The Reb and the RedcoatsThe Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We really enjoyed this book by an already favorite author. While not as action packed as her 'Enemy Brothers'(highly recommended!), we found this book very entertaining, and an excellant look at the American Revolution from the British side.
The whole storyline begins with the arrival of a 'captured' American doll in a British household. Enthralled by the toy's lifelike clay features, the eldest daughter of the family adopts it into her family of English dolls. But what about the Face in the Window? Why is it so familiar?
The plot thickens when the children must move with their mother to Uncle Laurence's house, where he has been given unwilling custody of a Rebel prisoner. The children want terribly to meet 'The Reb', but their uncle is adamant. How can they learn to know him...and win the prize Uncle Laurence offers to anyone who can discover his name? And what happened to their jolly young uncle in the war to change him so completely?

The story is entertaining and believable; the children are cute without being 'too cute' and no sassy or modern behavior. The treatment of the Rebel as a prisoner is dealt with frankly, but not with a harshness that would bother young or sensitive children. Although the author writes from an obviously British point of view, both sides are given a generous impartiality. Well done!

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Magic in My ShoesMagic in My Shoes by Constance Savery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sally is excited to be visiting dear Aunt Persis in a new home in the country. But dear Aunt Persis has a problem.
The local authorities have decided to place an orphan in her home - one of a set of ten year old triplet boys!
Sally finds Josset a fun and hearty companion. But soon things begin to happen that seem rather mysterious. This Josset is certainly a many faceted little boy - as the schoolmaster says, "There is something of the human butterfly about him"!

We love Constance Savery and her books, and she does not disappoint in this delightful little tale. Her British humor twinkles on every page, and she manages to make her mystery enjoyable for both the grown-up who sees through it, and the child who remains amused but puzzled until the last chapter - and we know, because we have both in the house!

We would encourage anyone to purchase this book, and enjoy a joyous romp in Sally's shoes!

*Note: despite the title, there is no magic; it has a clear Christian background without being 'preachy'.

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Pollyanna Grows Up (Pollyanna #2)Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H. Porter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We read the sequels to 'Five Little Peppers'.
We read the sequel to 'Heidi'.
None of them really grew up.
But Pollyanna does!

The book begins with Pollyanna still a little girl, but able to "Walk, Walk, Walk!" She manages to spread her cheer to a lonely woman mourning the loss of a beloved nephew before she really 'grows up', appearing in chapter 16 as a twenty-year-old young woman - really.

Now the fun begins. Remember Jimmy Bean? Well, he's grown up too, and is the pride and joy of his adopted father John Pendleton. Even though trouble has come to Pollyanna and her aunt, causing Aunt Polly to become once again much too grim and unhappy, Pollyanna, Jimmy and some visiting friends manage to keep things upbeat and lively after all.

That's the basic outline. Inbetween comes two mysteries and enough romance to satisfy the most romantic of us all. We can't tell, but more than one couple makes a match in this book!

But for us, the best part of this book is still...
Pollyanna REALLY grows up!

"There, what did I tell you?" says Pollyanna to Jimmy Bean - and to us, it seems. "Even you were worried, it seems, lest I should be at twenty just what I was at ten!"

You're right, Pollyanna. You're not!

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