The House of Arden

The House of Arden

by E. Nesbit
     
 

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With the Arden family castle in ruins and the family treasure lost for generations, Edred Arden is graced with the chance of a lifetime just prior to his tenth birthday. When he inherits the title of Lord he discovers that if he can find the lost family treasure before he turns ten, it will be his. With his sister Elfrida at his side, Edred sets out on a magical…  See more details below

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With the Arden family castle in ruins and the family treasure lost for generations, Edred Arden is graced with the chance of a lifetime just prior to his tenth birthday. When he inherits the title of Lord he discovers that if he can find the lost family treasure before he turns ten, it will be his. With his sister Elfrida at his side, Edred sets out on a magical time-travelling quest to restore the House of Arden to its former glory. Fans of Edith Nesbit will delight in this wonderful children's story of fantastical adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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
From the Publisher
“I love E Nesbit — I think she is great and I identify with the way that she writes. Her children are very real children and she was quite a groundbreaker in her day.”J K Rowling

“[Nesbit] could present everyday people caught up in supernatural situations just as naturally as she permits the realistic details of everyday life to obtrude into her world of fantasy.”—Horn Book

“A good case could be made for E. Nesbit as the best writer for children ever.” —Washington Post Book World

“For many readers - H.G. Wells and Laurence Houseman, G.K. Chesterton and Noel Coward - for these and thousands more, the most magical stories of modern times are those by that Edwardian wizard E. Nesbit…To come upon any Nesbit today, hitherto unread,…is like receiving a letter from a friend whom you have believed dead….It doesn't really matter what her children do, they are real children, quite self-sufficient, almost always very funny and rarely insufferable. 'The reason why those children are like real children,' explained Miss Nesbit, 'is that I was a child once myself, and by some fortunate magic I remember exactly how I used to feel and think about things.' And she could have gone on to say, 'The reason why I write some of the best magic books in which anything, even miracles, can happen and everyone believes in them, is because I know that anything, even miracles, can and do happen all the time.'”—Leo Lerman, The New York Times

"For younger readers, or for read-alouds, I can't resist pointing out the elegant new hardcover edition of children's lit matriarch E. Nesbit's The House of Arden ...Nesbit's breezy voice, air of camaraderie and nascent feminism, as well as her sense of humour give House of Arden great liveliness and verve... Innovative in her time, Nesbit's keen sympathy for children's feelings and humorously practical take on the results of magic are still refreshing." —The Toronto Star

"New York Review Books deserves a medal for its burgeoning collection of reissues of out-of-print children's books, books that need to see the light of day in the hands of a new generations of readers, books such as T. H. White's Mistress Masham's Repose, Wee Gillis, by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson , a slew of books by Esther Averill and, of course, the incomparable Ms. Nesbit's The House of Arden... Magic, mayhem and time travel ensue... The book is a treasure itself, a slice of Edwardian life..." —The Globe and Mail

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627937771
Publisher:
Start Classics
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Series:
Start Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
175
File size:
355 KB

Meet the Author

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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