Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Emma in Winter” as Want to Read:
Emma in Winter
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Emma in Winter (Aviary Hall #2)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  48 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Now that Charlotte has gone off to boarding school, Emma Makepeace is left alone and mostly friendless in her small town. Added to that, she’s begun having strange, frightening dreams of flying that involve Bobby Fumpkins, a fat, unpopular boy from school. Then she finds out that he’s having the same dreams, and they must learn what the dreams want with them, and how to es ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 1966 by Harcourt, Brace & World
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Emma in Winter, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Emma in Winter

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 202)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Penni Russon
May 02, 2012 Penni Russon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is the last book I read in the triptych about the Summers girls. This one is definitely the weirdest. It is highly conceptual, without the really strong narrative drive of the other two. I love and admire all three books, and I believe I would have been enchanted by this as a kid, but it was hard to hold onto the story, because it was really only at the very end you understood the point (sorta...I think) of the magical elements. Anyway, very interesting ideas in this novel about the pote ...more
This was my least favorite of the the Aviary Hall trilogy. Had I not known the order in which these were written I would have assumed that she gave Emma a book because she had already given Charlotte one. It is nice to see Emma grow and mature in this book and that is convincingly done.
Jan 09, 2015 Felicity rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book took me ages to read as it struggled to hold my interest. Emma Makepeace's sister Charlotte is at boarding school. Emma misses her and becomes more sullen. She becomes head girl and Bobby Fumpkins who everyone teases becomes head boy. This irritates her and she is quite nasty to him. But she starts to have weird dreams about him...

This book is well written but had hardly any plot at all. I kept thinking there would be some brilliant twist but there wasn't. The best bit for me was the c
I hoped the journey would end in a way that helped it all make more sense--but it did not. So I agree with the many reviews that say it's not as good as the other two books.

I am very glad I read it, though. it's still got a special quality that they all share.

more time with Emma was good. Bobby was very good.

I guess I really liked most things other than the surreal flight back to the origin of life.
The Hall Family Chronicles reminds me of this series. Both are a little dates. In this series the children seem to interact a bit oddly to me. Maybe I didn't feel like this towards my school mates?

See: A Traveler In Time by Uttley, Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer, Requiem for a Princess by Ruth Arthur, The Juniper Game by Sherryl Jordan, Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce.
Dec 28, 2008 Aik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical
It's very good, but lacks the clear focus of The Summer Birds and the depth of Charlotte Sometimes.
Michael Fitzgerald
Michael Fitzgerald marked it as to-read
May 26, 2016
Lolly marked it as to-read
May 10, 2016
Finny marked it as to-read
Apr 25, 2016
Laurel marked it as to-read
Apr 21, 2016
NT marked it as to-read
Apr 14, 2016
Ann Mclain
Ann Mclain marked it as to-read
Apr 11, 2016
Phoebe Churchill
Phoebe Churchill marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2016
DODICA VALENTIN marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2016
Michelle marked it as to-read
Apr 02, 2016
John marked it as to-read
Mar 20, 2016
Carrie marked it as to-read
Mar 15, 2016
jessica marked it as to-read
Mar 12, 2016
Rebecca A. Robinson
Rebecca A. Robinson rated it really liked it
Feb 28, 2016
Emily marked it as to-read
Feb 26, 2016
Linda marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2016
Kristin LiBretto
Kristin LiBretto rated it it was amazing
Feb 15, 2016
Alisha blaney
Alisha blaney rated it it was amazing
Feb 13, 2016
Karinna Zarate
Karinna Zarate marked it as to-read
Feb 09, 2016
Hilary Woolf
Hilary Woolf marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2016
Tink05 marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2016
Lmedvick marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2016
Jennifer rated it did not like it
Jan 16, 2016
Tyniqualeo06 Leo
Tyniqualeo06 Leo marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Chalet School in Exile (The Chalet School, #16)
  • Rivers of London: Body Work, #3
  • It Can't Happen Here (Sweet Valley Twins, #86)
  • Who, Sir? Me, Sir? (Oxford Bookworms, Green)
  • City of Gold and Shadows (Felse, #12)
  • Karen's in Love (Baby-Sitters Little Sister, #15)
  • No Such Thing as a Witch
  • The Ghosts
  • The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School
  • New Treasure Seekers (Bastable Children, #3)
British children's author Penelope Farmer was born in 1939, in Westerham, Kent, the daughter of Hugh Robert MacDonald and Penelope Boothby Farmer. She published her first book, The China People, in 1960, going on to use one of the longer stories originally intended for that collection as the basis of her first novel, The Summer Birds, which received a Carnegie commendation.
More about Penelope Farmer...

Other Books in the Series

Aviary Hall (3 books)
  • The Summer Birds (Aviary Hall, #1)
  • Charlotte Sometimes

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »