The House of Arden

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'The House of Arden' is the story of impoverished siblings Edred and Elfrida Arden, who inherit a run-down castle. With the help of a magical Mouldiwarp, they must travel back in time to uncover clues that will help them win back their lost family fortune.
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Overview

'The House of Arden' is the story of impoverished siblings Edred and Elfrida Arden, who inherit a run-down castle. With the help of a magical Mouldiwarp, they must travel back in time to uncover clues that will help them win back their lost family fortune.
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The House of Arden will please E. Nesbit's many followers from her series about the Railway Children. Here the Arden family attempts to find the reputed family treasure, gone missing for generations, before Edred's 10th birthday-at which time he loses claim to it. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A good Edwardian wife, E. Nesbit (1858-1924) supported her family through the genteel endeavor of writing for children. Though the gentility is first and foremost in her well-bred narrator's voice, Edith Nesbit could not stop herself from writing some whoppingly fine adventures. Long out of print, this title is an excellent case in point. When ten-year-old Edred finds himself the new Lord of Arden—the proud possessor of a crumbling castle, but no money or lands—his twelve-year-old sister Elfrida joins him in a search for the mythical family treasure. Through the grudging help of Mouldiwarp, the noble family's heraldic symbol and in fact a little white mole, Edred must learn to be brave and kind and wise to become worthy of the treasure. In truth, young Edred is a wimp. It is his sister who owns all these attributes and dashingly displays them during forays into times past. The Napoleonic Wars and its smugglers; Stuart claims to the throne and highwaymen; London on the very cusp of the Gunpowder Plot which will forever immortalize Guy Fawkes—all are brought to stunning life as Elfrida uses kindness and common sense to make her way and, ultimately, remake her brother. As always with Nesbit's stories, the real treasure is a loving family. The children seem young by today's standards, a little precious, too, for contemporary blase kids. But once past the preliminaries, the adventures do take over. And if older readers cannot be conned into giving this period book a try, it is perfect as a read-aloud for younger children. 2006 (orig. 1908), New York Review Children's Collection, Ages 8 up.
—Kathleen Karr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477637746
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 6/13/2012
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 458,785
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) was an English author and poet whose children’s works were published under the name E. Nesbit. Born in London, she became active in politics, and in 1884 helped to found the Fabian Society. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, her best known including The Railway Children and The Story of the Treasure Seekers. Several of her books have been made into films.
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