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Philippa Pearce

  • 5 stars across 21 books
    Philippa Pearce was born in 1920 and spent her childhood in Great Shelford, south of Cambridge, where her father was a flour-miller. The village and the river that ran by the mill played a large part in shaping her stories, especially Minnow on the Say and Tom's Midnight Garden. For most of her adult life she lived within a few yards of her childhood home.

    After she graduated from Cambridge in 1942, she worked as a children's book editor, and as a scriptwriter and producer for BBC Radio. She won a number of awards for her children's books, including the Carnegie Medal for Tom's Midnight Garden. In 1997 she was awarded an OBE for services to Children's Literature. She died in 2006, aged 86."
    2nd April 2015

    Tom's Midnight Garden

    When Tom is sent to stay at his aunt and uncle's house for the summer, he resigns himself to endless weeks of boredom. A... More

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    1st September 2016

    Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel

    A beautiful adaptation of the classic novel. Renowned graphic novel artist, Edith, has created an enchanting version of ... More

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    4th September 2008

    Minnow on the Say

    It's a great discovery. Right there, at the bottom of the garden, bobbing on the river, is a canoe. The Minnow. David... More

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    28th July 2009

    Mrs Cockle's Cat

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    3rd July 2014

    A Dog So Small

    'Philippa Pearce - one of the finest children's writers of the 20th century' - Guardian In A DOG SO SMALL young... More

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    7th July 2016

    The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

    'Philippa Pearce's books are outstanding' - Guardian Sid, Peggy and Amy adore the two gerbils, Bubble and Squea... More

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    6th July 2017

    The Ghost in Annie's Room

    At Great Aunt Win's house, Emma is happy to sleep in her cousin Annie's old attic bedroom. But when bedtime comes she ... More

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    2nd November 2009

    A Finder's Magic

    A beautifully crafted fantastical mystery about a little boy called Till who loses his dog Bess. A mysterious stranger ... More

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    1st May 2014

    Amy's Three Best Things

    A wonderfully reassuring bedtime book about staying away from home for the very first time by two major children's-b... More

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    4th August 2005

    The Little Gentleman

    When Bet is first asked to go into the meadow and read a passage aloud from a book - apparently to no-one - she wonders ... More

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