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Posted December 9, 2008
The recently retired schoolteacher Miss Clare points out to Fairacre schoolmistress Miss Read that this is the one hundredth anniversary of the school. Miss Clare thinks back to when the villagers celebrated the fiftieth anniversary and the numerous suggestions by the villagers on how to celebrate and honor that milestone before settling on a marvelous tea party. <P> However, soon history repeats itself, as everyone seems to have an opinion on how to celebrate the centennial. Miss Read would relish just concentrating on the gala event and the myriad of ideas, but she has distractions besides the welfare of her pupils to deal with. The school¿s skylight leaks will be difficult and expensive to repair. Miss Clare¿s replacement Miss Briggs needs seasoning, as she contains idealistic energy of youth not yet tempered by experience. Other villagers share unique problems with Miss Read, who thanks the heavens that custodian Mrs. Pringle remains as morose as ever. <P>VILLAGE CENTENARY is over two decades old but retains a freshness rarely seen in a long running series like the Miss Read Fairacre novels. The story line is a simple look at village life as a key milestone event is to occur. Heated arguments over what to do in a cozy environs seems so insignificant. That is until one thinks of some of the same types of debates in America such as the centennial celebration for the Statue of Liberty, the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence, and even the one-hundredth anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge, etc. Miss Read¿s tales are fun, insightful, invigorating, and universal. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 26, 2012
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