23/04/2004

Apple Bough

A delightful children's book by Noel Streatfeild.

The Forum family have been travelling around the world for a couple of years. Twelve-year-old Sebastian is a higly gifted violinist and has a contract to play in various cities internationally. His parents love seeing the world, but their other children long for a home like their old house 'Apple Bough'. When they go to stay with grandparents in Devon during a break, they begin a plan called 'Operation Home', helped by one of the children getting an unexpected part in a film.

A lovely nostalgic book of family values, with some humour and several very moving sections. A pleasant conclusion; recommended for anyone of eight and over, but in my view even more enjoyable from an adult perspective. See 'Operation Home' for a longer review.

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