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The Roundhill

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
She was an intruder to him at first. After all, the Roundhill is Evan's secret place -- the spot he escapes to on school holidays. He doesn't want to share it with a strange girl in such old-fashioned clothes. But Alice has an intriguing way of knowing things -- about him, about his house -- that he has never told her. Odder still is that the more she talks about herself, ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 14th 2000 by Crown Books for Young Readers (first published 2000)
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One of Dick King-Smith’s last books, The Roundhill is a quaint yet mysterious story about a fourteen year old boy, Evan, who makes an unusual friendship. My daughters grew up on King-Smith’s stories, especially the Sophie series (Sophie Hits Six, Sophie Is Seven) which came out just ahead of their ages and described a little tomboy who loves animals and wanted to be a lady farmer. In this story, ‘the roundhill’ is the setting as well as Evan’s secret place; nostalgic to anyone who had his/her ow ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Dayna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting so much out of this little book, and I ended up being so disappointed. Maybe I missed the point. Maybe an eight-year-old would love it. The premise is so wonderful, an English boy in the 1930s meets a little girl just like Alice from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." King-Smith could have done so much with that, and it just fell flat! Also, I was interested to see where he went with the whole atheism thing, and I started out thinking that it was fascinating how the Roundhill ...more
May 26, 2015 JJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To Evan, the Roundhill is a magic place that belongs to him alone. Then one summer he meets someone else there - a girl who loves the Roundhill as her much as he does. Her name is Alice, and the more Evan learns about her, the more mysterious she becomes...

Set between two world wars, this is a charming and nostalgic ghost story.
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very disappointing. at least it was short.
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Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books.

Dick writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get
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