Rebecca Locklear, a twelfth-generation Cape Codder, writes history-focused, interactive, educational books and resources. In her recent book, The Surfman’s Daughter, we journey to a Cape Cod village in Massachusetts to meet Roxane Eldredge in this short-story biography.
Spirited and inquisitive as a child, Roxane tries to be good, but gets into scrapes. From pranks to starting a house fire, things go awry. Yet she also exudes responsibility by trapping skunks and picking cranberries to help with family finances and by volunteering at the Chatham Naval Air Station during World War I. Roxane navigates humorous and serious situations, sparkling with determination.
Each chapter is filled with personal stories that reflect life in the early 1900s when people lived without electricity, provided their own food, and their transportation was by horse or boat. Each chapter in The Surfman’s Daughter concludes with conversation starters and provides students with many hands-on activities. A must-read for all who love to learn about history through literature.