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My Cousin Rachel
This adaptation of Du Maurier’s book, which I haven’t read, revolves around Read more... )

Adventure on Rainbow Island by Dorothy Clewes
I enjoyed this well enough, considering it was narrated by a sixteen year old chauvinist Read more... )

I've also recently reread The Ambermere Treasure by Malcolm Saville, featuring the Jillies and Standings. I’d bought a second copy by accident, although I can see why I didn’t really remember it. Read more... )
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Heist Society: Ally Carter, Orchard Books 2011

Before my increasing disillusionment with Ally Carter's 'Gallagher Girls' series got really bad, I'd bought a copy of 'Heist Society', the first in another series. Having finished the Gallagher Girls books, it was time to turn to this. I hoped, at least, that she'd written it having learned about what it takes to write a series of books. I can now report that, Read more... )
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Last week, I went away for a few days and these are some of the books that I read then:

The School on the Moor: Angela Brazil

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Reread: A Countess Below Stairs: Eva Ibbotson

(I think I will reread all my Ibbotsons as a project.)

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Penelope’s Prefects: Judith Carr

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Out of Sight, Out of Time: Ally Carter. The Gallagher Girls, Book Five Orchard House 2011 – it looks as if this was published in the UK before the US.

'Everyone was watching, staring, waiting for...something. I wasn't sure what.' (p.24)

Not that I mentioned it in my review of Book Four of this series, but at its end Read more... )
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I’ll post an overview of a few books I’ve read over the holidays eventually, but this post is a look back at 2015, following a tradition started by my first post of 2015 when I said I looked forward to the next adventures of Wells and Wong. Well, Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens (in which the 1930s schoolgirls investigate another mystery, this time in Daisy Wells’s country house home) lived up to my expectations. I enjoyed Kate Saunders’s Beswitched, originally published a few years ago, but taking the reader back to a 1930s boarding school, a fraction more, even. I loved reading Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery and Gail Carriger’s Etiquette & Espionage.

Turning to hadrbacks, I enjoyed The Little Betty Wilkinson by Evelyn Smith, even though I think she’s written better books. I did read a book each by the ‘big four’: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer’s Chudleigh Hold, Sally’s Summer Term by Dorita Fairlie Bruce, Tomboys at the Abbey by Elsie J. Oxenham, which I didn’t review, and For the School Colours by Angela Brazil.

(In the first paragraph, I build up to my favourite and do the opposite in the second.)

Perhaps the best book I read this year was ‘Rose Under Fire’ by Elizabeth Wein, which is wonderful and harrowing, and I feel incapable of writing about it. I also really loved Helena McEwen’s Invisible River.

I reread Katherine L. Oldmeadow’s The Fortunes of Jacky, which stands the test of time, and now I have no more Oldmeadows to reread. I am, obviously, looking out for more by her in all the shops that sell second-hand books! I hope to read the next case Hazel Wong writes up and the second in the Finishing School series, but I expect to read EBD's 'Fardingales' as I have a copy in the depths of my 'to read' pile.
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Diana Takes a Chance: Catherine Christian Blackie
'First appeared a a serial in The Guide under the title of ‘London Venture’.


I actually prefer the title ‘London Venture’ to the more generic and not strictly accurate ‘Diana Takes a Chance.’ Diana Tremaine is Read more... )


For the purposes of tagging, I'm counting the Rangers as coming under the Girl Guides.
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Our Bessie: Rosa N. Carey 1913? The Religious Tract Society

This book doesn’t have a subtitle, but ‘Virtue Rewarded’ wouldn’t be a bad one.

Bessie is Read more... )
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Esther Cameron’s Story: Rosa N. Carey The Office of the Girl’s Own Paper

Subtitled ‘A Tale of Life and Influence’, Read more... )
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The Marigolds Make Good: Catherine Christian

St Bridget’s Guide Company is to be temporarily disbanded is the edict of the school’s new headmistress, Miss Nesbitt. Read more... )
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I did mean to post soon after the Davis Cup weekend, as I'd seen bits of the doubles match and then Murray beating Querrey but never got around to it.

Since then, I've read Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover by Ally Carter, the third book in the Gallagher Girls series. Read more... )

The next book I read will be a girls own one, it's just a matter of choosing one from the pile!
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Happy New Year!

I am home after the Christmas holidays. Determined to travel yesterday, I had to change my travelling plans, but all ended up well.

You know how you notice something and then other examples of it keep cropping up, like buying clothes in a striking colour and then seeing people wear it all the time, well, these holidays, with me, it was books that don’t just have chapter titles, but each page has a relevant heading. I’ve probably got other books that do that, but I hadn’t really noticed them.

In Margery Merton’s Girlhood by Alice Cockran, they include ‘SECRETS AND TENDER THOUGHTS.’ (p25), ‘CRYING AND LAUGHING.’ (p112), and ‘A COLD FAREWELL.’ (p.213). In Miriam’s Ambition by Evelyn Everett-Green, they include ‘A TERRIBLE STORM.' (p26), ‘AT DINNER.’ (p113), and ‘A REWARD FOR BRAVERY.’ (p214)

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I also read the third in Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. Only six months had elapsed since I read the previous book. Requiem for a Mezzo. Read more... )

UPDATE

Nov. 4th, 2013 09:23 pm
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It's been a month and a half since I posted. Eek!

During that period, I've read some books, but haven't had much to say about them. The Worst Fifth on Record by Winifred Norling has a new teacher as a main character. I preferred the school aspects of the story (and it's no The New Mistress at the Chalet School). Gwendoline Courtney's The Grenville Garrison is about a family, but is an adventure story, which I don't think is Courtney's forte, and refers to a Ruritania-like country - Czaravia. I also read Behind the Dragon's Teeth by Monica Marsden, feeling quite envious of the main characters, who were getting the better of an evil gang in the summer while always managing to go for a swim in the sea every afternoon.

I saw a half-hour documentary about the ballerina Sylive Gulliem, which was interesting and made me wish I could see her dance live.
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Some of these books were read within sniffing distance of a beach, at any rate.

Sally at School: Ethel Talbot / Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy: Ally Carter / Going Gangster: M.E. Atkinson )

Yesterday, I finished the wonderful Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, which merits a fuller review, although I don't feel I can write anything that's remotely adequate.
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There were some mysteries: one featuring bored redheaded twins in Rhodesia in Monica Marsden’s A Matter of Clues. The first Rhodesian-set story I’ve read in a while, it's extremely silly. I then read Out of the Past by Patricia Wentworth, a (late) Miss Silver mystery that features many familiar elements, but there is an attempt to reorder them.

There were two family adventures off the Irish coast, both featuring some extraordinary modes of transportation and Irish clichés, plus the handy deaths of some of those Irishmen who were only mourned for a chapter at best. The Golden Galleon by Eileen Heming Read more... )

Then there was Jonquil, Test Pilot by Eileen Marsh, about Jonquil and her brother Jack and sister Belinda, who love flying aeroplanes. Read more... ) This book featured a lot of illustrations, most of which I didn’t like at all.

Then finally, unseasonally, there was The Merryfield Mystery by Marjorie Cleves about a group of schoolgirls, two mistresses and staff who stay behind at their school over the Christmas holidays. They’re snowed in and ‘haunted’. I wished that the whole mystery angle, in which everyone was a part-time ghost hunter and sleuth, had been dropped by the author just to tell the story of how this mixed group had got on and entertained themselves.

Oh dear, that’s a grumpy overview, and the truth is, the fact that I managed to nearly burn three toasts this morning has nothing to do with it. I had a relaxing break! (A fuller review of a book that I enjoyed more will be coming next.)

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