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    PDF/EPUB The Secret Passage Puffin Books Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Nina Bawden Considering I was the child who spent hours banging at the basement paneling in my parents' house hoping to find a hidden spring that would unlock a hitherto undiscovered chamber I would have adored Nina Bawden's The Secret Passage A number of themes in this children's novel are old fashioned enough that they wou

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    characters The Secret Passage Puffin Books PDF/EPUB The Secret Passage Puffin Books Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Nina Bawden After an idyllic upbringing in Kenya three young children John Mary and Ben Mallory suddenly lose their mother only to be sent to a bleak sea

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    Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Nina Bawden PDF/EPUB The Secret Passage Puffin Books Nina Bawden æ 0 Read Also published as House of SecretsIt was an OK summer read I begin to see that Bawden's basic framework is taking kids from their normal environment with parents and sending them off to unknown eccentric relatives in creepy houses I enjoyed it until the end brought too many felicitous events to be credible one right after the other like pili

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    PDF/EPUB The Secret Passage Puffin Books SynopsisThe House of Secrets was written by Nina Bawden and was published in 1963 in England under the title The Secret Passage The

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    PDF/EPUB The Secret Passage Puffin Books The work of Bawden’s which I read the I am beginning to favour her children’s stories over her adult offerings The last couple of the latter which I have read have been thoroughly disappointing I was a little

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    characters The Secret Passage Puffin Books Nina Bawden æ 0 Read Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Nina Bawden I like to lose myself in a children's novel after ploughing through literary sludge eg Jane Austenfor some light relief this tale from 1963 does the jobas ever with Nina Bawden The writing is perfectly pitched at young adults there are no wizards or dragonsjust realistic interesting adult characters children who behave like normal childrenwi

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    PDF/EPUB The Secret Passage Puffin Books Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Nina Bawden Nina Bawden æ 0 Read I think I must have read this before and either it was very long ago or I was particularly unwell at the time because every aspect of this story is something I had already half constructed into what I thought was an original idea of my own Nope Just something forgotten from childhood lurking in my subconscious a leopard swept away

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    characters The Secret Passage Puffin Books Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Nina Bawden Nina Bawden æ 0 Read Nina Bawden’s “The House of Secrets” the same thing as The secret Passage kicks off with a trio of children from Kenya who arrive in England curious of the lives lived there by the seemingly foreign people which include their Aunt Mabel with whom they are living with and help in her daily activities Later their curiosity leads them into uestioning the abandoned house they call the “House of Secrets” I take interest in

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    PDF/EPUB The Secret Passage Puffin Books Synopsis copied from alibriscom After their mother dies siblings John Mary and Ben are forced to leave their home in Africa and move in with their Aunt Mabel As the siblings attempt to adjust to life with their aunt they befriend their troubled next door neighbor and find themselves caught up in a dangerous adventureThis is a young adult bo

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    characters The Secret Passage Puffin Books Nina Bawden æ 0 Read PDF/EPUB The Secret Passage Puffin Books It is an excellent story It's very intitutive and thoughtful I love how the author explores the children's personailty I love the old lady Miss Pin Also all the delightful characters you meet are well developed Althought it is a short story it might have been better if it had a stronger ending but otherwise I am looking forward to

