Please comment if you've read any of these or others by the same author.

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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Fling
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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Fling
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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Fling
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%)

cyphomandra: boats in Auckland Harbour. Blue, blocky, cheerful (boats)

From: [personal profile] cyphomandra


I read a handful of the Cherry Ames books - not this one, but I'd be interested if it's set in wartime (I did read all the Sue Barton books, which had some interesting early public health and rural community stuff). I loved The Girl With The Silver Eyes as a kid but have never read anything else by the author , and I also loved Time of The Kraken and actually tracked down Hero From Otherwhere because of it (despite that, I remember almost nothing of the book except its great cover).

Mollie Hunter is an author I am aware of because when I went looking for more books by Monica Hughes (I loved Devil on my Back) I would see her, get excited and then realize the name was different. Her books sound like the sort of things I might actually like but younger me never read them due to that lingering disappointment :D

I can never remember which Pullein Thompson sister is which, nor which book I've read, but on checking this is her first and I'm pretty sure I haven't read it. I like horse books a lot but preferred the ones by her mother (Joanna Cannan)
cyphomandra: boats in Auckland Harbour. Blue, blocky, cheerful (boats)

From: [personal profile] cyphomandra


I will be interested to see how Time of the Kraken stands up!

I find Joanna Cannan's characters more believable than the Pullein Thompson ones. I really liked her I Wrote A Pony Book, which does just what it says. The Pullein Thompsons actually have a joint memoir, Fair Girls on Grey Horses, which is interesting although not as horsy as I'd hoped. Oh, and this may be a terrible time sink, but here's the relevant page on Jane Badger's incredibly thorough pony book book website.
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