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One of the best children's books of the twentieth century,
By A Customer
This review is from: Autumn Term (FF Childrens Classics) (Paperback)
I don't know whether to congratulate Faber for at last reprinting Autumn Term or to berate them for not reprinting the rest of the series at once. The Marlow books are simply the best series of girls' stories ever - Forest is witty, perceptive and above all honest. She trusts her readers to cope with her subtle, humane observations. She knows children who read do not need a slide rule to figure out what characters are like. Without being tiresomely and patronisingly gritty, the books deal with some tough themes - bullying, the death of a child, divorce and remarriage, and perhaps above all the loneliness of a child whose friends sometimes desert her for reasons of their own. There are also pleasures - falconry, school matches and plays - but what brings them to life is the humanity of the characters, teachers ansd parents as wellas children. I cannot praise this series too hihgly. Try the first one and you will be hooked at once.