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The Workhouse Child

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A generous impulse prompts Pansy to change clothes with a girl from the workhouse, beginning a series of strange adventures.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published 1976 by Puffin Books
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Deborah Ideiosepius  omnivorous reader
Nearly a three star, but not quite.

This is the story of a young girl (about 11? maybe 12) who goes on holiday to the seaside with her annoyingly superior know it all friend and her friend's bohemian, artist grandmother. I am not entirely sure that the friend, Atalanta, was written with the intention of making you want to strangle her, if so kudos to the author, if not it deserves to lose another half star.

Pansy, a gregarious extroverted type of girl, younger in behaviour than any kid I have ever
LH Johnson
Nov 01, 2012 LH Johnson rated it it was ok
This book promised a lot.

Pansy is on holiday with her friend Atalanta and her grandmother, the most bohemian Nonna. The three of them stay at the seaside and one day Atalanta and Pansy encounter the workhouse children on the beach. Appalled that the children aren't allowed in the sea, Pansy decides to swap clothes with one of them - Leah - to allow her to bathe. This triggers a series of events that result in Pansy going on the run.

The Workhouse Child left me a bit nonplussed. I picked it up af
Dec 15, 2015 Cassandra rated it liked it
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It was interesting. Pansy spoilt it for me a bit, because she was, especially at the start, incredibly dumb for a ten yr old. It felt like she had the cognitive capacity of a 6 or 7 yr old. This was mostly at the start though, she was a bit better by the end.
Jul 11, 2013 Felicity rated it liked it
This book wasn't bad. The characters were larger than life and once the plot got going it was easy to read. I've definitely read better children's books but this is appropriate reading and it educates you about historical events such as the Crimean war.
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