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A charming tale of life in the Bell Family from the much-loved author of Ballet Shoes

'Well, little people, what's the news?

Meet the big, happy Bell family who live in the vicarage at St Marks. Father is a reverend, Mother is as kind as kind can be. Then there's all the children – practical Paul, dancing Jane, mischievous Ginnie, and finally the baby of the family, Angus, whose ambition is to own a private zoo (he has already begun with his six boxes of caterpillars). And not forgetting Esau, a sure fire competitor for the most beautiful dog in Britain.

Follow their eventful lives from tense auditions to birthday treats; from troubled times to hilarious escapades.

Includes exclusive material: In the Backstory you can find out which one of the Bell children you most resemble!

Vintage Children’s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from Peter Pan and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Reviews

Noel Streatfeild has that happy, skillful knack of turning her characters into real people – something which only really good novelists can do. A first-rate book

BBC Childrenâ??s Hour

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

Times Literary Supplement

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099583363

    May 1, 2014

    Vintage Children's Classics

    368 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook

    9781448182732

    March 6, 2014

    Vintage Digital

    368 pages

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Also by Noel Streatfeild

Christmas With The Chrystals
A Vicarage Family
Ballet Shoes
Circus Shoes
Tennis Shoes
Theatre Shoes

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