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Summary ↠ The Secret Passage Puffin Books 100 Lonely and forlorn after their mother's death and their sudden arrival at Aunt Mabel's seaside boarding house John Mary and Ben Mallory are unimpressed with their new life in England But there are wonderful surprises in store for them when they discover a secret way into the. After an idyllic upbringing in Kenya three young children John Mary and Ben Mallory suddenly lose their mother only to be sent to a bleak seaside resort in England to stay with their disagreeable Aunt Mabel the landlady of a boarding house To the trauma of losing one parent is added the mysterious disappearance of their father a complete change of environment and the ministrations of a relative who is not only distant but seemingly resentfulBewildering as their new life is there are further mysteries how does Aunt Mabel survive when lodgers are few are far between and the two she does have appear not to pay rent Why did their aunt have to move from a grander house next door and are the rumours of a secret passage between the two buildings based on reality And does one of the children truly see a face at the attic window next door or is it their imaginationThis the earliest of Nina Bawden s books for children has an assured touch and a strong narrative the action tipping over from one fraught incident into another until the final resolutions bring the story to a satisfying conclusion even though it s a close run thing This Puffin edition has a note that when republished in 1979 the opening chapters were shortened but nothing essential appears to have been lost in the condensingBawden accurately captures the sense of disorientation that the young must feel when uprooted from what they are used to she achieved something similar in Carrie s War about child evacuees during the war and in Off the Road a dystopia set in the Welsh Marches I myself remember that feeling of strangeness when I moved at roughly the same age and period in 1958 in fact from Hong Kong to a city in the West CountryBut the children are both resourceful and resilient each with their own distinctive personality one curious another serious and cautious the last confidently sociable The various adults are depicted from the Mallory trio s point of view their motives and mood changes for the most part hard to fathom and there is additionally the enigma of the face at the window to solveI m guessing the town of Henstable reached by train from London is somewhere on the North Sea coast like Whitstable in Kent It was dark and cold and the wind sliced through their thin clothes like a sharp knife And yet in amongst the drudgery of Britain s postwar years there are signs of positivity with intimations of a flowering of arts in the resort cheerful Mr Agnew one of the lodgers is a sculptor the other lodger Miss Pin old and bird like has a room full of curios and treasures and their new acuaintance Victoria turns out to be a promising young pianistThough no conventional fantasy there is the thrill of that underground passage a portal to access an unknown world what John calls the House of Secrets Not as magical as the back of a wardrobe nor as adventurous as a castle tunnel on an island Bawden s concept is of an Aladdin s cave of a house crammed full of paintings sculptures and objets d art She has created a limited environment in which to place the human drama one in which it takes a while for some adults to realise that at heart what the children need is love and understanding

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Summary ↠ The Secret Passage Puffin Books 100 Grand and empty house next door Soon all sorts of unexpected events will unfold as the siblings encounter a whole host of eccentric characters and happenings a Completed in 1963 The Secret Passage is Nina Bawden's first children's novel and was written especially for her own. The work of Bawden s which I read the I am beginning to favour her children s stories over her adult offerings The last couple of the latter which I have read have been thoroughly disappointing I was a little apprehensive when I began The Secret Passage but I very much enjoyed it The story is relatively short only 155 pages in the lovely old Puffin edition I have but it is so well written The relatively simple story three children living in Africa suddenly have to move to England to live with her aunt after their mother passes away and their father is taken ill has somehow been rendered unpredictable in terms of what one might expect will happen It reminded me a little of Tom s Midnight Garden The Secret Garden and Enid Blyton s mystery stories A lovely lovely book which brought a smile to my face and which is sure to delight even the fussiest young reader

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Summary ↠ The Secret Passage Puffin Books 100 Three children after they had discovered a secret passage in the cellar of their house It beautifully reflects her own inuisitive nature as she herself has said 'I was a keyhole child fearsomely curious' wedded to her subtly innovative ability to empathise with the child's vi. I think I must have read this before and either it was very long ago or I was particularly unwell at the time because every aspect of this story is something I had already half constructed into what I thought was an original idea of my own Nope Just something forgotten from childhood lurking in my subconscious a leopard swept away on a tree branch in a flash flood a huge friendly sculptor named Abe who lives in the garden shed a lonely aunt with a tragic past in a rickety old boarding house on the English coast All excellent thingsWith all children s literature of this era comes a huge warning in flashing lights for the typical sickening gender norms and also the shockingly casual imperialism In the best of these novels the former isn t so prevalent I think we can say that for The Secret Passage Yes a few lines definitely made me cringe but overall I found the children to be uite distinct from each other and fleshed out as individuals without resorting too heavily to sexist tropes Ben in particular stole my heart but then again anyone who pays even the slightest bit of attention to my reading trends will know I love a good stubborn headstrong argumentative child protagonist and Ben just fits that model so perfectly with the added bonus of being utterly adorableThe imperialism though The imperialism It s staggering how it always manages to rear its ugly head no matter what I expect going into a story Often it s India that gets the brush of mysticism and misplaced British nostalgia but in this story it s Africa Because don t you know children Africa is a magical land where mother and father lived in their own special bungalow separate from the mud huts and we children had fourteen servants who doted on us and we never had to lay the table If only mother hadn t died of dysentery Honestly name me one British children s author from 1850 1980 who doesn t big up the Mystical Exotic Lands That Definitely Belong To UsI m becoming increasingly aware that when the time comes for reading any of my childhood favourites to my future kids it ll have to be coupled with a very long and very solemn history lesson

  • Paperback
  • 155
  • The Secret Passage Puffin Books
  • Nina Bawden
  • English
  • 23 October 2019
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