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Variety of Books 3

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Hello again,

Hope you enjoy the list!

God bless


The Rout of the Ollafubs by K. G, Lethbridge pb gc$1..Two children have lots of adventures in a far off country full of mountains, forests and strange creatures and people. 



The Siege of Trapp's Mill by Annabel Farjeon pb gc $2....A group of teenage boys spending the night in an abandoned mill find their adventure threatened when they are attacked by another gang and a member of their group is injured.



Great Pyramid Mystery (messenger to the Pharaoh) by De Wolfe Morgan pb gc $3...Today the Pharaoh visits the Pyramid! He goes to inspect the building of the greatest wonder of the world!

"Let no man dare thwart my purpose," declares the Pharaoh.But men did dare. Who? Who brought the plague of snakes? Who tried to trap the Pharaoh's young messenger? A mystery from the land of the Sphinx.
Setna's father, Dekere is inspector of the nearly finished Great Pyramid. Suddenly strange fumes kill him.
Young Setna runs to tell the vizier. Temple priests try to halt the boy but Onabbi, a young laborer, rescues him.
Setna becomes messenger to the Pharaoh; Onabbi his loyal servant.
This is the story of two boys who uncover the secret plot to overthrow the Pharaoh and block completion of the great Pyramid of Egypt. 



Eleanor's Farjeon's Book Stories-Verses-Plays illustrated by Edward Ardizzone pb gc $2...A wonderful anthology of stories, verses and plays chosen by Eleanor Graham, with fantastic b/w illustrations by Edward Ardizzone. 



Gold Pieces by Phyllis Bentley pb gc $4.. Hilltop handloom weaver's son Dick Wade is pleased to find a boy of his own age to play with, but is he a true friend? Whose is the injured dog found on the moors? And who is flooding the area with clipped and forged coins, bringing the London authorities in with their questions and house searches? This is a gripping story based on the real history of the Cragg Vale Coiners, giving a fascinating insight into life in the Calder Valley and the local weaving industry over 200 years ago. A juvenile mystery story. The dog in the story is an Old English Sheepdog. 


Charco Harbour by Godfrey Blunden pb gc $5....It is 1768. War has broken out in Europe and the British Admiralty wants a base in the Western Pacific.

So Captain James Cook and a company of nearly a hundred seamen and philosophers are despatched into those beautiful but perilous seas that lie between Terra Australis Incognita and the Great Barrier Reef, the never-before-penetrated realm of fin-back whales, sea-serpents, manatee, turtles and sharks, a maze of coral reefs and thousands of islets, some of which mysteriously send the compass needle spinning...Charco Harbour is the story of Captain James Cook's first Pacific voyage in 1768, a journey into a world to which Europeans had never been and reported back before, a journey which leads to shipwreck at Charco (near Cooktown in Queensland). At a time when Australia was terra incognita, a great navigator like Cook still displayed human failings.


The Amost All-White Rabbity Cat by Meindert DeJong pb gc $2.....A simple story by the author of The Wheel on the School about a family (father, mother and small boy) who leave their village to improve their situation in a big city, and feel uprooted.

They sign without reading a rental contract for an apartment, which forbids the tenants to have dogs, cats or children in the building. But the contract says nothing about snakes, lion-cubs, or other exotic animals (:-)


Dusty by Frank Dalby Davison pb gc $4....Dusty is the story of a dingo/kelpie cross who is employed to muster sheep, but is forever at war with his wild instincts.

The dog is one of the best dogs in the industry, no one can beat his instinct, but alas his Dingo side is too much for him to control and by night he hunts and kills the stock. It's a tale that sadly unravels into a one way and certain future for the dog. Dog lover's beware, great book but will tear the heart strings. 



The Custer Wolf by Roger Caras pb gc $2....The  true story of a great and legendary wolf in America's West. It's a good read and give a lot of insight into the mind of a Wolf.

Brilliantly written.


The Otter's Tale by Gavin Maxwell pb gc $2....The enchanting true story of Gavin Maxwell's life with the three otters he kept as pets, and the enormous changes they brought to his life. Written for children, concentrating on the otter's lives and incidents. A must read for all children, (though note the language remains  above average (by today's youth reading standards).



Gay-Neck The Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji pb ec $4.....Writing out of his own experience as a boy in India, Dhan Gopal Mukerji tells how Gay Neck's master sent his prized pigeon to serve in Word War I, and of how, because of his exceptional training and his brave heart, Gay Neck served his new masters heroically. Winner of the 1928 Newbery Medal. After being sent to a WWI battle front to be a messenger pigeon, Gay Neck is injured. After completely recovering from his physical injuries, Gay Neck's owner wonders why he won't fly. The young boy, Gay Neck and a good friend take a trip to the lamasery to learn more about Gay Neck's condition and whether he will ever fly again. 

Good story with lots of action and other stories to entertain a reader. 



Puppy Lost in Lapland by Arthur Catherall pb ec $3....An Elkhound puppy becomes separated from his litter mates and has to fend for himself in the cold, cruel, snowy world. His life is one of hardships and survival; he breaks his leg and has a long, painful healing process. Fortunately, the dog's bone does mend and fortunately he finds his way home.This book has lovely illustrations, A wonderful animal story that should not be missed. (make sure you have tissues with you when you read this book)


The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi pb ec $4....


The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings pb As new $4....An American classic—and Pulitzer Prize–winning story—that shows the ultimate bond between child and pet. No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than The Yearling. Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend.  Ages 10+



Dragon in Danger by Rosemary Manning pb gc $1....Another gentle, beautiful book. Such a fine story with amusing, calmly resolved conflict rather than an excess of jeopardy. This sequel to Green Smoke (look through the lists to find it)  has R Dragon travelling to visit his friend Sue. What follows is a cute story which has limited peril considering it's title, but children will enjoy the sheer childlike quality of the niceness of the characters. Ages 7+


Indian Captive The Story of Mary Jemison pb ec $5....



