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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... )
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Terry’s Best Term: Evelyn Smith Blackie (an inscription reveals that my copy was a gift in Christmas 1959, although the content suggests that it was first published during the interwar period, and an article in Folly says it was 1926,)

She thought of Terry, and her firm little face softened. She liked Terry, liked her tremendously. People always laughed at schoolgirl friendships, but then people laughed at mothers for thinking their babies so wonderful, at old maids for coddling their dogs—at lots of things, nearly all women’s things. Julia thought over that, and decided that it wasn’t fair.
(p. 170)

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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 first time I saw the advert for Wimbeldon, it was quite charming, but not so much the second. I fear that it'll get on my nerves over the next few days.

Also over the weekend, I read Fun Next Door by Freda M. Hunt, and it was quite fun. I felt as if it was a sequel (but the book didn't have those useful footnotes children's series have referring you to the title). Ann is living with strict and older relatives in the charmingly named village of Duckpuddle because her mother is sick. Fortunately for her, their neighbours, the Dakers, have children her age and run a school. At Pinetops, Ann does have the aforementioned fun (picnics turn into explorations and Ann becomes a budding ornithologist and also a cat-owner). What was most interesting is that one of the children living next door is Apple (short for Applegard!) the son of a famous Negro singer. The writer emphasises his Americaness more than his skin colour. My copy is from 1958 and it was first published in April 1953.
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I was hoping to post my review of the film Inkheart, but it requires a bit more work than I have time for, and it may be a while in coming. Meanwhile, I bought four books yesterday (two Brazils, one of which I may own already, a Geoffrey Trease and a family book from a writer I didn't know of before. This was after picking up Clover by Susan Coolidge over the weekend. Say what you like about Oxfam's charity books shops, I do find my sort of books there.

I repeat, I bought Clover. I'm not sure how well known this fact is, but Susan Coolidge wrote a lot of sequels to her famous 'What Katy Did'. For years, I laboured under the misapprehension that it was a trilogy, and then, one day, I found 'In The High Valley' and discovered I was wrong.

The titles are: What Katy Did, What Katy Did At School, What Katy Did Next, Clover, In The High Valley.

As Katy grows up, the focus shifts to the younger Carrs. If nothing else, I will be rereading ITHV over Christmas.

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As I won't be posting again before then, A merry and peaceful Christmas to you all. I hope you get a chance to curl up with a good book!
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Katherine at Feather Ghyll: Anne Bradley. The Children's Press, 1959.

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