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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... )
feather_ghyll: drawing of a girl from the 1920s reading a book in a bed/on a couch (Twenties girl reader)
The Smiths of Silver Lane: Ethel Talbot Nelson (my copy is inscribed 1933)

As the title suggests, this is a family story. We gradually get introduced to the Smiths: Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Back of girl whose gloved hand is holding on to her hat. (Girl in a hat)
Daisy: Susan Warner, Miles & Miles

This is a case where a book didn’t turn out to be quite what I expected. My copy has gold blocks on its front cover and spine and the very type shouts out that from the late nineteenth century. I’d never heard of it or the author, Susan Warnerm before, but presumed it was in the Rosa N. Carey, E. Everett-Green vein. It isn’t quite.

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feather_ghyll: Photograph of L M Montgomery at the seaside (L M Montgomery)
I feel I must preface this post as it’s about an American book that references women’s suffrage by saying that I read ‘Daddy Long-Legs’ at the end of October, but hadn’t been able to finish this review until now.

Daddy Long Legs: Jean Webster, Hodder & Stoughton

When I went to see the musical adaptation of this book (four years ago, EEK!), I realised that I couldn’t find my copy of ‘Daddy Long-Legs’ (a paperback edition, with an image of Judy in her gingham dress on the cover, possibly on a swing, I think). I still haven’t found it. So, when I came across a hardback copy, I decided to buy it. I have the original cast recording of the musical, so it’s been kept fresh in my mind, but I ought to be able to revisit the original easily.

It was good to return to the book and find that Read more... )
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The Lark in the Morn: Elfrida Vipont Oxford University Press 1959

I had vaguely heard of this book and had the impression that it was well thought of, having read it, I agree, Read more... )
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Olive Roscoe or The New Sister: E. Everett-Green, Nelson

The first two chapters of this book left me going ‘Blimey.’ In those chapters, Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Boat with white sail on water (Sailboat adventure)
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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Arsenic for Tea: Robin Stevens, Corgi, 2015

The second Wells and Wong mystery and sequel to Murder Most Unladylike is set at Fallingford, Daisy’s home – I suppose another murder at Deepdean school really would have led to its closure – where Hazel is holidaying and observing upper-class English life at close quarters. For Daisy’s fourteenth birthday, there is going to be a party, but, as we know from the outset of the book, it is going to be marred by murder.

Stevens is therefore tackling the country house murder mystery through the eyes of clever 1930s schoolgirls, with references to Daisy’s beloved detective stories.

”I,” said Daisy, ‘can do anything. And even though she doesn’t like to mention it, so can Hazel.”’ (p 324).

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feather_ghyll: Girl looking across unusual terrain to a full moon (Speculative fiction)
Katya’s World : Jonathan L. Howard, Strange Chemistry, 2012

I bought this without really appreciating that it was going to be YA. Anyway, Katya Kuriakova Read more... )
feather_ghyll: One girl seated by an easel with a watching girl standing behind (Girl painter)
Invisible River: Helena McEwen Bloomsbury 2012

The quality of writing in this book impressed me from the outset, although I didn’t know if there would be enough story to carry the style. I needn’t have worried; the novel grew on me, taking me from admiration to somewhere warmer. Read more... )
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The Opposite of Falling: Jennie Rooney Windsor Paragon 2010 (Large Print Edition)

I had to push myself to continue reading this, whereas I have devoured several books that have been much more poorly written. This is a book I admired more than liked. I admired the Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Lavendar flowers against white background (Beautiful flower (lavender))
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... )
feather_ghyll: One girl seated by an easel with a watching girl standing behind (Girl painter)
The Head Girl at the Gables: Angela Brazil Blackie (the inscription on my copy suggests that this was published in 1931 or earlier)

The story begins with the headmistress of the Gables and her lieutenant considering who to appoint to the titular post of head girl of the school. 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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