Noel Streatfeild news and resources:
Ballet Shoes to be made into a feature length drama to air on BBC One later this year - read the press release
. I got the heads up from Digital Spy
. This could be great, the BBC, after all, should be able to handle this sort of material in its sleep, but it rather depends on who they cast to play the Fossils and what the director gets out of them.
h2g2 has an overview
of the 'Shoes' "series" (which was artificially created as such, though some of them are obviously connected, says the person who never could read 'The Bell Family', in fact I'm not sure if I didn't give up and give it away.)
For more, there's this well-presented Noel Streatfeild site: http://www.whitegauntlet.com.au/noelstreatfeild/ Discussion - girls in fiction and the women writing itGirl wondersAs Nancy Drew returns to the screen, Laura Barton remembers the fictional female heroes who bested the boys, bucked convention and shaped her childhood
Were you an Ann or a George? (Plus, it may be made more explicit in later books, because, yes, I am of the Nancy Drew Files/strawberry blonde generation, but is Ned Nickerson not 'the love interest' and sidekick to Nancy? Sadly, there's no mention of the Swallows and Amazons girls in this article.)
Editorial anonymous, a children's book editor, discusses the question of whether children's books are a girls' club and if so why?
This mainly refers to modern children's literature.
Essay/Discussion: Twins, part two
, which focuses on the twins of the Abbey Girls and Chalet School series.Malcolm Saville resources:The Malcolm Saville centenary website
, through which I discovered 'Three Towers in Tuscany' is the first of a sequel, which ends with 'Marston Baines - Master Spy'. My delight at the fact that there are more books and that one of them has such a title cannot be textually rendered.Quizzes:http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/literature/specific_subjects__themes/childrens_literature.html