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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"A Bunch of Cherries. By L. T. Meade.—As a writer of girls' school stories Mrs. Meade has made a reputation of her own, and she here gives us a very characteristic example of herstorytelling skill. The competition for a school scholarship, which is won by unfair means, is the central incident, worked out in Mrs. Meade's usual style. Of course, the culprit is eventually fou ...more
Published 1915 by Donohue & Company (first published 1898)
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Sandy King
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A well-paced book with an interesting plot. The ending felt very rushed, though, which spoiled it a bit. I felt sorry for Bertha, despite her behaviour. Her undoubted genius could never be recognised because she wasn't 'a lady' so she is cast off into obscurity, which is the most telling part if you ask me, because it demonstrates the author's prejudice against those who are not of her class. ...more
Review: A Bunch of Cherries by L. T. Meade. 3.5★'s

I loved the story which is listed for young adults and a classic. The original book was published in 1898, one hundred and nineteen years ago. The edition I read was published on May 16th, 2012. I think I might try to find an older addition to see how much the story was edited. At some time L.T. Meade used the pseudonym name of Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith. Meade (1844-1914).She was a profile writer of girl’s stories. She was the daughter of R
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Now this was better! I liked both girls this time, the bad and the good. I like Florence better though, and felt her pain keenly. To be so very poor, and for all her life. She just wanted to make her mother proud, and to be able to support her properly. This was a fantastic book, I found myself sitting up late reading last night. A great school story, and worthy of a five star rating
Peter B Creedon
The story was somewhat saccharine, like one of her other books. Florence was likeable. The other character, not so much. Really sucked that Florence cheated though.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children, adult women who like to read classic fiction
My absolute FAVORITE as a child, as much as if not more than Little Women, A Secret Garden or A Little Princess. Hard to find now.
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Mrs. L.T. Meade (Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Toulmin Smith), was a prolific children's author of Anglo Irish extraction. Born in 1844, Meade was the eldest daughter of a Protestant clergyman, whose church was in County Cork. Moving from Ireland to London as a young woman, after the death of her mother, she studied in the Reading Room of the British Museum in preparation for her intended career as a ...more

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