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4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
When Laurent’s father called him ‘a snail’ and sent him off to the mountains with four younger children to learn responsibility, he didn’t realize what a difficult task his son would have to face. For the children get buried alive as a result of landslide. No one knows their whereabouts and they have to live in a strange house in total darkness, with almost nothing to eat ...more
Published 1966 by Dell Pub Co
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Jun 19, 2013 CLM rated it really liked it
Enjoyable book about a group of French children, who get stranded over the Christmas holidays in a hotel in Monpierre.
While they sleep, the rain-soaked hillside collapses on the house, and the children are trapped. Unfortunately, no one is looking for them. When their vacation began, one of the children wrote happy messages on a stack of postcards and bribed a little girl in Montpierre to mail one to their parents every day. Thus, it is up to the children to rescue themselves - before it is too
Mar 28, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Pam by: My childhood School Librarian
I read this as a child and it really stayed with me.
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Oct 11, 2016 Phil A rated it really liked it
Set in circa 1958 France, when five children (ranging from about age five to fifteen) on their Christmas vacation are buried in a cabin by a landslide, first panic, then a calm, and finally desperation rules each individual's actions. Two goats wandering about in the dark underground rooms with the children cause confusion and filth. Miss Day tells the story almost purely through the dialogue (which seems natural) of the five, and in so doing, has wisely avoided over-written, foolish sounding ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
This was another reread of an awesome 60s kids' book! It basically tells the story of how these kids get trapped by a landslide and have to survive. It was cool how we sort of got to know all five of the kids. There's Laurent, who's shy and is on this trip to "come out of his shell" (although I don't think there's anything wrong with doing science experiments in your room), Veronique, who's also shy and gets out of her comfort zone, Bertille, who's annoying and doesn't obey and causes so many ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Suzieh rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a child and always remembered this story fondly. I couldn't remember the name of the book or the author so I did what you must do in that case.... I googled it. I put in some keywords, children, avalanche, Europe and eventually I was led to this book. I wasn't satisfied assuming it was the correct book so I purchased it from Amazon and voila! I was transported back to my childhood. The book even smells like the library :)
Apr 08, 2009 Gwendolynpatrick rated it it was amazing
This book was about kids who are alone in a house when a landslide covers it. It scared me as a child to think this could really happen. The children are siblings from very young to teenagers and they have some pets in the house with them. There were injuries and death in the book and it troubled me alot. I did find the book riveting and I think I read it in a couple of hours because I HAD to know what happened.
Mar 11, 2014 Colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
read this years ago as a little girl and happened to think of it today, which I think says something about the book in and of itself.A real page turner- I think it set me on the course of reading non-fiction travel and adventure that I pursue as an adult
Jul 19, 2016 Karine rated it really liked it
Je l'avais lu quand j'étais jeune et c'était devenu un de mes livres préférés, que je quittais rarement. Je l'ai relu avec beaucoup de plaisir... Un goût de nostalgie heureuse.
Dec 21, 2014 VLT rated it it was amazing
True story.
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