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Please try again. These include "farming" each room of the house, looking after an enormous pet sheep called Jasper, and writing and directing plays in a disused hen house. Show More Show Less. Please try again. When pet cat Thomasina falls ill, Mary becomes sick and refuses to talk to her father, who she feels is responsible. The Fox Hunt Mystery.
Well Phew. Really, very good. A joyful, involving page turner which I gobbled greedily whole, wandering around the kitchen, ignoring my children, making supper with one hand because I didn't want to put it down.
The story has obvious echoes of Pamela Brown's classic 'The Swish of the Curtain' in that it concerns the re-appropriation of a neglected building by stage-crazy girls to put on their own show for a drama competition. But in fact the theatre is really only one element of a plot which encompasses the viability of a traditional farm, the advisability of trusting smart talking good looking boys and the responsibilities that mount when a family is motherless.
The theatre becomes a talisman for drawing the fractured family back together.
The fact that it doesn't happen in quite the way the reader might first predict is testament to some nicely skillful plotting. Bunch of hooligans! We've stopped them.
When he spoke, his words sounded flat and final. I've sold it. Jasper the fat pet sheep who takes his duck friend for rides on his back is part of the evocation of a dilapidated farm that is very recognisable. There's a satisfyingly large amount of mud, recalcitrant pigs and rusty machinery about. It's fair to say Bill is neither quite the right age nor quite the right gender for this book but I am halfway though reading it to him and he's engrossed. He was positively outraged when I had to go out yesterday without giving him the next installment.