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I wanted to get in one non-tennis post!

Secrets at St Jude’s – Drama Girl: Carmen Reid Corgi Books 2010

As I read the first half of this book, the third in the series, I was planning Read more... )
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Dimsie and the Jane Willard Foundation (The Dimsie short stories): Dorita Fairlie Bruce, Girls Gone By, 2011

I first came across Dorita Fairlie Bruce via the Springdale books, and until I bought this collection, I owned an equal amount of Dimsie and Springdale books. If I ever do get a complete collection of the Dimsie books, I should probably read them in order!

Anyway, this is a complete collection of the stories about Dimsie and her school written by Fairlie Bruce for various annuals. They are Read more... )
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Torridons’ Triumph: Marie Muir Collins 1967

This is the first book by Muir that I’ve read – I think there were others by her in the shop where I saw this, but I decided to just buy one as a taster – and it was a really enjoyable and satisfying story. It falls into that sub-genre where a family of youngsters must band together to make enough money to keep the family going. Here, Read more... )
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Sally’s Summer Term: Dorita Fairlie Bruce. Blackie 1961.

You mustn’t grumble when you get what you wished for! This is a moral for me, not from the story. After reading quite a few girls own books where the main character is a new girl, remarkable in some way, I wanted a story about an established schoolgirl. Here is one – the third, I believe, in the Sally series, which I haven’t come across before, although I have Springdale and Dimsie books, and, indeed, the one where they cross over.

So, Read more... )
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The Vintage Girl: Hester Browne Quercus 2014

I bought this because I have some sympathy with someone who has a weakness for old collectibles, a tendency I’ve mostly squashed in myself, except when it comes to books. Anyway, I understood some of heroine Evie’s foibles, Read more... )

(The books was earlier published in the USA under the title Swept off her Feet.)
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Secrets at St Jude’s – Jealous Girl: Carmen Reid. Corgi, 2009

I used the word 'breezy' to describe the first book in the Secrets at St Jude's series, New Girl reviewed here and the same word came to mind for its sequel. Read more... )

Polished at 29/7/14.
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Although Scotland is in the British news big time, this isn't a timely post! I reread this book over the Christmas holidays and had hoped to post this review sooner.

The School on the Loch: Angela Brazil. Blackie (from the inscription, published in 1961 or earlier)

'First days at a new school are always a toss-up. You’ll setle down among them before long. Cheer up!' (p43) )
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How the Girl Guides Won the War: Janie Hampton Harper Press 2010
Read over July and August 2011

The war in question is the second world war, and while the book itself doesn’t really bear out the claim of the title, it does show the extremely important role that Guiding played during that period in Great Britain, the Channel Islands, Continental resistance movements, internment camps on the other side of the world and afterwards. It’s woven together from all kinds of sources – the most gripping are usually the words of the girls and women themselves, either recorded at the time or speaking with hindsight. Read more... )
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The Battle of Wednesday Week: Barbara Willard Puffin 1968

I might well have a different reaction to this book if I weren’t reading it for the first time as an adult in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Read more... )
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I got a chance to go into a proper, if tiny, second-hand bookshop over the weekend. I don’t recall whether I’ve written about thi particular shop before here or not. It’s the sort of shop where you have to be willing to devote time to searching and even literally kneel down if you’re a children’s book collector or, er, a bookish child. I had a bit of a misanthropic spell there. I’d like to say it was idiot holiday-makers who clearly only went into bookshops when they came across them unexpectedly out of the daily run, but it was people in general. It was mainly the lack of space, books are essentially in piles, three deep in one small room. I scattered some piles about three times and got stepped upon.

Still, I got all of the books that I’m going to discuss next (and more) there:

The Adventurous Rebel: Eileeen Graham. C&J Temple, 1949?.

This is a historical adventure for older girls. I am getting tired of the way early twentieth century children’s writers automatically side with the Royalists (oh those gay cavaliers!) all the time. Read more... )

I then read (an overpriced copy given the edition and its condition)

Still Glides the Stream: DE Stevenson. Fontana, 1965.Will Hastie returns to the Borders having stayed in the army after the second world war, but, now in his mid thirties, he means to settle and make a go of things at home. He grew up with the family next door, almost counting Rae his brother and Patty his sister, but Rae died in the war, leaving his parents broken and hopeless. Patty now has a fiancée, who should help her, but Will - unaccountably doesn’t like him. A telling picnic gone wrong shows Patty that she doesn’t like him that much either, but Will has gone off to investigate a mystery thrown up by an enigmatic message from Rae that arrived after news of his death. In the south of France, where Rae died, Will discovers that his friend found and married a beautiful Frenchwoman, and she bore him a son, Tom, in many ways Rae to the life again. Will eventually brings them home, where Tom heals his grandparents and Patty feels she should be happier than she is. It's all very gentle, and I liked it more than I did the last Stevenson that I read, although I was in some anxiety that Stevenson would pair off the ‘right' couple (to my mind), something she doesn’t always do.

This book loosely follows up Amberwell and Summerhills with a visit there that reminded me of people visiting Rosamund’s castle in the Abbey series. I read Amberwell when I was too young to grasp it, really. I wanted it to be more of a book about children and their big house than it was, and then it was a long time after when I read Summerhills.

The Treasure of the Trevellyans: Doris Pocock The Commonwealth Library 2 Ward lock 1959

is a perfectly fine family adventure book about the large brood of an impecunious if well regarded artist who inherits the family seat. Given what the weather is like these days, I like that Pocock does not give them a wonderful Cornish summer. It rains. A lot. Read more... )
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Dimsie Carries On: Dorita Fairlie Bruce Oxford University Press

This is my post about buying the Dimises I've been reading and reviewing of late. (Tes, it can easily take over six months between the purchase of a book and the reading of it in my world.) Closer scrutiny has shown that I've got reprints, so there must have been other dust jackets originally. Even closer scrutiny (ie the dust jacket breaking up somewhat) has revealed that it's two sided, the other side was a dust jacket for another book entirely (Adventure for Two by Elsie J. Oxenham). I don't think I've come across that before!

To the book )
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I've arranged to volunteer at a charity shop for a few days over the next fortnight. The opportunity to do volunteering work arose and this was one of the options, and certainly the one I was most excited about. Yes, in part it is because I hope to get first look at the books that are donated, although I'm not sure how realistic an ambition that is. At the least, it's going to be an insight into the trading side of charity shops. I've spent many an hour kneeling down by the bargain box, tilting my head an squinting to see if there's something that I want between copies of the latest book to be given away for free by a magazine. (At the moment, I am extremely glad that I paid less than a quid for my copy of Patricia Wentworth's 'The Clock Struck Twelve'.

Castle Secrets by Jean Seivwright, Nelson, Triumph Series.

I've added a new tag, the 07 Hay haul, which I'm still working through. (I've been alternating them with adult books and got distracted by Harry Potters). It wasn't intentional, but a lot of them seem to be older girls' stories - Diana and the two eldest Phillimores had left school, the heroine of The Honour of the School is in the sixth, and the heroine of Adventure in the West is a 'teenager' rather than a child. I want a fourth form story next!!!

Read more... )


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