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Far to Go Paperback – 6 Sep 1999
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“The splended heroine dominates the action and the well-drawn group of eccentrics who surround her. Surely a winner with children.”
“Noel Streatfeild’s position in the children’s book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and real understanding of the surfaces of childhood. Her stories are rich in documentary interest and entertainment, escapism of a most satisfying sort.”
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Margaret felt a glow of excitement as she read the advertisement:
Wanted: A clever girl to appear eleven. Appointment, write to Thomas Smith, The Dolphin Theatre.
In a trice it was all planned, and she was soon on the train to London, her heart pounding with excitement at the idea that she might, just might get the part in the new play. However, her subsequent successes bring with tthem the unwanted drama of a kidnap rumour. Day and night Margaret is closely protected, but it is soon clear that she hasn’t been guarded quite closely enough…See all Product description
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I often find that Streatfeild’s books end a bit abruptly after the resolution of a dramatic climax, and this is no exception. Indeed, it’s not a long book at all; just over 125 page in paperback, I read it in a little over an hour. While the ending is satisfactory, I felt that (unusually for this author) it left a lot of threads unresolved.
Recommended if you’ve read ‘Thursday’s Child’, or are a fan of Noel Streatfeild in general, although it’s not one of my favourites. The writing is good and the social history aspect - as well as the insights into the theatre of the era - adds some general interest that might make it appeal to boys as well as girls.
Fluent readers of about eight or nine would be most likely to enjoy this, although it was originally intended for children of about ten to fourteen.
I would give three-and-a-half stars if I could.
Any Noel Streatfeild fan who's read and enjoyed Thursday's Child is sure to find Far to Go an excellent story. It's one of my favourite of her books.
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