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Cousins, Classmates and a Dog Called Rover-bookcover

By: Rachel Larkinson

Cousins, Classmates and a Dog Called Rover

Pages: 74 Ratings: 5.0
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Susan lives with her mum and dad, her two younger brothers and her dog Rover in a remote village in the flat fen county of Lincolnshire. The year is 1956 and life is still hard after the Second World War. But the summer holidays are just starting, and Susan is looking forward to spending long, carefree days with her friends. Then she hears some news that changes her whole life. Two cousins, whose mother has died, are coming to live with her family from the northern city of Leeds. Sharing a bedroom with them is bad enough, but the cousins, called Maria and Juliet, are soon bored with life in the countryside and start to cause trouble at home and in school. A new kitten helps to bring everyone together, but just as things are settling down, a mysterious letter arrives from Leeds. Then a stranger brings some early Christmas presents and Susan wonders what is going to happen next. Will they all be spending Christmas together or not?

Rachel Larkinson grew up in the Lincolnshire Fens, attended Spalding High School and then read Classics at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Some years later, she was awarded a BD degree at London University and an MPhil from Sheffield. She has held posts in teaching and community work in different parts of England and lived for four years in Sierra Leone. She and her husband have three grown-up children and two grandchildren, and are now living in rural Hampshire.

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  • Alison Norris

    Steeped in the atmosphere from an austere 1950s, this story of a newly extended family in a fenland village captures interest on many levels. Amongst the detail of 50s' food and mealtimes, parental rules, school expectations of good behaviour and a household just managing is an engaging tale of family care and compromise.
    As family emotions swing to and fro after the stressful arrival of two young and bereaved cousins, each chapter ending leaves the reader eager to find out whether generosity and kindness will win the day.
    This is a story that will be enjoyed by older juniors and young teens, as well as by grandparents, who may well dip in and happily reminisce.

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