Kizzy Lovell is a gypsy girl. She has her gran and her horse, Joe, and she doesn't need anything else. Then Gran dies, her wagon burns, and Kizzy is left all alone - in a community that hates her....more
Kizzy is from a traveller family, she lives with her Gran in a wagon parked in the orchard of Admiral Twiss' country estate.
She goes to the local school and is taunted and bullied. When the time comes Kizzy can't live with Gran anymore some disreputable family members come to take her.
The rest of the story follows Kizzy through the following year and her problems with the so called respectable children. The story has a wonderful conclusion, perhaps some mig ...more
After reading it, I have always grown fond of characters and have come out enriched and with warm heart.
This is no exception.
It is a story about a girl who never gave up being herself. In spite of the taunts and bullying by the normal people (her own class mates) she remained what she is. She was not ready to give up anything of her own. She knew how to fight back and she fought back. That is the message of the book. But th ...more
Enter a kindly benefactor who takes her in when she is sick and orphaned and teaches her that not all humans are the enemy, and even those who are, can change.
So it's a short, pleasant read, one I would have enjoyed more while I was in the ...more
At the end of that day of sorting boxes I couldn't resist it, picked it up and started reading it again. In the early hours of the morning and half way through the book already I forced myself to put it down and get some sleep. Getting home the next day it took ...more
The book was also adapted into a children's TV series in 1976 (which is how I discovered it), but the tale itself is timeless. In short, ...more
But reading this was like going back to when books were not only good, but were magic, and were always going to work out all right.
I could use more of that. ...more
It does, as others have noted, have a bit of a fairy-tale ending, but it also has some very dark moments such as when Kizzy is beaten up by a group of girls from her school. This is a tale from before the days of po ...more
Oh, I adored this book! Heidi meets Annie meets Mr Blunden. It was clearly well researched and faithful to the truth of being a Gypsy/Traveller. It didn't glorify or over fantasise but it was also respectful and honoured the heritage. ...more
I loved this children's book. There are some great characters - not only Kizzy but the adults too. There are also some well-meaning characters who make mistakes ( ...more
The story is not a comfortable read at times, with the heroine Kizzy, the half gypsy 'diddakoi' of the title being bullied at school, losing her home when her Gran dies and so on. (There is more but I won't spoil ...more
Kizzy was a little gypsy girl, who only wants her wagon, her Gran, and her horse. Sadly, she loses all three. But somehow, no one can understand why Kizzy is upset after losing everything she cares about in the whole world.
The schoolchildren torment her, the adults want to punish her when she misbehaves, Kizzy accidentally destroys Olivia's house, but somehow everyone gets exactly what they ...more
I remember watching the tv series of this back in the mid '70s. To be honest I don't remember much of the story but it must have been something special as it stayed in my memory. So
When I found out it was available for kindle it was a no-brainer.
The story of the young half gypsy Kizzy is not a comfortable read at times. She is bullied and picked on at school and is not trusting of others as she isn't used to them. There are good people in the village too though who want to hel ...more
A short sweet story of a child making the transition from the life of a gypsy to living amongst Gorgios, or non gypsies. The ending is somewhat fairytale but still a good tale.
Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children.
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