The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene pb gc $3......In a poor, remote section of Southern Mexico, the paramilitary group, the Red Shirts have taken control. God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest is on the run. Too human for heroism, too humble for martyrdom, the nameless little worldly “whiskey priest” is nevertheless impelled toward his squalid Calvary as much by his own compassion for humanity as by the efforts of his pursuers.

 In his introduction, John Updike calls The Power and the Glory, “Graham Greene’s masterpiece…. The energy and grandeur of his finest novel derive from the will toward compassion, an ideal communism even more Christian than Communist.” High School to Adult


Bess by Robert Leeson pb gc $4....Set in Elizabethan times. tells of Bess Morten's quest of financing a colony on the island of Maravila and the ensuing adventures. Ages 10+


Sirga by Rene' Guillot pb gc $2....A rare masterwork by a french author unfortunately not as widely known as he ought to be. The writing is like a song, simple, clear, extraordinary. This book is one of those rare books you will always remember.



Christmas Spirit by Robert Westall pb gc $2...This volume brings together two stories on a Christmas theme, both set in Tyneside in the 1930s. In The Christmas Ghost, a boy receives a desperate warning from a ghost. In The Christmas Cat, a visit to a vicarage is miserable, until the arrival of an apple-pie thief and a cat.Two lovely Christmas stories. Could be read at any time of year. family love, working class life and young heroic protagonist. Highly recommended.



The Marlows and the Traitor by Antonia Forest pb gc $4....Nicola and Lawrie spend an Easter holiday by the sea with their mother, Ginty (their next oldest sister) and Peter (the brother at Dartmouth). Things start to happen when Nicola and Peter, out for an early morning walk, meet an instructor from Dartmouth who cuts Peter dead - and the excitement mounts to a tremendous, but plausible, climax, with the Marlows living up to the best naval traditions. An outstanding book, both as a stand-alone adventure, and an installment in the ongoing series. 


The Magpies Said Stories and Poems from New Zraland collected by Dorothy Butler pb gc $4....This collection of tales capturing the essence of rural NZ 


More Travels in a Donkey Trap by Daisy Baker pb gc $2....(Mother Culture book) This gently enjoyable book with sweet drawings tells of Daisy and her search for a donkey and trap to take her around the Devon lanes. Having acquired Darkie, a good-sized gentle jenny, and a sturdy blue trap, she has to figure out how to put the harness on and drive. 

Daisy had been confined more and more by her age - 76 in this book - and lack of strength. But summoning her reduced courage she now finds herself able to get out and about; to the village for her pension firstly. She describes the lands, hedges, woods, the day at the seaside with hay lunch brought for Darkie, the day she went to the town.
Added to this is Daisy's store of memories of growing up in London and moving to the country, where her father took the workers' train to London each day. She had to go into service, and we see three different houses through her eyes, though as a 'tween-maid she saw not much but the hard work of staff in those days. What a delightful little book!

 A Gem!



A Fortunate life by A.B. Facey pb gc $2....This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man. It is the story of Albert Facey, who lived with simple honesty, compassion and courage. A parentless boy who started work at eight on the rough West Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural worker, survived the gore of Gallipoli, the loss of his farm in the Depression, the death of his son in World War II and that of his beloved wife after sixty devoted years - yet he felt that his life was fortunate.
Facey's life story, published when he was eighty-seven,an extraordinary read -Overall a brilliant, inspirational book that will help you understand what an amazing job the pioneers of this country did to help create the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today.


The Reindeer Twins by Alan Jenkins hb wdh gc $4.....Every spring the great reindeer herds move north, and the Lapp people follow them. This is the appealing strory of two little Lapp children, their baby cousin Marjatta, and the finding of rare white reindeer twins on the trek to the summer camp.



Storm Over Samoa by Dale Collins hb wdj gc $5...An adventure story of war and storms in Samoa.14 year old Nick was a lonely orphan at the Mission Station on Samoa.

He felt nothing important or exciting ever would happen to him ever again...Then suddenly war broke out between the islands and Nick finds himself involved in it.Through courage and his wits he befriens a war reporterand becomes his assistant in an exciting and dangerous task of getting the news to the outside world.



We Went to Live in Scotlannd by Cecilia Knowles hb wdj gc $4....


Eskimo Island A Story of the Bering Sea Hunters by Phillip Viereck hb wdj gc  $3....


A Grue of Ice by Geoffrey Jenkins hb wdj $7.....A novel of adventure on the grand scale, set against the vastness of the sea and ice that stretches between Cape Town and Antarctica and centering on the search for mysterious Thompson Island, sighted only twice in all history. A Grue of Ice is an adventure thriller set in the wild waters of the Antarctic and Southern Atlantic. The protagonist is an ex-British naval captain and his sidekick is a native of Tristan Da Cunha who served under him during WWII. The novel includes a villainous whaling magnate, several remote island, many ocean gales and a number of enjoyable action scenes. In typical 1960s fashion, the plot revolves around a substance vital to the construction of rockets. This is an enjoyable thriller, well worth a read if you enjoy simple, well written adventure yarns.  Ages 14++



Sunrise Tomorrow A Story of Botswana by Naomi Mitchison hb wdj ec $5....Sent to the city to further their education, a Botswana boy and girl try to find their own way in their emerging country, torn between traditional ways and modern progress...


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True confessions of charlotte doyle

Indian capture

we went to live in scotland

Eskimo island




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Hello Mrs Nells I have sent you a PM about all the books I have put aside, but these are all sold,


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