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The House at World's End (World's End #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  134 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Carrie, Tom, Em and Michael Fielding encounter unexpected adventures when they are sent to live with their uncle and aunt after their house burns down. While their father is away and their mother is in hospital, they are left in the care of Uncle Rudolph who is unused to children and decides to let them live at World's End, a ramshackle house which was once an inn. Free at ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Bloomsbury Reader (first published 1970)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Imagine the Boxcar Children with living but absent parents, and no rich grandfather in the offing. Instead of the unknown rich grandad, they have the all-too-well known Uncle Rupert and his unpleasant wife Valentina, who are the sort of people who do their duty. Trouble with that is, it leaves no room for kindness.

A house fire leaves Mum in the hospital and the children homeless, while Dad is far away sailing round the world in a boat he built himself. Why, is never discussed. After one too man
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Pop Bop
Sep 07, 2016 Pop Bop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Living End

Take four kids who are on their own because Dad's sailing the world and Mom's in hospital. They're with Uncle Rudolph because their house burned down. (That's why Mom's in hospital.) Uncle Rudolph has gotten stuck with a ramshackle former inn at Wood's End, (so far out that it's called World's End), and he thinks it's a capital idea to let the four kids live there, alone, and out of his hair. That's the set-up, and it's a wonderful way to start a jolly holiday family adventure. If
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Pop Bop
Aug 11, 2016 Pop Bop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Living End

Take four kids who are on their own because Dad's sailing the world and Mom's in hospital. They're with Uncle Rudolph because their house burned down. (That's why Mom's in hospital.) Uncle Rudolph has gotten stuck with a ramshackle former inn at Wood's End, (so far out that it's called World's End), and he thinks it's a capital idea to let the four kids live there, alone, and out of his hair. That's the set-up, and it's a wonderful way to start a jolly holiday family adventure. If
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Jenna Anderson
Jan 27, 2013 Jenna Anderson rated it really liked it
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A Cute Story of Adventurous Children and Animals

Monica Dickens is the great granddaughter of Charles Dickens. No wonder she is such a wonderful author.

This story is about four siblings who must fend for themselves while their father is sailing around the world and their mother is in the hospital. Tom, Carrie, Em, and Michael do not have a home - it burned to the ground! And their stuffy aunt and uncle do not wish to care for them any longer.

One day they are on an outing to The House at World's
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Katy Noyes
Apr 08, 2013 Katy Noyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A story with lots of charm. A perfect story for those who like Blyton/horses/anything where children are fending for themselves happily.
More could have been made of Michael's quite severe dyslexia, the reader probably won't understand fully why he writes and reads as he does and the teachers' reactions to it.
Even today I think there's still a place for sweet stories like this.
Bron Lloyd
Dec 30, 2012 Bron Lloyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been loaned the 'World's End' books by a friend and this is the first in the series. I really enjoyed it and am now working my way through the rest of the books. I love Monica Dickens' writing and don't know this series passed me by as a child. Improbable situation but funny, quirky writing and great characters.
Karen
Aug 31, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written by the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, and it shows. I must have read this when I was younger, because I had s feeling of deja vu reading it. It reminds me of the Boxcar Children series as well.
Jaz
Got a hold of the ebook series a while ago. Finally finished today after forgetting it for a couple weeks. Good read if you like animal / family stories. Not as amazing as when I read it when younger but is anything really. Still a nice read.
Victoria Radford
A perfectly workable children's story of nature, animals and self-sufficiency. I'd have loved this as a child, though it very much falls under the category of re-read for nostalgia purposes than something that has lasting appeal, I think.
Austen to Zafón
I was pre-reading this for I my son, but I could already see it's going to be quite a few years until he's ready for it, so I'll finish later.
Shanna_redwind
I remember loving this book as a child and reading it several times.
Sophie
Jun 22, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of book I'd have loved as a child but read more cynically as an adult.
K.l.
Nov 29, 2016 K.l. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
most unbelievable family ever, just adopting animals left and right with no worries. I would love this life!
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From the publisher: MONICA DICKENS, born in 1915, was brought up in London. Her mother's German origins and her Catholicism gave her the detached eye of an outsider; at St Paul's Girls' School she was under occupied and rebellious. After drama school she was a debutante before working as a cook. One Pair of Hands (1937), her first book, described life in the kitchens of Kensington. It was the firs ...more
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