T is for Dido Twite from Black Hearts in Battersea #AtoZChallenge #TuesdayBookBlog

  Joan Aiken was an amazing writer of children’s fiction about the supernatural or alternative history. The long series of fat books which begin with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase are set in Britain in a version of late 17th century history where James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution, but supporters ofContinue reading “T is for Dido Twite from Black Hearts in Battersea #AtoZChallenge #TuesdayBookBlog”

S is for Sally Lockhart #AtoZChallenge #MondayBlogs

Although I read the three books of Philip Pullmans’ “His Dark Materials” with great enjoyment, there is something about the Sally Lockhart mysteries which appealed to me more, and that is mainly Sally herself.       In the first book The Ruby in the Smoke, Sally is a pretty sixteen year old orphan. Her father hasContinue reading “S is for Sally Lockhart #AtoZChallenge #MondayBlogs”

R is for Ratty from Wind in the Willows #AtoZChallenge

  In the first chapter of Wind in the Willows, Mole abandons his spring cleaning and wanders down to the riverbank.  There, through a small hole in the opposite bank he spots, “A brown little face, with whiskers.  A grave round face, with the same twinkle in its eye that had first attracted his notice. Continue reading “R is for Ratty from Wind in the Willows #AtoZChallenge”

Q is for Ramona Quimby #AtoZChallenge #FridayReads

    Ramona Quimby is an ordinary little girl with normal parents and a well-behaved older sister.  Although set in America, this family could easily be a typical British middle-class family where times are sometimes hard. My favourite book is Ramona the Pest when she anxiously starts nursery school alongside her neighbour, Howie.  Her kindContinue reading “Q is for Ramona Quimby #AtoZChallenge #FridayReads”

#AtoZChallenge : P is for Pollyanna

I first came to the story of Pollyanna when I went to the cinema at the age of 11 to see the film.  Unfortunately I forgot my glasses, needed for distance viewing, so sitting in the circle it was like listening to an audio-book!  As a result I soon found the book by Eleanor Porter,Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge : P is for Pollyanna”

#AtoZChallenge : O is for Owain from Dawn Wind by Rosemary Sutcliff

“The boy lay in the silence of the great battlefield, gazing at his own hand spread on the ground beside him. The hand moved and he realized, with something like surprise, that he was not dead. His name was Owain and further up the hillside lay his father and brother, both killed by Saxon warriorsContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : O is for Owain from Dawn Wind by Rosemary Sutcliff”

#AtoZChallenge : N is for Thursday Next #JasperFforde #BookCharacter

    Thursday Next is the heroine of an alternative twentieth century world. A bold, courageous woman, she has returned from a military career in the Crimean War to take up a post as a Literary Detective.  She has the ability to jump in and out of famous books and alarmingly, some of the charactersContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : N is for Thursday Next #JasperFforde #BookCharacter”

#AtoZChallenge : M is for Maia from Journey to the River Sea #EvaIbbotson

As Journey to the River Sea begins, I am reminded of Sara Crewe in The Little Princess who finds herself stranded in an English boarding school after being orphaned.  In 1910, Maia finds herself in the same predicament except that she is soon offered an exciting new future in Brazil.  Apparently, she has relatives whoContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : M is for Maia from Journey to the River Sea #EvaIbbotson”

#AtoZChallenge : L is for Laura in Little House on the Prairie

   I have to admit that Laura of Little House on the Prairie is for me the girl I came to know in the long-running TV series from 1974 to 1983 but eventually I read Little House in the Big Woods, the first of the partly fictional autobiographies of Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the BigContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : L is for Laura in Little House on the Prairie”

#AtoZChallenge : K is for What Katy Did #FavouriteBookCharacters

Today’s fictional heroine, Katy Carr, is yet another character from the 19th century, but written in America in 1870 she seems so much more up-to-date. At 12, Katy is the eldest of 6 children, living with their father Dr Carr and his sister Aunt Izzie.  She leads her siblings in fun and adventure, always withContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : K is for What Katy Did #FavouriteBookCharacters”