ever seemed to live in it.” However, that soon changes when the shut-up house becomes occupied and Melissa sees a mysterious, pale-looking boy always looking out his window. Who is he? Why does he never come outside? Melissa finds out by writing a message on her chalkboard and holding it up outside the boy’s window. A sweet story of friendship ensues, sprinkled with gentle adventure.
“One of the best ways to form noble, beautiful character and writing skills in a child is to give the child books that are noble and beautiful—books like Melissa Across the Fence. We are proud to be bringing back literature by Augusta Huiell Seaman—a well-loved, gifted author who published over 40 books for children.”—Jenny Phillips