The Wind on the Moon [NOOK Book]



Major Palfrey is leaving for the wars, and he tells his two girls, Dinah and Dorinda, to be good while he is gone. But the sisters aren’t sure they can be. As Dorinda explains, “When we think we are behaving well, some grown-up person says we are really quite bad. It’s difficult to tell which is which.”

Sure enough, the sisters are soon up to ...
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The Wind on the Moon

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Major Palfrey is leaving for the wars, and he tells his two girls, Dinah and Dorinda, to be good while he is gone. But the sisters aren’t sure they can be. As Dorinda explains, “When we think we are behaving well, some grown-up person says we are really quite bad. It’s difficult to tell which is which.”

Sure enough, the sisters are soon up to their usual mischief. They convince a judge that minds must be changed as often as socks, stage an escape from the local zoo (thanks to a witch’s potion which turns them into kangaroos), and—in the company of a golden puma and silver falcon—set off to rescue their father from the wicked tyrant of Bombardy. Penned at the height of World War II, this tale of hilarity and great adventure is also a work of high seriousness; after all, “life without freedom,” as the valiant puma makes clear, “is a poor, poor thing.”

In the English village of Midmeddlecum, sisters Dinah and Dorinda struggle to keep their promise to try to be good when their father goes off to war, but they soon get into a great deal of mischief.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Hand it to your youngest and he will undoubtedly be highly entertained by the saga of Dinah and Dorinda and their misdeeds; give it to your best friend and he will be entertained by the delicate satire on every page."
The Boston Globe

"A wildly eccentric adventure of two sisters who set out on a complicated mission to rescue their father from prison in an enemy country. With a motley crew of characters, including not only the obligatory governess but also a splendid dancing master, this is a gloriously unpredictable tale of escalating bad behavior, magical transformations, slapstick humor, sophisticated satire and, throughout, a war-time preoccupation with food, involving irresistibly detailed lists."
The Guardian

"Eric Linklater’s The Wind on the Moon (1944), winner of the Carnegie Award, is a wildly inventive fantasy that just begs to be read aloud.”
The Horn Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590174333
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 9/7/2011
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,292,619
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

ERIC LINKLATER (1899-1974) was born in Wales but grew up in the Orkney Islands. He served as a sniper in the First World War, from which he returned to study English at the University of Aberdeen. In the course of a busy life, he worked as a journalist for The Times of India, stood as a candidate for the National Party of Scotland, commanded a wartime fortress in his native Orkneys, searched out lost Italian art after the Second World War, and served as rector of his alma mater. He was also celebrated as a writer. Among his books are Juan in America, a comic picture of Prohibition-era America, Private Angelo, the story of an Italian peasant in the Second World War, several satires, a history of Scotland, a study of the Icelandic Sagas, and another acclaimed  book for children, The Pirates in the Deep Green Sea.

The Wind on the Moon began as a story Linklater told his two daughters when they were caught in the rain on a walk. As his son describes it, “It was so good, such a wonderful and entrancing tale, that they begged him to write it down, and so he did.” The book later won the Carnegie Medal and was nominated for best book of 1944. “Those dear children, bellowing their anger,” wrote Linklater about his daughters’ role in inspiring the story. “How grateful I was!”

NICOLAS BENTLEY (1907-1978) was an artist and author, and the art director for the publishing house Andre Deutsch, Ltd. He drew many pictures for magazines and books, including an early edition of T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and was a well-known wit. Humor ran in his family: his father, Edmund Clerihew Bentley, invented the comic verse form known as a “clerihew”:

George the Third
Ought never to have occurred.
One can only wonder
At so grotesque a blunder.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2006

    Wind on the Moon

    This book is about two children, Dinah and Dorinda. There is a wind on the moon, and Dinah and Dorinda's father warns them that if they are mischevious the wind will seep into their hearts, and they will be naughty for a long time. They don't listen to him and are drawn into a world of adventure. They even get stuck at the zoo. This book is very silly and humorous, although at some parts it is quite serious. So, if you like silly bizar books you should read Wind on the Moon.

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