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Green Smoke by Rosemary Manning
Green Smoke by Rosemary Manning
This book is made up of a series of engaging chapters that each stand alone whilst being part of an overarching theme. We read it from start to finish over several nights as a bed time story but it will also make a good 'dip into' book. Aimed at 6-10 year olds(?)it is well written in accessible grammar and introduces us to some of the folklore of Cornwall (including the death of Arthur) in an age appropriate way via 2 highly sympathetic protagonists (Susan and R. Dragon). Highly recommended.
Bogwoppit by Ursula Moray Williams
Bogwoppit by Ursula Moray Williams
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This gripping adventure manages to tackle difficult topics with aplomb. An unloved 10 year old girl finds acceptance and family via rescuing a 'bogwoppit' - creatures that when untamed are quite unpleasant. Perhaps it's the unsentimental approach, and the depiction of the resilience of such children but the story manages to stay on the right side of believable - and has a happy ending.
Flora's Family (Adoption) (Understanding) by Qed
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars US culturally specific, 3 July 2012
The story of how a little girl adopted as a baby suddenly realises she is different physically from her adoptive parents is a good enough device. However, the cultural context is American and the 'why was I adopted?' question is answered from the context where birth mothers can and do arrange the adoption of children and sign contracts with the adopting parents. Quite a barrier for those adopted under other juristictions and for other reasons.