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BoPeep, I've been admiring your collection for a while now, thanks for creating this group.
The titles I'm entering now are my toddler son's, by and large, as I try to build a decent collection for him.
My personal favourite is Monica Edwards. She wrote two series of teenagers on holiday adventure books with horses and boats and farms that start out looking like pony books Wish for a Pony and No Mistaking Corker but become much more involved. They are probably most similar to Arthur Ransome but I think have greater complexity.
One series is based around the Romney Marsh area in Sussex where she grew up, and the other near Punchbowl Farm in Surrey where she lived as an adult, but the series crossover quite a bit later on.
They are hard to get hold of, though Girls Gone By Press has started republishing some of the harder to find titles. I've only slowly been reading them as I can get hold of them.
And just a few people on Library Thing own them, and not many copies of them at that.
BoPeep, do you have more yet to be catalogued?
Romany Marsh series:
Wish For a Pony
Summer of the Great Secret
The Midnight Horse
The white riders
A cargo of horses
Hidden in a dream
Strangers to the Marsh
No going back
A Wind is Blowing
The Punchbowl Series:
No Mistaking Corker
Black hunting whip
Spirit of Punchbowl Farm
Fire in the Punchbowl
The Wild One
There are also some stand alone stories and some autobiographical/natural history titles.
I'm not sure if I catalogued my Wish for a Pony yet - ah, looks like I didn't. So it's probably still at my parents' house too.
The copies I have were my mother's, and I read them as a child. Now I'm about to share them with my six year old children - with some explanations, as the series is somewhat dated and very English. The plot is rather like Paddington by Michael Bond but I believe the Mary Plain books were written earlier. I am fond of both series.
or point me to it at Goodreads?
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