The Children of the New Forest

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Is considered to be the first British historical novel written for children. It tells of the four Beverly children who are orphaned during the Civil War after their father dies fighting for the Royalists.

Orphaned when their Royalist father is killed during the Civil War, the four Beverley children are taken into hiding in a cottage in the New Forest and disguised as the grandchildren of a poor forester.

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Overview

Is considered to be the first British historical novel written for children. It tells of the four Beverly children who are orphaned during the Civil War after their father dies fighting for the Royalists.

Orphaned when their Royalist father is killed during the Civil War, the four Beverley children are taken into hiding in a cottage in the New Forest and disguised as the grandchildren of a poor forester.

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"I have faith that children will still feel the primeval pull of the forest and want to run their hands over the texture of that life, as rough as bark and as delightful in its detail." —Guardian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406556476
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,498,367
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Captain Frederick Marryat (July 10, 1792 - August 9, 1848) was an English Royal Navy officer, novelist, and a contemporary and acquaintance of Charles Dickens, noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story. He is now known particularly for the semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy and his children's novel The Children of the New Forest, and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling. From 1832 to 1835 Marryat edited The Metropolitan Magazine. He kept producing novels, with his biggest success, Mr Midshipman Easy, coming in 1836. He lived in Brussels for a year, travelled in Canada and the United States, then moved to London in 1839, where he was in the literary circle of Charles Dickens and others. He was in North America in 1837 when the Rebellion of that year in Lower Canada broke out, and served with the British forces in suppressing it. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his invention and other achievements. In 1843 he moved to a small farm at Manor Cottage in Norfolk, where he died in 1848. His daughter Florence Marryat later became well-known as a writer and actress. His son Francis Samuel Marryat completed his late novel The Little Savage. Marryat's novels are characteristic of their time, with the concerns of family connections and social status often overshadowing the naval action, but they are interesting as fictional renditions of the author's 25 years of real-life experience at sea. These novels, much admired by Joseph Conrad and Ernest Hemingway, were among the first sea novels. They were models for later works by C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian that were also set in the time of Nelson and told the stories of young men rising through the ranks through successes as naval officers. His later novels were generally for the children's market, including his most famous novel for contemporary readers, The Children of the New Forest, which was published in 1847 and set in the countryside surrounding the village of Sway, Hampshire.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    Best book I've ever read

    I love this book! It is definitely the best book I have ever read, and I'm still reading it over and over. It contains adventure, action, suspense, romance, and the struggle of four children left to survive on their own. I wish someone would make a movie out of it!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Highly Highly Highly recommended- read it, you'll love it

    I have read this book when i was much much younger in life i wasnt even a teenager yet and that is when the book was hard cover and red, with no pitcure on the front i love this book and read it so many time then that i have always looked for it, my mom gave it to me, so now that i have found it am getting it for my daughter hope she enjoys it as much as i did, am going to read it first. Desiree Jacobs. West Orange,NJ

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Emma here

    I have never read the book but i give 5stars

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Horrible, hard to read

    Too many typing errors

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 15, 2013

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    Wassup.

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