- Paperback: 288 pages
- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (1 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1407108972
- ISBN-13: 978-1407108971
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Beswitched Paperback – 1 Feb 2010
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Magic… time travel… a school story which is both funny and touching… this book has it all. --Eva Ibbotson<br /><br />It was a joy to read from cover to cover. Exciting, inventive with a very pleasing twist. --Philip Ardargh
Just occasionally you read a children's book that sweeps you so entirely into its world that you leave your adult self behind... The only consolation about coming to the end of this warm, funny and touching novel is that surely there must be a sequel. --Sundaay Telegraph
One of the most enchanting, funny and suspenseful stories for 9+ to have been published for some time. Like Eva Ibbotson, Saunders has the gift for depicting benign, wildly eccentric adults and sensible, sympathetic children in plots that are almost plausible... Unlike other forays of this kind, Beswitched is less a St Trinian s-style send up than a joyous celebration of the conventional British girls public school and its passions, privations and enduring female friendships... Pure bliss. Don t miss it --The Times
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Top Customer Reviews
I do hope Kate Saunders is planning another novel in which we learn exactly how the 1930s Flora coped in her progressive modern boarding school while her counterpart was coming to term with life at St Winifred's.
What makes it all bearable are of course the girls in her dorm who become her friends - but only after the usual sneaks and bullies have had their way. Beswitched is both a new classic tale about a boarding school and a homage to all those Mallory Towers/Chalet School books about female friendship and education. The plot, both magical and historical, ticks along nicely because of course even in an English boarding school, apprehensions about what the Germans are up to start to grow.
Like Eva Ibbotson, who gave a rare quote on the cover, Saunders is brilliant at depicting wildly eccentric adults whose affections and affectations try the young. She writes beauitfully, with perfect comic timing, and both children and grandparents will love reading this aloud.
Not "great literature", of course - and I could have done without the few rude words - but all in all a very entertaining read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is easily the best book my daughter (12) and I have read recently.
My 8 year-old said: "I've just read Beswitched and it was epic and now I'm going to go back to the beginning and start again. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Fruin
Beswitched is about a girl called Flora who goes on a train to boarding school and finds herself back in 1935. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anya
My 12 year old daughter absolutely loves this book. So much so, she has read it 3 times.Published 13 months ago by Miss S. E. Allen
I really love this book. I wish there was book 2 and more to continue the story. But it's a strange happy story and you just want to continue reading. It's worth readingPublished 13 months ago by Tinkle-Bell
my daughter read this book she really loved it and she doesn't usually stay into a book for very long!Published on 29 Aug. 2014 by Julie P.
Amazing book. My 9 year old has been hooked. It is imaginative and has a good storyline and is well written. Read morePublished on 9 May 2014 by Happy and Smiling
I absolutely loved this book. It was funny, entertaining, had some great characters. I felt that Flora was a great character, as you could really relate to her, and I liked how she... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2013 by westielover <3
I ended up giving this book to my niece since I hadn't read the summary properly... it's a children's book!Published on 9 July 2013 by EMM Marchand