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Young Nanny (My Story) [Paperback]

Frances Mary Hendry
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4 Jan 2010 My Story
The diary of Lily Hicks, London 1850-1851: "The Crystal Palace is more wonderful every time we go, with coloured light everywhere, so airy and delicate, but strong. Master has made a miracle, everybody says so. And as for the exhibits inside, there are more and more every day."

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (4 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140711204X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407112046
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frances Hendry lives in a small town on the shore of the Moray Firth in Scotland, with an invisible Siamese cat.

She's a bookoholic, with usually four or five books on the go simultaneously in different rooms. She enjoys reading history, at least until men started to wear trousers. As a romantic, she loves fantasy books, the sword'n'sorcery kind, and adventure. But she dislikes both soppy romance and sadism, though there always seems to be a fair bit of both love and violence in her books - maybe just because some of her books are about exciting historical times and events, fairly accurate in the facts with imaginary people slotted in.

As an English teacher for many years, she learned what bits of a book her pupils skipped reading, and takes care not to write like that. Her books are mostly, to her annoyance, listed as for young adults; yes, some are for youngsters, but they're not childish. She says she writes for anybody who can read. Her first two fan letters were from a boy of 8 and a man of 94, so 'young adults' covers a fair bit of ground.

Both her first 2 books won awards from the Scottish Arts Council, and a later one was chosen by New York Public Libraries as one of its best 100 books. So she must be doing something right.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating life of a London family 14 Jan 2010
This book tells the story of Lily's life in service, not in a grand house, but in as more modest house with fewer servants. The sort of environment most servants worked in. She is employed as a maid and then becomes the Nanny as a young teenager when a family with a new baby come to live there. It paints a vivid picture of how the differences in social class resulted in inequalities in educational standards and treatment under the law. It is good story and shows life in a London family in the middle of the nineteenth century during the construction of the Crystal Palace. An amazing achievement which generated both excitement and controversy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! 7 Mar 2013
By Eleanor
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This was a very good book that showed how rough a serving girls life could be and how her life was effected by the other staff and her employers. It also highlighted the crystal place which was a good add in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Nanny 15 Feb 2013
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Young Nanny is one of the most interesting books I ever read, and trust me I've read a lot of books.
At the start of the book I felt quite confused and frustrated at all these names being thrown at me. But I tried again, and when you really get into it, it feels like you are police officer and you are investigation something and you have person on the inside spying for you. In this book you get top class diary entry's about Crystal Palace in the process of building, and a menacing little boy who ruins everybody's fun and lands himself in jail.
All the my story books are very fascinating to read and there are one of my favourite types of books. And I am very sure that anybody who likes history and learning about famine and war as much as I do will love these books no doubt! Signed Molly Rose Mac Dermott.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beware, Young Nanny was previously published as Crystal Palace.
It tells the story of Lily Hicks, who becomes a nanny is a household in London. Not only does it tell the reader about life as a nanny in 19th century London, it also tells about the wonders of Crystal Palace.
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