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Astercote (Puffin Books) [Paperback]

Penelope Lively
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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28 May 1987 Puffin Books
Since being wiped out in the 14th century by the Black Death, the village of Astercote has been overgrown by forest, but its past still haunts the local Cotswold folk. Soon, villagers fall ill, crosses are marked on the doors and the modern village is taken over by a medieval consciousness.
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (28 May 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140319735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140319736
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,848,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children and adults will love this book. 26 Mar 2003
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This is a fabulous book for children from about 9-10 onwards.They will love the mystery which evolves.The reader is lead through time, back to a lost medieval village.
Somehow the present is mixed with the past. Who is the strange boy the children find in the wood? Could he be from this century? or maybe he's from a time long past...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lyrical description of a life now lost 7 May 2012
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This is a gentle, evocative mystery story about two children, Peter and Mair, who move from Wales to a small, isolated Cotswolds village where the pace of life has not changed much for hundreds of years. One day Mair's dog Tar, gets lost in the local woods and the children are forced to trespass in order to find her. In the woods they meet a young man called Goacher and come face to face with the past as they discover the secrets of Astercote, a village abandoned during the plague years.

This is a slow and dreamy book, full of beautiful descriptions of a country life that is now a distant memory. Reading it when I was a child the life that Peter and Mair live was not so very different from my own. Reading it now, their life seems as alien as the life of the village destroyed by the plague.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astercote 17 April 2000
This is a gripping story and once you have started it you will not be able to put it down i have read this book many times and have enjoyed it each time
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very detailed book 1 April 2000
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This is a very well-written book. It is kind of long but it kept my interest. It has alot of details that are very well written. The story line is good and interesting. This is a very good book.
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