Little Known Book Treasures Part 2 by Jeannette Tulis
on the mischievous schoolboy William Brown. Published over a period of almost fifty years, between 1921 and 1970, the series is notable for the fact that the protagonist remains at the same eleven years of age, despite each book being set in the era it was written in. A William story often starts when William or the Outlaws (his friends) set out to do something—put on a play or collect scrap metal for the war effort. William always manages to get into trouble with his parents, although he can never see why. Often his well-meaning efforts result in broken windows and hysterics among Mrs. Brown’s friends.
- Duncton Wood by William Horwood Duncton Wood and the subsequent novels in the series (two trilogies) revolve around the moles that inhabit the United Kingdom. The mole communities (referred to as “Moledom”) are anthropomorphically portrayed as intelligent societies with their own social organization, history and written form of communication. The moles are limited to the physical behaviours of their real-world burrow-dwelling counterparts, and neither wear clothing nor exhibit any special technological aptitude. It is a story about a society, the venerable system of Duncton Wood, which is slowly falling into decay, becomes a dictatorship under Mandrake, a truly
awesome character (in the biblical sense of the word “awesome”), is reborn as a struggling young community under Bracken, and grows to become the great system which is the focus of five more brilliant books.Most importantly in the long run, it is the story of a quest, physically and spiritually, for a stone, the Stone of Silence. This is a book with well realized characters, a gripping plot, beautiful lyrical passages, humour, tragedy, and a lot more.
- Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
a children’s fantasy novel by John Masefield first published in 1927. It is about a boy, Kay Harker, who sets out to discover what became of a fortune stolen from his seafaring great grandfather Aston Tirrold Harker (in reality, Aston Tirrold is a village in Oxfordshire). The treasure is also sought by a coven of witches who are also seeking it for their own ends. Kay’s governess Sylvia Daisy Pouncer is a member of the coven. The witches are led or guided by the wizard Abner Brown. Kay Harker is aided in his quest by various talking animals, most notably Nibbins the cat, who used to be a witch’s cat but has reformed. There are two other
household cats: the main antagonist is Blackmalkin, and he is aided by the mysterious Greymalkin . The Box of Delights is the sequel with a Christmas Theme. Reviews I read of this were quite impressive with many classifying it as much better than Harry Potter. Both are widely available.