1. I have a lot of her shoe books sitting on my shelf still awaiting my attention. I liked the first one I read, picked up several more, and just haven’t gotten to them yet. I look forward to reading them though.

    This book sounds intriguing. I can’t say without reading it, of course, whether or not I’d hand it over to my kids. But cruelty to children in orphanages still happens to a considerable degree so in some senses it’s not over-the-top. But that doesn’t erase the duty to protect our children’s emotions and so that’s something to think about!

  2. Hmm… I read the Shoe books as a child (and still have their paperbacks on my shelf), but didn’t know the author wrote other books. (I think “Ballet Shoes” might have originally been a TV movie, or something, that got me to check them out.) Will have to look into this.

    I also always assumed that “Noel” Streatfield, since it wasn’t spelled “Noelle,” was a guy. 🙂

  3. I’ve never read this author, but she’s been on my list since You’ve Got Mail.

    (Which must mean I’m not highly motivated, considering how old that movie is now… But your review revives the interest. Thanks!)

  4. I haven’t read this book by Streatfield, but it sounds intriguing. I wonder if it’s really any more scary and harsh than many of the books marketed for children nowadays. Maybe it’s more realistic than, say, A Series of Unfortunate Events or others of that ilk?

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