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THE CHILDREN OF GREEN KNOWE (GREEN KNOWE #1) by Lucy Maria Boston

I loved this book as a child. I loved reading about an old country house where mysterious figures flit about. I loved reading about Mrs. OldKnow who rules over the many beings attached to this house. I was always hoping I would be invited to such a house so that I could explore.

The children of Green Knowe include not only Tolly (short for Toseland) our 20th-century protagonist, but three children from the past: Toby (another Toseland), his brother Alexander, his sister Linnet, and their various animal friends.

This historical fantasy blends past and present, the tragic deaths of children in plague-ridden England of the 17th century with the more predictable life of the mid-twentieth century. The climax of the novel happens when a tree suddenly comes alive…

I read and re-read this novel over & over again when I was ten. Now that I am considerably older, I am glad to have a copy again. Five Stars.