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After Candlemas

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When Harriet goes to stay with a schoolfriend on the Dorset coast, she finds herself becoming involved with a young runaway named Birney, an escapee from a reform school who is hiding out in the sea-caves nearby. As the two become closer, leading to shared confidences and feelings, Harriet also attempts to discover the meaning and history behind an inscription she discover ...more
Hardcover, 121 pages
Published 1974 by Atheneum
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Dec 31, 2012 Jossalyn rated it it was amazing
love this author. discovered her when I had the ambition to read all the titles in the children's section of the library and started at A. love the Margery Gill illustrations about as much as the books.
Oct 29, 2009 Carolynne rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
There's a sort of recognizable formula to many of Arthur's books: I call them gentle Gothic romances: Our young heroine visits or moves to a new environment where she discovers something mysterious is going on, possibly triggered by some ancient custom or legend of the (usually rural or small town, British or Welsh) district. Sometimes she is stymied by the simple but kind country folk, who speak a local dialect. After a few frightening but somehow exciting moments, she figures out the cause of ...more
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Mar 25, 2014 Mary Miller rated it it was amazing
Other's can explain the plot. I read this over 30 years ago. Ruth M Arthur's work is worthy of finding, very much out of print, and EXTREMELY expensive!! If you can find her work buy them up!! Your children/grandchildren will thank you for having found them. Her work is tight, well written and reads like a current novel, allowing for the dated story be brought current. If I could afford her works, I would buy them all up, believe me.
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5/2011 Stet.

2/2009 Yesterday was Candlemas, so of course I had to pull this down from the shelves. I think it's one of Arthur's weaker books- not goose-bump-inducing spooky, not sweeping over generations- but it's a solid meditation on belonging. That being said, I was struck again by the decidedly intolerant feel of this piece where the witches are unrelievedly evil. I adore Margery Gill's illustrations. Arthur's sure hand with setting, as well as her precise ear for dialog, redeem the book for
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Working name of UK writer Ruth Mabel Arthur Huggins, long active as a children's author, her career beginning with Friendly Stories (collection, 1932). Most of her early work, like the Brownie sequence -- The Crooked Brownie (1936), The Crooked Brownie in Town (1942) and The Crooked Brownie at the Seaside (1942) is for younger children, but with Dragon Summer (1962) and A Candle in her Room (1966) ...more
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