Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child

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Nothing is going to stop Margaret Thursday from making her own way in the world -- not a horrible orphanage, a cruel matron, or even the fact she was named after the day she was found! Margaret Thursday grandly announced to the orphanage children, "I'm not properly an orphan. I was found on a Thursday on the church steps, with three of everything, all of the very best quality." And each time she was asked, "Who do you think you might be, then?" she had dozens of ready replies. Whoever she was, Margaret made herself the arch enemy of the cruel matron at the orphanage. Soon things reached such a dreadful state that she decided to run away from St Luke's, but not without Peter and Horatio, and her three of everything. So the children fled in the night to become the unlikeliest leggers ever seen on a canal boat. And Margaret proved that she was a person of the very best more

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  • 9+
  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 110 x 174 x 26mm | 181.44g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Collins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0006715060
  • 9780006715061

About Noel Streatfeild

Noel Streatfeild was born in Sussex in 1895. She worked as an actress for ten years in England, South Africa and and Australia before concentrating on writing. Her first book was published in 1931 and by the '50s she was well established with such titles as Ballet Shoes and White Boots. She was a prolific writer and was also a winner of the Carnegie Medal. She died in more

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Thursday's children who have far to go are Noel Streatfeild's baby, and here the foundling endowed with spirit, talent and pride is Margaret Thursday, left at the rectory with - as she is always telling everyone - "three of everything and of the very best quality." Also, 52 pounds have come annually for her keep. Now the money has stopped, the elderly Miss Camerons alone are too much for faithful Hannah, and Margaret, ten, must go to an orphanage. Without baggage, the rules say, all will be provided - but Hannah, thinking underclothes exempt, fashions three of the finest of each. Their seizure is Margaret's first grievance against matron; others stem from her responsibility for genteel Peter and Horatio Beresford whose sister, Lavinia, has 'gone into service.' And of course the children are underfed while matron pampers her palate and fills her purse. This Dickensian horror is only the first leg; escape will take the children to a barge and the mixed pleasures of "legging" (leading the horse), then to a theatrical troupe where Margaret triumphs as Little Lord Fauntleroy. Meanwhile the Beresfords, who had to be somebodies, are spotted ("spittin' images") as the grandchildren of Irish Lord Delaware - their mother ran away to marry a groom (who eventually ran away and left her). All this goes down with great ease, however much you want to throw up. The author anticipates trouble by referring to 'different conditions at the beginning of the century'; still, Margaret's very being is inseparable from her sense of social superiority. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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"Noel Streatfeild's position in the children's book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and real understanding of the surfaces of childhood. Her stories are rich in documentary interest and entertainment, escapism of a most satisfying sort." TLS "Written for unalloyed enjoyment. Authenticity blends beautifully with romance. Children will love it." Daily Telegraphshow more

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