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Aug. 28th, 2016

Sailboat adventure

REVIEW: Swallows and Amazons (2016)

Swallows and Amazons (2016) (PG)
Directed by: Philippa Lowthorpe
Adapted by: Andrea Gibb
From the book by: Arthur Ransome
Starring: (Grown-ups): Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott
(Swallows): Dane Hughes, Orla Hill, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Bobbie McCulloch,
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1227183/?ref_=nv_sr_1

This feels a little like a natives’ take on the adventures of the Swallows and Amazons. Read more...Collapse )

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Aug. 27th, 2016

Girl reader

REVIEW: The BFG (2016)

The BFG (2016) (PG)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Adapted by: Melissa Mathison
From the book by: Roald Dahl
Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3691740/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

This year is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, which has affected me less than I would have believed as a child when I devoured his books and loved them. Read more...Collapse )

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Aug. 25th, 2016

Girl reader

REVIEW: Magic for Marigold

Magic for Marigold: L.M. Montgomery Harrap 1935

This story of Marigold and her clan, the Lesleys (of Cloud of Spruce, Prince Edward Island), starts like a fairy story, with a baby in need of a name. Read more...Collapse )

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Aug. 22nd, 2016

Anyone for tennis?

SPORTS: Olympics (mainly hockey)

This itty-bitty post is bought to you by there being no Olympics on TV for another four years. I expect that the people running it would want more attention to be given to heartwarming stories about sportsmanship rather than other, less ennobling things. And so I oblige.

I did want to mention the hockey, because I found myself watching the exciting women's gold medal match on Friday, I think it was. Wasn't the British goalie amazing? Or should I say English? In the tradition of talking enthusiastically about a sport I know nothing about, are there seriously no outstanding Scottish or Welsh hockey players?

Anyway, international hockey is fierce based on that match and what little else I saw from Rio. There was talk of stitches and wired jaws! It doesn't come off as so violent in girls own books. I know there is talk of sticks and wild play when new girls play for the first time and, yes, there are injuries, but they're usually predictable and in service to the story: one player is injured so she can no longer play and the new girl in the fourth or the rebel who didn't impress the games captain at the start of term can show her mettle.

The force of watching top-class female team sports did strike me anew these Olympics.

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Aug. 20th, 2016

Sailboat adventure

REVIEW: Jersey Adventure

Jersey Adventure: Viola Bayley, Dent, 1969

The back flap of this book’s dust jacket quotes the Junior Bookshelf stating ‘Miss Bayley is a sort of Mary Stewart for young readers’, which is an accurate description, I think. Read more...Collapse )

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Aug. 18th, 2016

Anyone for tennis?

OVERVIEW: Rio 2016/Styx and Stones

I have been watching the Olympics, but to a much lesser degree than was the case in 2012, because of the time difference. It took me a little while to realise that I could catch some of the sports – there had been so much emphasis on how the premium athletics would be on in the wee small hours.

But after a couple of days, Read more...Collapse )

Styx and Stones: Carola Dunn

This is an ultimately breezy mystery for Daisy to solve (with help) and was most interesting for me because of Read more...Collapse )

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Aug. 10th, 2016

Beautiful flower (lavender)

REVIEW: The Lark in the Morn

The Lark in the Morn: Elfrida Vipont Oxford University Press 1959

I had vaguely heard of this book and had the impression that it was well thought of, having read it, I agree, Read more...Collapse )

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Aug. 4th, 2016

LM Montgomery

OVERVIEW: 'Beach' reading

Last week, I went away for a few days and these are some of the books that I read then:

The School on the Moor: Angela Brazil

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Reread: A Countess Below Stairs: Eva Ibbotson

(I think I will reread all my Ibbotsons as a project.)

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Penelope’s Prefects: Judith Carr

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Jul. 26th, 2016

Girl with a hat

REVIEW: First Class Murder

First Class Murder: Robin Stevens (A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery) Corgi 2015

I say, old things, I jolly well ought to put Mrs Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ on my ‘to reread’ pile!

This is the third adventure of the Detective Society, comprised of that paragon Daisy Wells and her erstwhile Watson Hazel Wong, and this time, they areRead more...Collapse )

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Jul. 23rd, 2016

Girl reader

COMPARISON: two civil war stories

A book-related post!

It’s perhaps unfair to compare these two children’s books about two civil wars, but I read them quite close to each other, so the comparison came readily. Irene Hunt wrote ‘Across Five Aprils’ about the American civil war, as experienced by one Jethro Creighton, while Dorothea Moore (whom I've never posted about here before although I have copies of her books) wrote ‘Perdita, Prisoner of War’ - yes, I admit the title made me grab for it – about Perdita Eynescliffe’s experiences in the English civil war.

I say it’s unfair to compare them chiefly because Read more...Collapse )

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