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Book Title: The Roundhill|
The author of the book: Dick King-Smith
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Edition: Puffin Books
Date of issue: February 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780141303765
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 543 KB
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The year is 1936, and 14-year-old Evan is miffed to find someone sitting in his special secret place on Roundhill, a hill near his home in England. Gradually, though, as he talks to this strange, old-fashioned girl named Alice, he becomes intrigued. Why does she speak in riddles? Why hasn't she heard of the word "okay"? Why does she use the past tense when talking about her life? Aside from his initial observation that she looks just like Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Evan is slow to believe that his mysterious new friend could actually be that Alice.
This touching tale of loneliness and friendship moves well beyond the realm of ghost story or mystery. Using the quiet subtlety readers first were smitten by in Babe: The Gallant Pig, Dick King-Smith explores the world of a loner in a less-than-warm home: "Evan, growing up in this atmosphere, had never actually thought of himself as unloved. He merely supposed that his parents' upper lips were generally too stiff to allow of such an action as a kiss." Evan's fantastic encounter with the ghost of Alice provides him with a whole new angle on life. Illustrator Sian Bailey does a remarkable job of imitating and expanding upon John Tenniel's original pictures of Alice from Lewis Carroll's classic. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
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Read information about the authorDick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books.
Dick writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get enjoyment from what he does.
Among his well-loved books is Babe, The Gallant Pig, which was recently made into a major motion picture, and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Dick lived with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, about three miles from the house where he was born.
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