Thursday 31 July 2014

A girl named disaster #the year in books - July

A girl named Disaster by Nancy Farmer is about an 11 year old African girl who leaves her village in Mozambique to find lost relatives in Zimbabwe and escape a forced marriage. It is also about survival, and becoming a woman, about not fitting in, and understanding who you are, and how your spiritual beliefs can both strengthen you and terrify at the same time.

Yet again my book choice is led by Miss K who seems intent on me reading all of her books. I'm not complaining, children's literature is filled with so many treasures, some new to me and old favourites.

what's your favourite children's book? old or new. all recommendations accepted.

joining in with the year in books at Circle of Pine Trees.


  1. This is one for very small children (and of course I'm still a child at heart): the Milly-Molly-Mandy books. They always give me that warm, happy feeling inside.

  2. Wow -- that sounds like a great book. And was Disaster really her name? Wouldn't that be awful? I have so many favorite children's books, but the standouts from my childhood are The Yearling by Marjorie Kinan Rawlings and The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter. I think I'm a old-timey romantic LOL.

  3. I loved Madeleine L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time series, Monica Furlong's Wise Child and Juniper (I still want to be Juniper when I grow up), all of the weird books by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, E.L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Mandy by Mary Poppins herself, Julie (Andrews) Edwards, because what could be better than having one's own secret cottage and garden in the woods??

  4. Oh goodness, there are soooo many children's books I've loved. The ones that come immediately to mind and that haven't been mentioned so far ... My Side of the Mountain, Children on the Oregon Trail, I Capture the Castle, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea books, Terry Pratchett's Trilogy, Truckers, Diggers and Wings, and his Tiffany Aching books, Wind in the Willows. But ask me again another day and I'll probably have a different list.

  5. How have I not found your blog before ? (or maybe I have, hard enough to remember my name most days lol). Anyway it's fab. Found you whlist bloghopping from possibly CJs Above The River ? Guessing though, cant remember, funny that! Going to add you to my blog list so I don't lose you again!

    1. what a lovely comment, thank you, come back soon x

  6. It sounds like a very interesting and intriguing read. xx

  7. Sounds like an interesting read :). I too loved all the books mentioned here already and all the
    Arthur Ransome books too.


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