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A Little Fear

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  30 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Fed up with being treated like a child at the home for elderly citizens where she lives, strong-willed Mrs Tucker runs away - to live at her own pace in her own kind of home.

But she and her dog, Hector, have unexpected company at their lonely cottage on the Broad. Something that lights fires in the fowlhouse, and lures Hector to a fearful trap; something small and dark and
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 27th 1994 by Puffin Books (first published August 22nd 1983)
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Stef Rozitis
Mrs Tucker, the protagonist of this book is a likeable old lady with a core of steel and independence. In terms of being her story, it is an interesting and moving account as she battles the forces of nature but her real enemy is ageing (hence she wonders if dementia is stalking her). I was sympathetic with her need for independence.

The njimbin is something I don't know about, but I am worried she may have lifted it out of Aboriginal stories and if so her portrayal of it is problematic, as is th
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I had this read to me as a book in primary school. The story stuck with me and for many years I've tried to remember what it was called so I could read it again. I finally posted in the 'What's the Name of that Book???' group and had it identified. It was great to read it again even as an adult; it has a dark fantasy feel which why it appealed so much to me as a young child. The most memorable stories often have a certain taint to add a little bit of black spice :-)

It's a shame it's so hard to g
Anna Hepworth
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is a slender volume, ostensibly a children's horror story. Set in the Australian countryside, it portrays the confrontation between an elderly woman who runs away from her well meaning family to live on a farm inherited from her recently deceased sibling, and the cranky land spirit who claims the land. I found it very chilling, and a depressing depiction of the way that us white folk take possession and assume that this is good. Incredible use of Australian mythology and landscape, wonderfu ...more
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be classed as Children's Literature, but as an adult I loved it anyway.
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Winner of the Dromkeen Medal (1984).
Patricia Wrightson is one of Australia's most distinguished writers for children. Her books have won many prestigious awards all over the world. She was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in 1977, the Dromkeen Medal in 1984 and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1986, all for her services to children's literature. She is a four-time winner of the A
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