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The Driftway by Penelope Lively 1972 HBDJ Ancient Road in England


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E.P. Dutton



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Ages 4 - 8


Penelope Lively

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THE DRIFTWAY By Penelope Lively Author of: Hounds Dragon Trouble Astercote Etc.... Ex-Library Book. Copyright: 1972. First Edition stated. Published by E.P. Dutton Co. Book Boards are in Good condition with light edge corner wear. Has library pocket and has several library stamps markings. 140 Pages. Pages are Clean Tight. Dustjacket is in Fair condition with some light edge shelf wear, sticker on spine. From the Flyleaf ...... The Driftway is an ancient English road over which cattlemen once drove their herds to market. Now it meanders along near a modern highway. But for those who travel the Driftway in a receptive mood it sometimes reveals past events----moments when ordinary people experienced severe trouble or great relief. . From School Library Journal Grade 3-5โ€“Penelope Lively's 1972 tale (Egmont Children's Books, pap. 1993) about siblings Paul and Sondra is brought to life through the meticulous narration of Hannah Gordon. The two children have run away from their new stepmother and are trying to get to their grandmother's house which is several miles away when they encounter Old Bill driving his horse and cart along the Driftway. The Driftway, an ancient road that runs from Banbury to Northampton, England, was used by many country folk to move their animals from pasture to pasture and has seen many battles over the centuries. Old Bill gives the children a ride, and Paul experiences some of the events that occurred along the road hundreds of years ago. He imagines encounters with a young boy who was orphaned in a Norse raid, a Robin Hood-like robber who is proud of his deeds, and a forlorn young girl who wanders aimlessly in the area. Each of these imaginary encounters helps Paul understand and appreciate his rocky relationship with his stepmother. By the time the trio reach their destination, Paul is ready to go home and resolve his problems with his stepmother. This old-fashioned story with a strong message is skillfully handled by Gordon. Her tone and pacing shift perfectly to indicate time and mood changes Multiple orders add .50 Per Book for combined shipping costs.

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