The Cinder Pond

Read by Betsie Bush

(4.9 stars; 27 reviews)

Years ago, a manufacturer built a great dock, jutting out from and then turning parallel to the shore of a northern Michigan town. The factory was abandoned, and following the habits of small towns, the space between the dock and the shore became "The Cinder Pond." Jean started life in the colony of squatters that came to live in the shanties on the dock, but fortune, heroism, and a mystery combine to change her fortunes and those of her friends near the Cinder Pond. (Advertising material from the publisher, 1915)

More than one girl who reads this story will envy Jeanne her queer little home out on the end of the old dock in Lake Superior. It must indeed have been a fascinating place to live, but Jeanne's father, a gentleman himself, wanted her to grow up to be a lady, so she was sent away to be trained and educated among strangers. They were her own relatives, but they could never be anything but strangers to her, for they had no love in their hearts for the little girl who had come to make a home with them. Only her grandfather learned to love her, for she filled a bright place in his lonely life, and the story tells how he showed his feeling for her and how she was able to go back to Cinder Pond to help her little stepbrothers and -sisters. (Book Review Digest, vol. 11, 1916)

An interesting story of a little French girl, who lived with her step-family on a dock near the Cinder Pond and who after several trying experiences finds a good home and real joy in helping care for her several step-brothers and sisters. Though reason for the marriage of Jeannette's father to a shiftless, but kindly Irish woman is unnecessarily emphasized, the story is a very usable one, stamped with Jeanne's friendliness and sincerity. (The Booklist, vol 12, Oct. 1915--July, 1916) (5 hr 17 min)


01 - The Accident 13:33 Read by Betsie Bush
02 - Part of the Truth 11:19 Read by Betsie Bush
03 - Jeannette's Queer Family 12:08 Read by Betsie Bush
04 - What Was In an Old Trunk 13:41 Read by Betsie Bush
05 - The Sewing Lesson 12:06 Read by Betsie Bush
06 - Mollie 13:02 Read by Betsie Bush
07 - A Matter of Coats 10:58 Read by Betsie Bush
08 - A Shopping Expedition 9:27 Read by Betsie Bush
09 - The Flight 13:37 Read by Betsie Bush
10 - The Arrival 13:18 Read by Betsie Bush
11 - A New Life 12:56 Read by Betsie Bush
12 - A Helpful Grandfather 10:42 Read by Betsie Bush
13 - Banished Friends 10:12 Read by Betsie Bush
14 - At Four A.M. 11:44 Read by Betsie Bush
15 - Allen Rossiter 13:32 Read by Betsie Bush
16 - An Old Album 12:44 Read by Betsie Bush
17 - A Lonely Summer 14:21 Read by Betsie Bush
18 - A Thunderbolt 13:24 Read by Betsie Bush
19 - With the Rossiters 8:50 Read by Betsie Bush
20 - A Missing Family 13:52 Read by Betsie Bush
21 - Old Captain's News 11:52 Read by Betsie Bush
22 - Roger's Razor 9:57 Read by Betsie Bush
23 - A New Friend For Jeanne 11:07 Read by Betsie Bush
24 - Mollie's Babies 11:44 Read by Betsie Bush
25 - The House of Dreams 9:54 Read by Betsie Bush
26 - A Padlocked Door 9:20 Read by Betsie Bush
27 - The Pink Present 8:39 Read by Betsie Bush


The Best!

(5 stars)

I don't know why I am so surprised at how well I liked this story, but it is way more fun than the description. A little tragic in parts, but the ending is great!

Lovely story

(3.5 stars)

A sad but enjoyable story with a wonderfully happy ending. The reader was terrific, although the audio quality wasn't consistent.


(5 stars)

great reader a good "simply sweet" story

(5 stars)

Wonderful and expressive reader! Very enjoyable book!


(5 stars)

Very cute story. Very nicely written.

Such a sweet story read beautifully!

(5 stars)