When their mother leaves the country to be with her lover, Hugh and Caddie Clavering's seemingly perfect life falls apart. Devestated, and desperate for her to come back, the children travel alone to the Villa Fiorita on Lake Garda, determined not to leave without her. On arrival, they can tell Fanny and Rob are deeply in love, and their mother is happier than they've ever seen her, but the scheme lives on and Rob's young daughter is only too glad to help destroy their relationship. Will Hugh and Caddie realise that their actions have consequences before it is too late?
A novel about five nuns who found a mission in India, their struggles, their failure, and their decision to abandon the project.
Set in a luxurious hotel in southern India, this novel follows several British and Indian people as they get caught up in election fever.
This story is taken from an event that happened in Calcutta some fifty years ago and has become a legend in Calcutta's racing circles. It has been published several times in different versions with a variety of characters, but always as an anecdote among other anecdotes. It is documented in the official history of The Royal Calcutta Turf Club, but I have called the Sisters concerned The Sisters of Poverty, because the real Order in the story prefers to remain hidden.
All horses can walk - some badly, some well, but to a few is given a gift of movement feline in its grace, a slouching, flowing continuous movement that is a joy to watch. Dark Invader strode in glorious rhythm, his great shoulders rolling, muscles rippling along his flanks under the satin skin.' Dark Invader is a beautifully bred racehorse, but after a disappointing first season he is sold in disgrace and shipped from England to Calcutta. With love and gentle handling 'Darkie' wins the hearts of the people and becomes the firm favourite for India's most famous race, the Viceroy Cup. But three days before the race Dark Invader disappears. Can he be found before it is too late?
Kizzy was a diddakoi, a half-gypsy, but the more the children at school tormented her, the more determined she was not to become one of 'them,' living in a house and bullying other people.
"For little girls who love dolls, women who remember dollhouse days, and literary critics who can recognize a masterpiece." --The New York Times For Tottie Plantaganet, a little wooden doll, belonging to Emily and Charlotte Dane is wonderful. The only thing missing is a dollhouse that Tottie and her family could call their very own. But when the dollhouse finally does arrive, Tottie's problems really begin. That dreadful doll Marchpane comes to live with them, disrupting the harmony of the Plantaganet family with her lies and conceited way. Will Tottie ever be able to call the dollhouse home?
[From the inside book flap:] It happened long ago in the lowlands of Scotland in the days when castles were made of wood; this particular Castle of Tundergarth stood on a hill above fields and meadows.... There ran a wide river called the Water of Milk but it was not as mild as it sounds because in the biggest of its pools, below a deep dark cave, lived a dragon.... So begins this charming story of a gentle Dragon, a stubbornly proud lord, the red-headed Angus Og, who inherits the Castle, and the lord's wife. For hundreds of years the Dragon of Og had quietly taken for his food two bullocks a month from the lord's herd. No one minded. The Dragon brought luck, and besides, he might destroy the countryside if he was angered. But Angus Og would have none of this. "That Dragon must be killed," he said. And so began a battle of wits that could end only in tragedy--or so it seemed. This witty, exciting, and poetic story, based on an old legend of the Scottish Lowlands, has been brilliantly and delicately told by Rumer Godden.
A much-loved English novel reminiscent of "The Secret Garden" Someone has dug up the private garden in the square and taken buckets of dirt, and Miss Angela Chesney of the Garden Committee is sure that a gang of boys from run-down Catford Street must be to blame. But Angela's sister Olivia isn't so sure. Olivia wonders why the neighborhood children--the "sparrows" she sometimes watches from the window of her house --have to be locked out of the garden. Don't they have a right to enjoy the place, too? But neither Angela nor Olivia has any idea what sent the neighborhood waif Lovejoy Mason and her few friends in search of "good, garden earth. " Still less do they imagine where their investigation of the incident will lead them--to a struggling restaurant, a bombed-out church, and at the heart of it all, a hidden garden.
A masterpiece of construction and utterly realistically convincing . . . Lovejoy, Tip and Sparkey were so real to me that they have stayed alive in my head for more than fifty years' Jacqueline Wilson Someone has been digging up the private garden in the Square. Miss Angela Chesney of the Garden Committee is sure that a gang of local boys is to blame, but her sister, Olivia, isn't so sure. She wonders why the neighbourhood children - 'sparrows', she calls them - have to be locked out: don't they have a right to enjoy the garden too? Nobody has any idea what sends Lovejoy Mason and her few friends in search of 'good garden earth'. Still less do they imagine where their investigation will lead them - to a struggling restaurant, a bombed-out church, and, at the heart of it all, a hidden garden.
