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Gemma and Sisters

(Gemma #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Gemma, once a child film-star in Hollywood, is living with her cousins in a small provincial town. Having thought that she would find it a terrible backwater, she now finds that her cousins are much more talented than she is! There's tremendous excitement in the Robinson household. Gemma and her cousins have put together an act using all their talents, and they're an insta ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Yearling (first published 1968)
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Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is second in the 'Gemma' series for children, and starts the morning after the previous book closes. It follows the progress of the singing/dancing group 'Gemma and Sisters', featuring four cousins and one or two friends.

The book also focuses on the family and their day to day life, as the parents raise their three very different children and provide a home for their niece Gemma. Lydia, the middle cousin, learns a difficult lesson in this book, and there are some quite moving sections
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The four Gemma books are an easy read, and effectively tell one longer story about Gemma's stay with the Robinsons. I know we're not supposed to like the Gemma books, because they are all modern; and my copies had the photo cover and the Betty Maxey illustrations, so they even looked a bit rubbishy. But I always liked the Robinson family, who lived in a fairly ordinary house like ours, and went to a comprehensive school like we did. Obviously we weren't as fabulously talented as the Robinsons an ...more
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Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another old favorite. Now they've formed the group, Gemma and Lydia are hoping for more performances, Gemma because she likes nothing more than being in front of an audience, and Lydia to dance in public. Only Ann would rather continue singing alone as she did in the past. But how to get gigs? Along comes Robin's friend Nigs with a plan! And Gemma & Sisters is off and running. Until disaster strikes . . . .

The only flaw in this book is that there are two Christmases without a summer in betwe
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have always loved Noel Streatfeild's books and as a child I got my library to ILL them for me or hunted through second hand book stores to find all of them. She tells the perfect "girls stories". I was always able to find one character in each book that was my favorite. They definitely stand up to re-reads.
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Not as well loved as the Shoes books but, I've always loved Noel Streatfeild.
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Gemma and the Robinsons launch a successful singing and dancing group while balancing school, extracurricular activities, and family life. A nice second installment in the Gemma series.
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Mary Noel Streatfeild, known as Noel Streatfeild, was an author best known and loved for her children's books, including Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes. She was born on Christmas Eve, 1895, the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple. Sister Ruth was the oldest, after Noel came Barbara, William ('Bill'), Joyce (who died of TB p ...more

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