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No Way Of Telling

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The day they were sent home early from school because of a threatening blizzard, Amy rode with the other pupils in Mrs. Rhys's van to where the road ended, but from there she had to trudge by herself through the driving snowflakes to the Gwyntfa, the gray stone cottage where she lived alone with her grandmother, Mrs. Bowen. Once home, Amy knew she was safe. With a well-sto ...more
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Published June 1972 by Random House (first published 1972)
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I remember reading this book several times as a child. Probably the best review would be to confess that I would love to read the book again - now that I'm all grown up. That's partly because of the nostalgia for my childhood days, and partly because the book really captures a magic rural atmosphere and then draws the reader into a really thrilling plot.

My suggestion is to read it on a snowy day - I'm sure the reading will go on in the night as well :)

When Amy and her grandmother are snowed in by a blizzard in Wales, they expect to entertain themselves by listening to the radio and quilting. Instead, they are terrorized by an escaped prisoner and the men sent after him, and it is up to Amy to somehow make her way back to civilization to seek help - if she can survive the next storm.

I have never gone wrong with a Margaret K. McElderry Book.
This is one of my favourite books. There is something charming and beautiful about Emma Smith's style, and the dialogue is peppered with original expressions and phrases. I have read this book many times, and never grown tired of it. The characters are believable, and the plot, while straightforward, is gripping.
Mar 28, 2014 Kris rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A good story, with only a little plot hole in the end. Good characters and pacing. I really would have LOVED this had I read it as a young girl! The heroine is quite resourceful, yet very believable. Definitely recommend for YA readers!!
What a gorgeous little gem of a book! The writing is refreshing, realistic and witty. The story builds up into a crescendo of drama, which gives you time to fall in love with the characters. I would recommend this book if you love reading about human relationships and interactions. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Not bad for a backwoods library find. It resembled Louisa May Alcott's style, but it was not as refined. There were some interesting parts, but the book felt a bit light for me.
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EMMA SMITH was born in Cornwall in 1923 and was privately educated. In 1939 she took her first job in the Records Department of the War Office before volunteering for work on the canals; this gave her the material for Maidens' Trip (1948), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys M
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