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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Children's Classics (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099583364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099583363
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Noel Streatfeild has that happy, skillful knack of turning her characters into real people – something which only really good novelists can do. A first-rate book" (BBC Children’s Hour)

"Noel Streatfeild’s position in the children’s book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and real understanding of the surfaces of childhood. Her stories are rich in documentary interest and entertainment, escapism of a most satisfying sort" (Times Literary Supplement)

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A charming tale of life in the Bell Family from the much-loved author of Ballet Shoes

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Darby on 20 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
A great book about the fun family of a hard-up vicar living in London. Interesting well-drawn characters, even subsidiary ones, and a familiar plot based around how the family can manage to afford various things they need. I am guessing that Miss Virginia Bell, the imaginative, gawky, devious and truculent sister, is partly based on Noel Streatfeild herself, as other Streatfeild characters such as Rachel or Nicky seem to be. There is a sequel to this book, called New Town. Also a great book, but hard to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue on 12 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
It's always nice to acquire and read another Noel Streatfeild, and this is a nice edition with a brief biography and glossary in the back, intended for modern children who don't know much about the 1950s. This particular novel is a little unusual in that it started out as a series of radio plays.

It features the Bell family, who bear several striking resemblances to the author's own family, as portrayed in her autobiography 'The Vicarage Family'. As ever, there are some talented children: Paul who is highly academic and want to be a doctor, Jane who loves ballet, and Angus who sings well enough to have a place at a choir school but really doesn't want to sing. And then there's Ginnie, who is probably the one closest to Noel Streatfeild in character - kind-hearted but impulsive, bright but rebellious.

The book is a series of incidents through the year, showing the family contrasted with their rich and materialistic relatives, covering day-to-day problems and stresses, and seeing the children make some important decisions. It's far from the best of Noel Streatfeild's work, but it's very readable and I'm pleased to have this in my collection at last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on 24 Mar. 2014
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Still my favourite Noel Streatfield. Brought back memories of Children's Hour and post-war struggles. I more children will enjoy her work.
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