The Tale of Applebeck Orchard (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #6)

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After his haystack was torched, Mr. Harmsworth barricaded a common path through his orchard. But witnesses-both human and animal-claim a ghost perpetrated the deed. And the ghost has a message that Miss Potter hopes to figure out.

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Overview

After his haystack was torched, Mr. Harmsworth barricaded a common path through his orchard. But witnesses-both human and animal-claim a ghost perpetrated the deed. And the ghost has a message that Miss Potter hopes to figure out.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nikita Agrawal
From only the first three pages, Brian Jacques captures readers with The Sable Quean, the twenty-first novel of his acclaimed series, Redwall. Returning readers will satiate themselves with this action-packed adventure that follows the Sable Quean's ingenious plan to conquer Redwall, and new readers will delight in the brilliant portrayals of trust, friendship, and betrayal. With striking language, captivating new characters, and dynamic plot twists, Jacques has done it again! Reviewer: Nikita Agrawal, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Lucy Schall
In this charming, early-twentieth-century mystery setting, Beatrix Potter is the gentle life fixer, sleuth who encourages villagers, especially females, to realize their full potentials as she struggles against her own parents' selfish constraints. When the crude and abusive Mr. Harmsworth closes the village walking path, he upends both the human and animal communities. He claims that a recent fire that destroyed his haystack forces him to protect himself, but Miss Potter unravels his real reason—and the arsonist. In solving the puzzle, Miss Potter secures a position for the Harmsworths' abused niece, enables the granddaughter of the powerful Lady Longford to study music in a man's world, positions the spinster headmistress to accept a proposal from her secret love, and unmasks a ghost. Ultimately she deals with her own repressed love. The parallel animal society chapters confront similar competing demands of tradition, personal ambition, and coming of age. Miss Potter's life story, the attitudes of the Edwardian period, and the struggles of engaging individuals of differing social status skillfully blend history, mystery, and fantasy in a kind of Upstairs, Downstairs framework. The author often speaks directly to the reader and refers to the previous five series books. She provides an area map and character lists for both humans and animals. The tales will have great appeal for teens and adults, primarily females, who enjoy PBS mysteries and who rely on characters rather than cliff hanger plots to keep them pleasantly engaged. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425236437
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Series: Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 363,126
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Wittig Albert

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

Biography

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she now lives with her husband, Bill, in the country outside of Austin, Texas. In addition to the China Bayles mysteries, she writes the Victorian Mysteries series, along with her husband, under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books, LTD.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Albert, she revealed some fun facts about herself:

"My first job was selling ladies' undies at Woolworth's for 35 cents an hour in Danville, Illinois."

I learned to garden from my mother, who thought that the most important thing you did every spring was to plant the potatoes. I learned to read from my father, who never planted a potato in his life. Somehow, I managed to create a life and make a living between these two extremes. Happily, I haven't had to go back to selling undies. Not yet, anyway."

"I love living in the country with Bill, two black Labs, and a black cat. I'd rather read a book or write one than do just about anything else in the world, except maybe for gardening and sitting in a bathtub full of hot, hot water and bubbles. Or knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing -- I'm a fiber-arts fanatic."

"You can find out what I'm doing today (or what I did yesterday) by checking out my web log, at susanalbert.typepad.com/lifescapes (but there's no web cam, so don't look for me in the bathtub)."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robin Paige
    1. Date of Birth:
      1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Danville, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Really good book.

    Delightful book about Beatrix Potters life in the country. Part factual and part fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Romance is in the air!

    A very cute story with more attention spent on the people and creatures than on the happenings. I quite enjoyed it. It was nice to watch the two romances develop in Sawry and to learn about the marriage of Thorn, the badger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Mix of whimsy and mystery

    Albert's book aren't your typical mystery novels. They mix G rated mysteries with faeries and talking animals but not in a silly fashion. Humans cannot understand the critters but types in eith the tales that Ms. Potter's works. Lovely books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

    Romance For Beatrix

    I love these books. They are great for lovers of Victorian England. I find it very easy to believe in the animals as just as important characters as the people. It's great to see some movement in Beatrix romance with Will. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    Warm, cozy and enjoyable.

    I really love these stories. Cannot wait for the next one.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    highly enjoyable reading

    Susan Wittag Albert continues the vein of Beatrix Potter in writing a highly enjoyable book for all ages. I have loved Ms. Potter's writing since I was a child and have been delighted with Ms. Albert's handling of the characters. I have read all of them and will continue to do so when they be come available. I also enjoy Ms. Albert's other books: China Bayles is interesting, as are the books she writes with her husband.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    The Tale of Applebeck Orchard

    This sixth book in the lovely series of books "The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter - all fiction- is, like the others, "Family Friendly". I can imagine myself reading it to children. Its main character, Beatrix Potter, was a real person whose story revolves around real places in England, and whose life has a wonderful ending. I love the characters, the places, the animals, and the story which is gently unwinding from book to book. Susan Wittig Albert has the ability to draw you into the story, and make you feel like "you've been there" and you know everyone when you finish the book!

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Appealing Characters

    Albert's insight into the motives of her characters brings light-hearted twists to this sixth story based on the life of Beatrix Potter. Add to that the domestic dramas of the neighborhood animals, and you have an entertaining tale.

    So much is going on in Near and Far Sawrey. So many people feel trapped by their lots in life. It takes stepping out of their comfort zones for Beatrix, Captain Woodcock, and Will Heelis to make sure that the people of the Land Between the Lakes get what they deserve. (Good or bad, including themselves).

    The prominent narrator in this story does a splendid job of tying up all the loose ends in the community, including the lives of various talking animals.

    Both children and adults will enjoy this story.

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  • Posted July 1, 2009

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    Whimsical, fanciful and magical describes this precious tale

    In 1910 Miss Beatrix Potter is able to get away from her parents who are vacationing at a vacation spot in the Lake District. She goes to her properties in the Land Between the lakes, Hill Top Farm and Castle Farm, which is where her heart belongs. Miss Potter is accepted by the villagers as one of them although she is only a part-time resident.

    Trouble is brewing in the hamlet when Mr. Harmsworth barricades the foot path running through his property, Applebeck Farm. He claims he did it because someone lit a fire to his hayloft; either an enemy or a day-tripper (tourist to you non Beatles' fans). The truth is someone wants to buy his property but only if the foot path is closed. Miss Potter learns from Harmsworth's orphaned teenaged niece Gilly that she saw someone from her window in a cape with a cowl carrying an old fashion lantern. In between helping her friends, Miss Potter figures out who he arranged the sale to, but not before another fire ruins a place of business shocking the small community.

    Whimsical, fanciful and magical describes this precious tale in which the creatures of different species talk to each other and Bosworth Badger XVII owns the Brockery, an animal hostelry on Holly Hew where they come to relax. There is a bit of romance as Miss Potter and solicitor William Heelis begin to understand their feelings for each other although each tries to conceal their attraction as her high society parents would disapprove of him and for that matter any suitor as they plan on their only offspring to care for them in their dotage. Once again Susan Wittig Albert provides her audience with a charming cottage tale of Beatrix Potter.

    Harriet Klausner

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