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Poll #18676 Oldie Children's Books
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Beginner's Luck, by Oriel Malet. Jenny is sure she'll be a famous ballerina. Victoria is sure she has no talent. James (9) writes a poem: "O venerable is our old Ancestor, to finance our first trip to the theater."

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Fling
10 (50.0%)

Marry
4 (20.0%)

Kill
6 (30.0%)

Cherry Ames, Army Nurse, by Helen Wells. An entry I haven't read in a series I loved as a kid; a young nurse helps her patients and sometimes also solves mysteries.

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12 (54.5%)

Marry
8 (36.4%)

Kill
2 (9.1%)

The Kelpie's Pearls, by Mollie Hunter. "The story of how Morag MacLeod came to be called a witch is a queer one and not at all the sort of thing you would expect to happen nowadays."

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Fling
16 (61.5%)

Marry
7 (26.9%)

Kill
3 (11.5%)

The Little White Horse, by Eleanor Goudge. When orphaned young Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she's arrived in Paradise.

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18 (62.1%)

Marry
8 (27.6%)

Kill
3 (10.3%)

The Magic Book, by Willo Davis Roberts. Apparently the only other sff novel by the author of "The Girl With the Silver Eyes," an old favorite of mine.

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Fling
14 (60.9%)

Marry
9 (39.1%)

Kill
0 (0.0%)

Otto of the Silver Hand, written and illustrated by Howard Pyle. A historical adventure by the author of fairy tales I used to love as a kid.

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10 (50.0%)

Marry
8 (40.0%)

Kill
2 (10.0%)

The Time of the Kraken, by Jay Williams. Thorgeir Redhair must go on a quest to save his people from the kraken, since they're too busy fighting another tribe to do anything useful. By the author of my old favorite, "The Hero From Otherwhere."

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Fling
12 (57.1%)

Marry
5 (23.8%)

Kill
4 (19.0%)

We Rode to the Sea, by Christine Pullein-Thompson. Horse story by an author of other horse stories I liked as a kid.

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Fling
13 (61.9%)

Marry
4 (19.0%)

Kill
4 (19.0%)

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From: [personal profile] the_rck


As I recall, the Cherry Ames book is heavy on the WWII propaganda. I read it when I was in elementary school, so I can't speak to the various Ism Fairies. I do remember, though, that, when I worked in a small public library in the early 80s, the woman who checked out books for the retirement home would get Cherry Ames books when she ran out of other clean nurse romances because, as long as she didn't tell the residents that the books were written for children, they were beat for beat the same.

I love The Little White Horse. It's one of those books that a person can slide off of or fall deeply into depending on whether or not they run into it at a point when it works for them. I like it less well than Linnets and Valerians (by the same author), but like that book, it's a gentle fantasy where the magic is fairly subtle. In this case, there's an ancient family curse that needs breaking. There's a relatively recent movie adaptation, The Secret of Moonacre, but that (of course) changes the story a lot to play up scary parts and make things more dramatic.

I think I encountered Howard Pyle at the wrong point because I didn't enjoy any of the things that he wrote that I tried. I just have a general recollection of being really peeved.
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