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Emma in Winter (Aviary Hall #2)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  5 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
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Penni Russon
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.
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
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.
It's very good, but lacks the clear focus of The Summer Birds and the depth of Charlotte Sometimes.
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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.
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