Penelope Farmer published her first book of short stories for children, The China People, in 1960. The Summer Birds, the first of several books in which Farmer writes about Charlotte or her sister Emma, was published in 1963 and received a Carnegie Medal commendation. In addition to writing novels for adults and children, Farmer has edited several literature anthologies. She lives in London.
On her first morning at boarding school, a girl wakes up to strange new surroundings in this haunting fantasy. Ages 10-14. (Mar.)
"An intriguing fantasy."--The Horn Book ..".a book of quite exceptional distinction...the author has built a haunting, convincing story which comes close to being a masterpiece of its kind...not easily forgotten."--Christian Science Monitor A "haunting fantasy." --Publishers Weekly "Farmer writes with style. She is vivid in her depiction of place: on almost every page, scattered with colorful figures of speech, we are drawn into the school and the surroundings of the school through sights and sounds and smells and textures...above all we are moved by the depth and poignancy of the relationship between Charlotte and Emily."--Eleanor Cameron "This year's most haunting fantasy."--The Sunday Times "Farmer is always gifted in her grasp of possibilities that bring us up short with surprise and delight and satisfaction."--Eleanor Cameron