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Children's books for adults when they're feeling poorly
John McCartney, Amazon Customer
The Picts and the Martyrs: or Not Welcome At All (Swallows And Amazons)
"Children adapt to a strange holiday. Quieter than the other Ransomes, with perhaps the most charming protagonists.."
Storm Ahead (Romney Marsh)
"Rarely read now, but a picture of middle class girlhood as it should have been."
"With its sequel - Unleaving - the greatest unread children's classic of the last fifty years"
Minnow on the Say
"Working class boy puzzles out middle class life - and has an adventure."
Mistress Masham's Repose
"A classic in the little-girl-against-wicked-guardian genre - plus Lilliputians!"
"You have to be in the right (uncritical) mood for this Boy's Own Paper yarn; but I've always loved it."
The Wee Free Men: (Discworld Novel 30) (Discworld Novels)
"Terry Pratchett is our greatest living novelist. This and its sequel - A Hat Full of Sky - are brilliant. Girl protagonist, too."
How I Live Now
"Everything it's cracked up to be - excellent. Girl protagonist again."
Seventeenth Summer (Point - original fiction)
"Originally 'Pennington's Seventeenth Summer' - working class teenager who'd get an ASBO these days!"
"The Wind In The Willows from the Weasel's point of view - hard to find but brilliant."
Thunder and Lightnings
"Growing up and adjusting to loss and change - but not heavy going."
"Yeah, I know it's a cliche, but this is a book to read to kids - if you can do the voices."
The Various: The Touchstone Trilogy
"New(ish) and not well known, but another girl protagonist coping with an odd family set-up - and punk fairies!"
The Peppermint Pig (Puffin Books)
"Set at the turn of the 19th/20th century, another girl protagonist struggling with poverty."
"It doesn't matter which of the early 'Williams' you read - they're all perfct of their kind."
The Little White Horse
"A real desert island book for me.- another heroine."
Sword at Sunset
"Almost any Sutcliff will do - but this is her best, and the best retelling of the Arthurian legend. Hard to find."
The Golden Age (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
"With it's sequel, - Dream Days - the best evocation of a late Victorian childhood. Not really written for children - though Theodore Roosevelt loved it."
Kidnapped (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
"Better than 'Treasure Island' - could this man write!"
Kim (Penguin Popular Classics)
"The best to last - if you've never read it - do so!"
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