The Twins at St. Clare’s (St. Clare’s 1)
|Title:||The Twins at St. Clare’s (St. Clare’s #1)|
|Publisher:||Granada Publishing Limited|
|Tags:||fiction, juvenile, school stories|
|Description:||The two girl twins, Patricia and Isabel O’Sullivan, having just finished school at the elite school called Redroofs, are expected to move on to senior school. While most of their friends at their old school, two of them Mary and Frances Waters, are moving to the equally elite Ringmere, the twins’ parents are reluctant to send them to an expensive school as they are afraid the twins might become spoilt and snobbish. Furious at their parents’ refusal to send them to the school of their choice, the twins are determined to be as difficult as possible at St. Clare’s.|
The twins miss their favourite sports of field hockey and tennis because only lacrosse is played at St Clare’s. However, Pat turns out to be quite good at lacrosse. She is selected by sports captain Belinda Towers despite having defied her earlier.The twins soon make good friends with the other girls and play pranks on others in the school.—Wikipedia.
Enid Blyton (1897-1968) was a prolific English author of children’s books. Born in London, she began writing while still in school. Her first attempts at writing were rejected by publishers which just made her more determined to succeed. She trained as a teacher and in her spare time continued to write. Her first book, a collection of poems, was published in 1922. Her first series of books, “Old Thatch”, began in 1934 and eventually encompassed 28 books. In the 1940’s she began to churn out books sometimes three or four per year. By the 1950’s she was publishing upwards of 50 books per year. In all, she wrote over 750 books which sold over 600 million copies. While critics called her writing unimaginative and lacking literary merit, this did not stop her adoring fans from scooping her books off the shelf. Even after her death, her endearing stories continue to draw the rapt attention of children everywhere. (Enid Blyton Society)
Most of Blyton’s books were illustrated. Unfortunately, many of the illustrators are not yet in the public domain here in Canada. Each edition of her books frequently brought a different set of illustrations by a different illustrator. When possible, we include the illustrations from any edition where the artist is in the public domain. We have a few of her early nature books which we have chosen not to publish, as the art is integral to the book. However, most of her stories appear to be quite standalone without the art, and we bring them to you un-illustrated.