A haunting tale of disgrace and redemption that centers on Lise Fanshawe, a prostitute and brothel manager in postwar Paris who, while serving time in prison for killing a man, finds God. Lise is helped by an order of Catholic nuns that includes former prostitutes and prisoners like her. She joins the order and is swept up in an unexpected and fateful encounter with people from her past life. Rumer Godden, author of the masterwork In This House of Brede, tells an inspiring and entirely convincing conversion story that shows how the mercy of God extends to the darkest human places.
From the book: IMPUNITY JANE was a pocket doll. She hated living sedately in a doll's house, and when Gideon took her off adventuring with Joe and his gang she was blissfully happy. She rode on trains, sailed in model yachts, and flew in toy aero planes and in between, lived in Gideon's pocket, with all kinds of interesting objects and the snail Ann Rush out. But Impunity Jane didn't belong to Gideon. What would happen if ever he had to give her back to the little girl whose doll she really was? THE FAIRY DOLL had been with the family for a very long time. It was Great grandmother's idea to give her to Elizabeth, the youngest child, who was always in trouble for being naughty or clumsy. Elizabeth was always late, always untidy, she couldn't ride a bicycle or remember a shopping list, and the other children teased her and ignored her. But with the Fairy Doll to help, she found that gradually she could do all these things, and more. Could it be magic? HOLLY was a doll, and Ivy was a little girl. Their story is about wishing-for Holly wished very much that she could be a Christmas present, and leave the toyshop where Abracadabra the owl frightened her, and Ivy, wished for a grandmother who would give her a real home. How could these wishes come true? CANDY FLOSS belonged to Jack, who's fairground stand. She loved her life her friends; Jack himself, Nuts the dog, and Cocoa the horse-Candy Floss sat on Cocoa's back and went round and round when Jack played the old musical organ underneath, Then came the day when rich, spoiled Clementina stole Candy Floss. What could the poor doll do?
"It was Great Uncle who sent Fu-Dog to Li-la, the same great uncle who had given Li-la her Chinese name, and who never forgot her birthday. Certainly Fu-Dog, tiny enough to fit in her sleeve and magnificent in his green satin and fur ruff, was the finest present Li-la had ever received. Only she can hear him speak. He tells her it is high time to go with brother Malcolm on a visit to the mysterious great uncle in London. But London is bigger and grayer and scarier than Li-la and Malcolm expect. Their great adventure almost ends disastrously before Malcolm proves himself a hero, and the children's most cherished wishes all come true." Includes picture descriptions. Other books by Rumer Godden are available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
From the Book Jacket: Philippa Talbot is a successful London career woman turned forty when she feels the call of the religious life. I thought I was very well as I was," she told the Brede Sacristan later, "a human, balanced person with a reasonable record; with the luck of having money, friends, love. Only suddenly it wasn't enough." She is one of the most attractive and sympathetic characters in Rumer Godden's long and well-loved fictional roster. This, then, is a story of the life in an enclosed house of nuns and of the relevance of this contemplative existence to our changing world-a challenging theme. The novel unfolds chiefly through Philippa, from the day of her entrance, through one crisis of mind and heart to another, until she faces an ultimate and almost unbearable sacrifice. Woven with her personal story is a much larger one-the story of the House, its history, and the present inmates who have vowed to live and die within its walls. The nuns are English Benedictines whose House is centuries old in tradition, a stronghold of faith and prayer, yet they are up-to-date, alive, aware of the world-and matter of fact. In Rumer Godden's hands, they are fully realized individuals whom we come to know and care about, adding rich dimensions to the novel as they live out their vocations.
Marta is unhappy. For quietly aloof Gregory and his sister Janet, Marta, with her thick Ukrainian accent, her good cooking, and her stories, is the anchor of the house. Mother and Father, both busy architects, are gone all day and sometimes at night. Marta is always there; and the children, sensing her unhappiness, do not want her to go away. When they find out that Marta desires a good place in the kitchen, nine-year-old Gregory, with precocious young Janet in tow, sets out to find her a Ukrainian icon in busy, modern London. Master storyteller Rumer Godden deftly brings to life a portrait of a lonely boy discovering the creative power of love.
