Category Archives: Childhood Books

Book 11 – Anne of the Island by L.M.Montgomery

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I have recently inherited an elderly aunt’s L.M.Montgomery collection (hence the rather bizarre 1930’s book sleeve) and so have been re-reading what I recollect as my favorite of the “Anne” books.

Still quite like it, possibly not quite as much as I did at fifteen.

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April 23, 2017 · 3:18 pm

Book 16 – Moominpappa at Sea by Tove Jansson

In which Moominpappa has a midlife crisis and drags the family off to a remote, windswept island.

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Book 18 – Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle

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The fourth in L’Engle’s quartet of first-generation “Kairos” novels, this is fantasy SF with a Christian(ish) underpinning (not allegory, more like the Space Trilogy than Narnia). Quantum physics, time travel, angels in disguise and mythical beasts all come together to weave an original story¬† set in a society based on the events described in Genesis 6. A couple of American teenagers (twins) are sent by mistake to ancient Mesopotamia and are taken in by Noah and his family in the months leading up to the flood.

I quite liked it and it raised some interesting questions, but it’s not particularly orthodox, doctrinally. Oh, and it isn’t a book for reading with young children………If you haven’t read any of these novels before you’re probably better off starting with “A Wrinkle in Time”, the first in this series and L’Engle’s most popular and well-known novel.

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