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The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

Action! Adventure! Rescuing nobles from the horrors of the French Revolution in melodramatic style!
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Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

A tale of summer childhood adventures.  

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Nip and Tuck by Ralph E. Hayes Jr., in three volumes: The Bare Essentials, Gone Hollywood, Back Later, and Curtain Call.

The anthropomorphic adventures of two redneck fox brothers in Malarkey County, the over adventurous Nip and the laid-back Tuck.

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Helen's Babies by John Habberton

You can blame my reading this story on G. K. Chesterton and George Orwell, both of whom wrote favorably about it. And a semantic note: toddler was a 20th century invention; at the time this book was written, "baby" extended up to the age of about five. Which helps explain the title with the youngsters involved being 3 and 5.

The narrator's sister and brother in law go off on a visit, and the sister, Helen, invites her brother to stay at their place. Give him a break from the city and let him read, and help scare off burglars just in case. Her two sons are little angels and won't be a problem. . . .  (It is interesting to note that the parents leave before the brother arrives.  The servants, after all, can look after the children.)

They are, needless to say. Endlessly, humorously, embarrassingly. Although their high-jinks do have one great side-effect.
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Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

A retelling of the tale. Set in Great Depression New York City. The seven dwarves are in fact seven little boys, street urchins. Amazing how faithful you can get in a (mostly?) mundane tale.

Art has its interesting aspects.
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Celia's House by D.E. Stevenson

Forty years in the life of a family and a house. . . in 1905 the elderly Miss Celia Dunne is visited by her grandnephew Humphrey and tells him, contrary to the expectations of her oldest brother's son, she's living the house to him, and after him to his daughter Celia -- even though he has only a son and two daughters, neither named Celia.
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Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

About a little girl, Elizabeth Ann, who was being raised by her great-aunt and first-cousin-once-removed, with the best of intentions. Except that one day, when they bring in a doctor and don't quite believe him when he says Elizabeth Ann is perfectly healthy, the great-aunt coughs, and the doctor diagnoses the great-aunt.

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Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

A light little wordless picture book.
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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A classic of the children's book genre. . .

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more Frazz

Nov. 2nd, 2014 09:49 pm
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Two more Frazz books, still recommended for all who like Calvin and Hobbes.
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Frazz: Live at Bryson Elementary by Jef Mallett

If you like Calvin and Hobbes, you might like Frazz.  Not because of any intentional influence -- the author even denies that he intended Frazz to look like a grown-up Calvin -- but there's a certain affinity.

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Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

A tale of romance and suspense in the French countryside.

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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The classic tale of action, adventures, and pirates.
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Red Plenty

Oct. 3rd, 2014 10:18 pm
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Red Plenty by by Francis Spufford

An odd sort of -- tale.  He calls it a fairy tale.  It's a series of vignettes on post-Stalin life in the USSR.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
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The Tightrope Walker by Dorothy Gilman

The narrator of this novel, having had a wretched childhood and being left shy and bewildered and prone to nightmares, is trying to pull her life together.  During the course of this, she discovers that an antique shop is for sale, and buys it with her inheritance.  In the course of looking over the stock, she finds a note jammed in one item.

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The Sheikh And The Dustbin, And, Other McAuslan Stories by George MacDonald Fraser

The last McAuslan collection.  Ending with an afterword in which Fraser recounts how he met up with his old Colonel at a book signing and when they had a drink after, the Colonel said that the notice that the regiment never existed, and all the characters were fictitious -- well, that was rot.  Possibly libelous rot.  Was he a fiction?

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Busman's Honeymoon: A Love Story with Detective Interruptions by Dorothy L. Sayers.

The last Lord Peter Wimsey novel, in which she finally marries him off and is rid of him.  (He will appear in print once more, in a short story, and unpublished one will be written.  But no more novels.)
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Gaudy Night

Dec. 1st, 2013 08:56 pm
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Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

The return of Harriet Vane, after two novels in which she makes one cameo mention.  Indeed, the through-going return -- there are one or two scenes from Lord Peter Wimsey's point of view, but overwhelmingly this is Harriet's novel.
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The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers

Ah, the advantages of being a known mystery writer, so you can count on your readers.  This is a rather unusually structured tale.  Though you are warned in advance if you know enough about bells:  Nine Tailors is part of tolling the bell for the dead.

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