Year: 2018


Now that I’ve gotten up a good head of steam, I’m going to settle in for the long haul and just post on Mondays. This week’s Monday post is Falter Tom and the Water Boy. Hope to see you here on future Mondays!

The Richleighs of Tantamount (1966)

Four siblings from an E. Nesbit book find themselves in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, wander through a few Enid Blyton Famous Five books and The Secret Garden, to arrive, surprisingly, at a satisfying ending. Edwin, Angeline, Sebastian, and Maud Richleigh are the children of wealthy Londoners around the year 1870. They are fantastically pampered,… Read more The Richleighs of Tantamount (1966)

Switching Places: The Kellyhorns (1942)

Two people look enough alike that one could pass for the other. Can they pass? What happens when people mistake you for someone else? What would you need to know in order to fit yourself into someone else’s life? Authors have played with this idea for centuries. There are the separated twins in Roman playwright… Read more Switching Places: The Kellyhorns (1942)

Lud-in-the-Mist (1926)

Lud-in-the-Mist is a neglected masterpiece of early 20th century fantastical and fairytale-inspired works. Though not written as a children’s book, it’s really is no less suited for children than Ursula LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea (which, to be fair, would today be marketed as Young Adult). Teens could certainly enjoy Lud-in-the-Mist, and older children whose… Read more Lud-in-the-Mist (1926)

Mistress Masham’s Repose (1946)

T.H. White is best known for his retelling of the King Arthur legend in The Once and Future King, a compilation of three novels including The Sword in the Stone. Mistress Masham’s Repose concerns the orphaned heiress to a crumbling estate, being raised by a horrible governess with the collusion of her equally horrible sidekick… Read more Mistress Masham’s Repose (1946)