Tom and Maggie

Tom and Maggie

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Realistic but humorous short stories set in present-day Liverpool about the colorful adventures of Tom, his blind sister Maggie, and their Grandma. Nobody has much money, but they all manage somehow to have a good time. "The book gives us pictures of Maggie whose blindness does nothing to suppress her high spirits, her affectionate and mischevious brother and a host of supporting characters salty, eccentric, and most diverting." -- Growing Point (England)show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 124 pages
  • 140 x 220 x 16mm | 265g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192715445
  • 9780192715449

Review Text

Two children living with their Gran outside Liverpool survive poverty - with humor, warmth, and grit - in these ten appealing short stories, the author's first book. Memorable characters and plenty of action, should hold attention through the unfamiliar British expressions. Fine old Gran has firm standards, a salty tongue, a strong sense of family, and plenty of love; she has cared for the children since their parents left " - fly-by-nights, the pair of them. Upped and gone. . .looking for the crock 'o gold." Her task is not easy: the money from social security is meager, and the social worker wants to put blind Maggie in a special school and move the family from its decaying house to a Council flat. But Tom is full of pluck: he gets hard-drinking junk. dealer Mulvaney to help him clear out trash to make a safe play area for Maggie, and has other experiences as various as being rescued from a cave, helping the police catch a crook, attending a funeral, making a rocking horse for Maggie, and being part of a cricket team that casually includes a black girl as one of its best players. A sharply perceived, nonjudgmental look at British kids as many of them really are; a good read. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About Dorothy Horgan

Dorothy Horgan was born and brought up in the North- west of England where these stories take place.show more