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***The Children of Green Knowe

by Lucy M. Boston

Reviewed January 20, 2004.
Faber and Faber, London, 2000.  First published in 1954.  123 pages.
Available on for $6.00 in paperback.
Available at Ramstein Library.

This story is genuinely old-fashioned, since it was written fifty years ago.  Tolly is a lonely boy who comes to an old mansion of Green Knowe to stay with his aunt, Mrs. Oldknow.  As he settles in, he discovers that children from the past, who died in a long-ago plague, still live and play in the house.

This book has a quiet, playful magic.  I was intrigued by the words on the back page, telling that Lucy Boston’s daughter-in-law still lives in the old house the book was based on and is happy to show people around it, where they can see some of the things from the story.

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