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Mr. Mc Fadden's Hallowe'en

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"I shall be a good witch," said Selina to her older sister.

"There's no such thing," said Muffet.

"There will be when I'm one," said Selina.

So begins an extraordinary and evocative tale of life on the Scottish Border. Filled with no-nonsense sentiment, Mr. McFadden's Halloween concerns an inheritance, a small pony called Haggis, a cantankerous but kindly old man, and an aban
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Hardcover, 150 pages
Published by Not Avail (first published October 6th 1975)
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Julie Davis
"Mr. McFadden, would you give us each a turnip?"

"What on airth would ye be da'en wi' a neep?"

"I think you know," said Selina. "You know it's Hallowe'en."

"Hallowe'en," echoed Tim. His eyes were bright as he thought of it.

"Never heard of it," said Mr. McFadden.

"You have," Selina was unperturbed. "There's no one in Scotland who hasn't and you know what we do with the turnips." Tim could not be expected to know. "Because he hasn't been here," said Selina. "We hollow them out," she told Tim. "Hollow
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Laura Bang
Lovely story about some misfits who fit into each other's live in all the right ways. Which is a pretty standard basic story, but Godden tells it beautifully, set in the rural Scottish borderlands, with wonderful use of Scottish brogue (there's no glossary so you're on your own if you don't know what the words mean, but they're clear enough in context) and a nice look at local traditions (such as carving turnips for Hallowe'en). Most of all, what a wonderful cast of characters! I love Selina and ...more
Stephanie
Oct 07, 2007 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who enjoy sobbing themselves to sleep
This is one of Rumer Godden's lesser-known children's books, so I didn't know what to expect when I checked it out of the library. From the very first page, it captured my heart. The misfit heroine, her animal friends, the Scottish backdrop...I loved it all. The heartwrenching climax reduced me to a blubbering mass of jelly. Nobody depicts the cruelty of children as unswervingly as this writer. She puts her young heroes and heroines in the path of real danger, laying their vulnerability bare. Fo ...more
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Found this reading the shelves in the Education Resources Center. Slighter, and less ambitious than many of the other books in my recent Halloween themed push, Mr. McFadden's Hallowe'en was still deeply moving and involving. Something akin to It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Godden doesn't reach, but somehow despite that, or because of that, she achieves something wondrous.
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She was born in Sussex, England, but grew up in India, in Narayanganj. Many of her 60 books are set in India. Black Narcissus was made into a famous movie with Deborah Kerr in 1947.

Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children.

For more information, see the official website: Rumer Godden
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