The Railway Children
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Edith Nesbit was a mischievous child who grew up into an unconventional adult. With her husband, Hubert Bland, she was one of the founder members of the socialist Fabian Society; their household became a centre of the socialist and literary circles of the times. E. Nesbit turned late to children's writing. Her first children's book, The Treasure Seekers, was published in 1899 to great acclaim. Other books featuring the Bastable children followed, and a series of magical fantasy books, including Five Children and It also became very popular. The Railway Children was first published monthly in the London Magazine in 1905, and published as a book in 1906, which has been in print ever since. Jacqueline Wilson, the creator of Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, is a multi-award-winning author and consistent favourite with children and critics. A former Children's Laureate, Jacqueline has won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Children's Book of the Year Award. The CBBC adaptation of The Story of Tracy Beaker is one of the channel's highest-rating shows ever. Jacqueline is a visiting professor of creative writing at Roehampton University and is also their Chancellor and was appointed a Dame for services to children's literature. Born in Bath in 1945, Jacqueline has lived most of her life in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. She has one daughter, two pampered cats and an energetic dog.

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Gr 3-7-This is a delightful reading of a classic story by Edith Nesbit, first published in 1906. When father is suddenly taken away, mother and the three children must leave their fancy London life to live in a simple country cottage near a train station. The children and their bottomless good nature, together with some new friends, work to rescue father and help others along the way. Narrator Virginia Leishman makes this old-fashioned world come alive for today's children without resorting to melodrama. The recording is flawless and without unnecessary fanfare, making it a wonderful way to introduce a classic to young listeners.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

The Puffin Classics series is a perfect marriage of the old and the new. Enjoy some of the best books from the past and find out why and how they inspired some of the best writers of the present -- Julia Eccleshare * Lovereading4kids *

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