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: Under the Lilacs was first published in 1878. The story is about two girls; Bab and Betty Moss; Miss Celia; a circus runaway, Ben Brown; and his dog Sancho. Bab and Betty decide to have a tea party with their dolls only a strange dog comes and steals their prized cake. The girls discover a circus run-away, Ben Brown, hiding in their play barn. Ben is a horse master, so when the Mosses take Ben in they find him work at a neighbor's house driving cows. Eventually Ben finds out his beloved father is dead. Miss Celia, a neighbor, comforts him and finally offers to let Ben stay with her and her fourteen-year-old brother Thornton. It is then the adventures truly begin!