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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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%)

pameladean: (Default)

From: [personal profile] pameladean


Yes, they're very immediate and persuasive. I read the first six or seven of the series over and over too; after that they weren't just formulaic as the genre is, but formulaic inside the particular series. I did read and sometimes reread them, but the first few, including Army Nurse, were way better.

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carbonel: (Default)

From: [personal profile] carbonel


I reread the first half-dozen of the Cherry Ames books many times, too. I remember being taken aback at the graduation scene when Cherry just kind of realizes that oops, there's a war on. It seems like a rather important thing to slip one's mind. And the entire class volunteers to go into the army, which seems awfully convenient.

I guess even at the age of eight or so, I had an eye out for plot holes and structure issues.
pameladean: (Default)

From: [personal profile] pameladean


According to my grandmother, that kind of thing actually happened -- whole classes of graduating nurses all volunteering. Of course a lot of peer pressure was involved.

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carbonel: (Default)

From: [personal profile] carbonel


In WWI, some bright spark in the War Office came up with the idea of Pals regiments, where friends from the same town could serve together. The idea was very popular and increased enlistment considerably -- until you had things like 3/2 of a particular group being killed or incapacitated in the first few minutes of the Somme. A town could lose all its young men at once, instead of piecemeal.

Of course, the medical personnel weren't supposed to be on the front lines, so the same concepts didn't necessarily apply.
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From: [personal profile] adrian_turtle


I remember the war being oddly distant from the book, despite it being about her joining the army. I read it during the war in Vietnam war, and I knew it was about an earlier war. But I was a little vague about WHICH earlier war. Cherry and her friends don't go off to fight Hitler. (I was, maybe, a little young for the books.)
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