The Witch on the Corner

I just found this old, 1966 hardcover far back in a used bookstore.It has no dust jacket so it's a delight to see the title picture.I seldom buy children's books but this title is unique and drew me.It is a worthwhile find.What's common with many stories is someone in the neighbourhood we consider unfriendly but know nothing about.The kids in this story have never spoken with the lady nor stood up close.That some make games out of...

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A Year to Grow

Felice Holman was born October 24, 1919, in New York City. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1941 and later worked as an advertising copywriter. She married Herbert Valen in 1941 and some of the experiences of their daughter, Nanine Elisabeth Valen, would serve as the model for her first book, Elisabeth, The Bird Watcher, which was published in 1963.During the 1960s, she published two more "Elisabeth" stories and wrote some...

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The Wild Children

The Wild Children is a well-written story about orphans in the Soviet Union near the time of the Bolshevik Revolution in the 1920s, who were faced with a choice between cold and hunger in an orphanage, or cold and hunger on the streets.Upon awakening in his home to find that his family has disappeared, twelve-year-old Alex flees the authorities with the help of his teacher and eventually joins a gang of street children.The gang is led by an...

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