In a crumbling Calcutta mansion, with faded frescos and a jasmine-covered garden, the Lemarchant family live, clinging to the fringes of respectability: neither Indian nor English, they are accepted by no one and exploited by all. After only a day in India, Stephen Bright meets Rosa Lemarchant. In an ill-fitting dress once belonging to her sister, she is awkward and shy, and couldn't be more different from the stories he has heard of fast 'Eurasian' girls. Ignorant of Calcutta's strict codes of conformity, he falls in love with Rosa and becomes enchanted by the building in which she lives, determined to uncover its secrets. Mystery pervades this story of a memory-haunted house in old Calcutta, as secret as a sundial in a ruined garden.
When she wins a scholarship to a famous ballet school, Lottie, an orphan reared by the costume mistress for a London ballet company, is torn between her lifelong dream and her love for a puppy.
When Gem moves into The House Next Door, Nona and Belinda think she's stuck up and vow to have nothing to do with her. But the beautiful Japanese doll in her window soon attracts their attention. They name her Little Plum because of the plum blossom decorating her clothes - but unlike Nona's Japanese dolls, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, Little Plum seems sad, unloved and uncared for. Will the three girls - and the three dolls - ever become friends?
England is the last place Nona Fells wants to be. No one asked her if she wanted to leave sunny India to live in a chilly English village with her aunt's family -- and her cousin, Belinda, just hates her! But when two dainty Japanese dolls arrive at Nona's doorstep, everything begins to change. Like Nona, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower are lonely and homesick, so Nona decides to build them their own traditional Japanese house. Over time, not only does Nona create a home for the dolls, but one for herself as well. Images are described.
In Mary's room there sets a beautiful mouse house with a she-mouse and a he-mouse. Mary longs for them to play, but they remain still. In the cellar, a family of mice live in an overcrowded flowerpot. When Bonnie Mouse is accidentally kicked out, the adventure begins! Bonnie Mouse encounters a sleeping cat, (oh so scary) gets locked in Mary's mouse house, (even more scary) and... well... I don't want to spoil the story for you... Other books by Rumer Godden are available in this library.
"Once upon a time there was a little mouse house. It was like a doll's house, but not for dolls, for mice." Not proper mice, but a flannel He-Mouse and She-Mouse with beady eyes and bristle whiskers who stand quite still, propped on their hind legs in the sitting room. Mary knows real mice run and scamper, and disappointed with her new gift, she puts the mouse house away in her room. Meanwhile, down in the basement, a real mouse named Bonnie has been jostled out of her woefully inadequate flowerpot home by her older brothers and sisters. Overlooked by her harried parents and desperate for shelter, Bonnie ventures upstairs and finds the mouse house. And before too long what was a miniature make-believe house becomes a marvelously messy home for proper mice who know how to play, much to everyone's delight.
From the book: The mousewife goes about her duties just like all the other mice. Life is simple; survival is a matter of finding flannel scraps and tart crumbs, and contentment is there for the asking. Why, then, does the mousewife yearn for more? Creeping into a cage one day to gather some peas, the mousewife is frightened by the fluttering of wings. Thus begins the first of many encounters she has with the wild turtledove, the creature who longs for freedom. Based on a story in Dorothy Wordsworth's diary: "The Mouse and the Dove." Includes picture descriptions. Other books by Rumer Godden are available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille file.
Mr. McFadden says Selina can't ride her stubborn pony Haggis over his land, but every time she goes riding, Haggis goes right through the farmer's turnip fields upsetting the dog, the huge goose and especially upsetting Mr. McFadden. One day there is no farmer to chase Selina away. She finds him by a fence, his foot crushed by a rock. Unable to care for his farm and animals Selina and her friend Tim, come every day to help. Then the town turns its anger on the old farmer and the children who care about him. On Halloween, when Selina hopes to treat the neglected boy and the lonely farmer, everything goes wrong and mean spirited tricks put them at risk. It will take the magic of the heart to save them and help them find acceptance in the town. This story shows life on the Scottish Border is filled with Scottish Halloween customs and is told in Scottish dialect.
Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true? All full-page images are described.
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