The Spare Room takes place in Middleton, Vermont in the year 1843. This book is written in first person through the eyes of the main character, Susannah Allen, a young farm girl who writes about her twelfth and thirteenth years in her journal.
As the story goes, Susannah finds herself part of an abolitionist society at her school. It was started by a new girl, Callie, from Boston, and it eventually leads to many exciting events.
The conflict in the story is slavery, which you get to see firsthand when Jacob, a former slave from the south, comes to work on the farm while in the spare room.
I thought The Spare Room was a good book. I liked the way it was written in journal form which showed the close and personal views of all the characters, who were wonderfully portrayed. I enjoyed the perspective of life in that time and being able to see the mindset of the people in 1843. Also it was interesting to see how the Northerners' viewed slavery. All in all, I think it was a good story and a great read for anyone who likes historical fiction.