The Years of Grace edited by Noel Streatfeild

The Years of Grace by Noel Streatfeild My rating: 3 of 5 stars I was alerted to The Years of Grace by a friend (thank you!) who knew I enjoyed books of this nature. And I do, I am very fond of those kind of ‘how to be a girl’ books from, say, the 1940sContinue reading “The Years of Grace edited by Noel Streatfeild”

Caldicott Place : Noel Streatfeild

Caldicott Place by Noel Streatfeild My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes I suspect that, along with ‘Duvet Days’, there should be ‘Streatfeild Days’ where those people who feel a peculiar ache at their soul that they cannot quite identify should be allowed to take a day off to read a Streatfeild of their choice.Continue reading “Caldicott Place : Noel Streatfeild”

Tennis Shoes : Noel Streatfeild

Tennis Shoes by Noel Streatfeild My rating: 3 of 5 stars Streatfeild season comes when you least expect it. For me, it came earlier this week with the sight of Tennis Shoes on a library trolley, and then, as I read it and the evenings started to twist around the end of Summer and thingsContinue reading “Tennis Shoes : Noel Streatfeild”

Party Shoes (Party Frock) : Noel Streatfeild

Party Shoes by Noel Streatfeild My rating: 4 of 5 stars There is something rather lovely about Streatfeild’s England. Every village has a family full of a thousand siblings. There are sensible and yet approachable adult folk. There is always a girl who is earnestly in love with ballet who ends up being recruited toContinue reading “Party Shoes (Party Frock) : Noel Streatfeild”

Ballet Shoes : Noel Streatfeild

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book and I, we’ve known each other for a long long time. It is one of those books that has been in my life for forever, really, I can’t quite remember a time without it. Without Noel Streatfeild, without the Fossils and withoutContinue reading “Ballet Shoes : Noel Streatfeild”

Circus Shoes : Noel Streatfield

Circus Shoes by Noel Streatfeild My rating: 4 of 5 stars Noel Streatfield had a handle on what made “working” children tick. Her sympathetic portrayal of characters who take to the stage, the circus, the ice-rink, is consistently smart and realistic. Circus Shoes is no exception. Peter and his rather splendidly named sister Santa faceContinue reading “Circus Shoes : Noel Streatfield”

The 1933 Girl’s Own Annual

(What are heatwaves made for if not to enjoy books that are eighty-eight years old?) If you’ve never come across a Girl’s Own Annual, you’re missing out. They were yearly bindups of the Girl’s Own paper – a publication that ran from 1880 – 1956 – and included work from authors as legendary as NoelContinue reading “The 1933 Girl’s Own Annual”

Ballet for Drina by Jean Estoril

[Can I tell you a secret? I only discovered in the last few years that Jean Estoril was a pseudonym for the legendary Mabel Esther Allan..and I’m still not quite over it. Fun fact: “Jean Estoril” is almost an anagram for “neorealist” and this has entertained me ever since…] Ballet for Drina by Jean EstorilContinue reading “Ballet for Drina by Jean Estoril”

No Ballet Shoes In Syria by Catherine Bruton

No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton My rating: 5 of 5 stars Aya is eleven, Syrian, and seeking asylum in Britain. Her mum, her, and her baby brother have escaped from the war in Syria – but her father got separated from them on the way. Her whole family is suffering from theContinue reading “No Ballet Shoes In Syria by Catherine Bruton”

Pea’s Book of Big Dreams : Susie Day

Pea’s Book of Big Dreams by Susie Day My rating: 5 of 5 stars The more I read of the Pea books, the more I keep being reminded of how they are a very quiet classic in the world of British children’s literature today. They have an almost palpable heritage of the Casson family, NoelContinue reading “Pea’s Book of Big Dreams : Susie Day”

Girl With a White Dog : Anne Booth

Girl With a White Dog by Anne Booth My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s always difficult reading and reviewing books by people that you ‘know’ and I do know Anne. I’ve talked with her a lot on Twitter about children’s literature, and I have a lot of time for her thoughtful articulacy. So youContinue reading “Girl With a White Dog : Anne Booth”

Dancer’s Luck : Lorna Hill

Dancer’s Luck by Lorna Hill My rating: 3 of 5 stars The second of one of Lorna Hill’s ‘other’ series, Dancer’s Luck is a fascinating read to somebody very much entrenched in the Well books. You’ll have to forgive me if I make any faux pas about this series as Dancer’s Luck is my introductionContinue reading “Dancer’s Luck : Lorna Hill”

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit : Judith Kerr

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is one of those that feel somehow effortless, as if they were just waiting to be written. Kerr’s fictionalised story of her childhood is, and deserves to be, one of those eternal classics of children’s literature. Anna (Judith) isContinue reading “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit : Judith Kerr”