A charming book for children,
This review is from: The Otterbury Incident (Puffin Books) (Paperback)
The Otterbury Incident really is a charming book. It begins strongly, with the two gangs of schoolboys from King's School doing battle over the Otterbury Incident, a bombsite in the middle of the town. The kids show wonderful camaraderie and imagination as they play their game of war, and I thought from the start that I was going to love it.
Shortly after that comes the matter of raising of the £4 14s. 6d for the broken window, and I didn't find that so thrilling. Fortunately that's not the focus of the plot, and as the blurb of my copy reads, "The plan went smoothly and soon the money had been collected. But that's just the beginning of the story. It's what happened after that that makes exciting - and surprising - reading." It's amazing what a group of boys can achieve if they work together and have some communication, and although most of their actions are probably unwelcome by the community they do make an entertaining story.
Imagination, camaraderie, mystery, distrust, and detection. As long as you don't mind (or especially if you enjoy...) the `jolly's and shillings of slightly dated English this book is definitely worth a read.