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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition edition (6 Sep 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330323970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330323970
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 833,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rumer Godden, who died in 1998, was one of the UK’s most distinguished authors. She wrote many well-known and much-loved books for both adults and children, including THE GREENGAGE SUMMER, THE PEACOCK SPRING and BLACK NARCISSUS. In 1993 she was awarded the OBE. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb 2001
Format: Paperback
I first read this (at least 5 times!) as a child and was stunned by the remarkably frank and at times painful way a child who is perceived as "different" is treated by society as a whole. Adults are supposed to "know better" but here they are portrayed as average, flawed human beings. A triumph of a book which should be requisite reading for all adults and children; the studies of a (sadly) lost way of life are also a delight.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug 2001
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This is a frank account of a child who is wary of and is disliked by other children because of her gypsy background. But her gutsiness and loneliness will touch you! I read this years ago as a little girl and loved it, and thoroughly enjoyed Lynda Bellingham's excellent reading. It is nostalgic, charming and perhaps old fashioned but it kept both my daughters ( 9 and 6) really entertained and wanting more on a long drive to Cornwall. Excellent.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "acpage" on 19 Dec 2004
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This is a lovely little book which contains many more layers more than the rather bland synopsis describes. It is a book for both children and adults which explores issues of racism, child abuse, traditional differences and suspicions with empathy and realism. Any child who has been bullied will be familiar with what Kizzy suffers at school, and will be heartened to find there are solutions offered in this tale. Kindness by strangers to a lonely but spirited little girl wins through against well-meaning but insensitive and sometimes cruel intentions, and it has a happy and realistic ending. I was given the book aged about 10 and have always loved it, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Hardy on 1 Feb 2007
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The Diddakoi is a story I remember reading as a young child. Twenty-odd years later, it was still in my heart. To pick it up again was to re-enter a world that I had not visited in far too long. As well as the characterisation being perfectly balanced, Rumer Godden paints a precise picture in your mind with lively and colourful images. I loved it as a child and now I love it even more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LizzieJCB on 24 Nov 2010
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My Goodness! Only six reviews? Where are all you 40 somethings?
The TV series was addictive and formative but would the book alone have been so fabulously reviewed? I'd like to think so. Loved it as a child and made my girls read it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Addictedtoreading on 22 Mar 2012
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I read this as a 10 yr old, and can still vividly recall the TV dramatization in the 1970s. I bought the book again for my 8 year old daughter and we have been reading it together. I cannot believe how emotional I have felt re-reading this fantastic book. The tears have been rolling steadily, I can tell you! The issues of being different and bullying are as relevant today as when they were first written. Great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
I recomend this book for both young and old it is happy and sad at the same time its very interesting to learn about the old romany people and theirs a happy ending at the end love it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. T. Armstrong on 28 Jun 2010
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I watched the series of this as a child and remeber it very well.
I also had the book that went with the series at the time and spent lovely hours reading it.
Its a lovely childrens story and one that brings back some lovely memories.
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