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Familiar and Haunting: Collected Stories

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FamiliarHere are stories of everyday life, as familiar as a piece of rope and

... as haunting as fear: Mike knows that he can't swing over the river on the knotted rope, but with everyone watching him, he has to try. ... as haunting as a stranger: Who is the frightened-looking girl stealing plums from Nicky's grandparents' precious tree?

... as haunting as cruelty: How can J
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Greenwillow Books (first published April 1st 2002)
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I feel kind of sad for the first half of this book. I remember a few of them from children's magazines when I was little, but most of the "familiar" stories haven't really held up over time. It sort of makes me sad to see that perfectly good writing for its time become dated and naive. But the "haunting" stores had some legitimate chills!
Too scary for children; truly gripping and chilling. Vivid and poignant.
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Philippa Pearce was one of the twentieth century’s greatest children’s writers. Her books include Tom’s Midnight Garden, winner of the Carnegie Medal; The Squirrel Wife, illustrated by Wayne Anderson; and A Finder’s Magic, created for her two grandsons and illustrated by their other grandmother, Helen Craig. Philippa Pearce died in 2006.
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