The House Under the Hill Author:Florence Crannell Means In this brilliant novel for older girls, Florence Crannell Means tells the story of a heroine as modern as tomorrow's headlines in a setting rich with the romance and history of the past. To Elena Trujillo nothing has changed in the tiny adobe village of Mirador since her Spanish ancestors first settled there centuries ago. Elena longs to get ... more »away from the quiet house where her grandparents live and find a glamorous job in Pueblo as her brother and the handsome Natan Ortega did.
Just as she sees a way through the barriers which have kept her from the thrills of city life, Elena's dreeams of freedom are dashed by an accident in which her grandmother is injured. Like many girls, she is forced to build something important out of life in her home village, and the courage with which she tackles the job makes her story an unusually satisfying one.
Through understanding her neighbors and their problems Elena is able to give Mirador something it never had before--a health clinic with trained doctors and nurses. And, to her surprise, Elena also finds that love as well as life can sometimes be found near home.« less