The Poor Little Rich Girl, Eleanor Gates (1912) Classics Club Spin #29

"I'm seven today," Gwendolyn went on, "So I am going to walk. I haven't walked for a whole, whole week. " "You can lean back in the car," said Nurse Jane, "and pretend you're a grand little Queen!" "I don't WANT to be a Queen. I want to WALK." "Rich little girls don't hike along …

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A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905). Illustrated by Tasha Tudor

Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst. It is as if the Magic did it. If I could only just remember that always....What next, now? Something will come if I think and wait a little...the Magic will tell me. I was deeply touched by this book. The coping mechanism that …

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A Stitch in Time, Penelope Lively (1976) The #1976Club

Eleven year-old Maria Foster talks to inanimate objects. She has conversations with cats and trees, too. It is clear she is curious and smart and the conversations she begins with her parents, based on what she has observed in the world or something she read leave them bewildered, as if they just don’t know what …

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