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Very British books for a 7 year old American girl

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PepeLePew Sat 07-Jan-17 12:04:55

I'd like to send some and am struggling to think of some lesser known classics. I've got White Boots (or whatever it is now called...) for her and am stumped. Looking at dd's shelves and all the much loved ones from that age are American - Harriet the Spy etc. Please inspire me.

bruffin Sat 07-Jan-17 12:07:16

enid blyton

YesThisIsMe Sat 07-Jan-17 12:10:05

The Worst Witch? Malory Towers? Harry Potter doesn't count as lesser known...

YesThisIsMe Sat 07-Jan-17 12:10:36

The Phoenix and the Carpet?

LIZS Sat 07-Jan-17 12:11:31

Just William, CS Lewis, My Naughty Little Sister, Teddy Robinson

Itscurtainsforyou Sat 07-Jan-17 12:11:36

Narnia books (some of the later ones are less known). Clever polly and the stupid wolf.

Hanser Sat 07-Jan-17 12:12:21

Pippi longstocking?
Just William?

LIZS Sat 07-Jan-17 12:12:42


elQuintoConyo Sat 07-Jan-17 12:16:14

Paddington Paddington Paddington!

winchesterfan Sat 07-Jan-17 12:17:19

Famous five, secret 7 & any other Enid blyton books

SittingDrinkingTea Sat 07-Jan-17 12:18:41

Noel Streatfield, Ballet Shoes is quiet well known but she wrote many more books.

GieryFas Sat 07-Jan-17 12:19:33

Susan Cooper The Dark Is Rising series. Rosemary Sutcliffe. Noel Streatfeild. Arthur Ransome.

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 07-Jan-17 12:20:09

When Marnie was there.
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 07-Jan-17 12:21:19

The Little Princess and The Secret Garden are v. British but not really lesser know. But to be fair, White Boots is a bit of a well known classic!

How about Apple Bough or one of the genuinely lesser known Streatfeild's?

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 07-Jan-17 12:21:58

Carrie's War
Sting of the Dump
The Diddakoi

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 07-Jan-17 12:22:39

Sittingdrinkingtea - White Boots that the OP has already bought is by Noel Streatfeild.

VanellopeVonSchweetz99 Sat 07-Jan-17 12:22:50

Pippi Longstocking is Swedish, sorry.

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 07-Jan-17 12:24:05

The Warden's Niece
Five Children and It

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 07-Jan-17 12:24:07

How about Milly Molly Mandy or My Naughty Little Sister?

SittingDrinkingTea Sat 07-Jan-17 12:24:09

And Olga da Polga books by Micheal Bond.

Ticketybooboo Sat 07-Jan-17 12:24:14

Malory Towers and St. Claire's series. Stayed up most of the night reading them they were so awesome. MT better than St. C though. Carries War was also a favourite.

SittingDrinkingTea Sat 07-Jan-17 12:25:33

Ah, okay I advised in error.

GraceGrape Sat 07-Jan-17 12:26:06

The Milly-Molly-Mandy books are very accessible for a 7 year old.

MargotMoon Sat 07-Jan-17 12:26:17

Definitely Ballet Shoes and The Worst Witch!

Pippi Longstocking isn't British! Swedish I think...

How about The Railway Children? The Naughtiest Girl series by E Blyton?

Or some feminist fairy tales? My mum got me Mizilca and Other Stories and The Clever Princess which I loved.

MargotMoon Sat 07-Jan-17 12:29:16

Back Home and Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. Back Home is about an evacuee returning to Britain from the USA so a good crossover.

Howie Gorby Plays Chicken and The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler, both by the same author (Gene Kemp?? Or have I completely made that up?)

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