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Ten British Treasures

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Ten British Treasures

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Longing for more of the eccentric British charm and humor that you love in the Harry Potter books? You can find it elsewhere in British children's books if you know where to look. Here are ten often overlooked British treasures for giving as presents, for reading aloud, or--now that we're used to seeing adults absorbed in kids' novels--for reading yourself. [ARRANGED BY AGE]

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

AGES 9-12 Written in 1936 but still timely, this charming modern classic features three strong-minded orphaned girls who dance to support themselves.

The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston

AGES 9-12 In this old-fashioned fantasy, a boy finds a home with his great-grandmother--and children from the past who haunt her charmed house. Especially good for reading aloud to younger children.

Dog Friday by Hilary McKay

AGES 9-12 A warm, funny story about a boy who wants to keep a stray dog and the outrageous children next door who further his cause.

Granny the Pag by Nina Bawden

AGES 9-12 Catriona's grandmother is a motorcycle-riding psychiatrist known as Granny the Pag. When she and Catriona join forces to change the girl's future, watch out.

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively

AGES 9-12 Lively, who won the Booker Prize for her adult writing, has created a clever, hilarious novel in which a modern bay is haunted by the ghost of a bossy seventeenth-century sorcerer. …

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