A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Sara Crewe grew up in India, but at the onset of World War I, her father procured her a place at a very prestigious boarding school in England. Every comfort was provided for her and she was a favorite in the school – until news of her father’s death and subsequent loss of fortune. Orphaned and without a relative in the world, Sara was forced into servitude for her upkeep. Unwanted and mistreated by the headmistress, Miss Minchin, Sara learns how to keep hope alive.
A Little Princess is a wonderful illustration of how imagination can magically sustain hope in the direst of situations. A good read for any age
Burnett, Frances Hodgson, and Margery Gill. A Little Princess. Puffin Books, 2019.