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Playing Beatie Bow Paperback – May 1, 2001
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Young readers might find this time-slip novel a little slow to start, even for a book published in the 1980s, but if they persist they will soon find themselves in a thoroughly absorbing, and often terrifying, tale. While it might have surprised Abigail that the undersized, illiterate girl who was always screeching "I'll punch ye yeller and green!" became someone of considerable importance, I doubt young readers will be surprised. Beatie Bow is a thoroughly unforgettable character and Ruth Park's prose is always a joy to read.
It made me sad to see the reviews here posted by students who were forced to "study" the book at school. This is a serious disservice to everyone concerned because all it's likely to do is turn young people against reading. Fiction should be for fun not for study.
This book is beautiful. It's evocative, passionate and has an elusive, mysterious aura about it. The characters are all loved by Ruth Park, even the obnoxious Beatie and the hypochondriac, Gibbie.
I loved the way Abigail was so independant, and so strong. I completely fell in love with Judah and I don't think Robert will replace him- not for Abigail or me, actually.
Ruth Park is a fantastic author so I would recommend other books by her, particularly the Harp in the South- a look at suburban Sydney in the 1940's.
For those of us who are avid readers, the book is just a delight, both in terms of language and plot. In addition, the story takes place in the old part of Sydney and gives us some fascinating insight into the Rocks area, both past and present. I won't say anything about the storyline - just get ready for some very nicely wrought twists and turns.
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I remember this book from when I was young, and I still love it. The reader is taken back in time to the late 1800s in Australia, as the character works through a few challenges. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Nicole
I've read this book twice. Even as an adult reader, still love the magic in it. A very stick-with-you classic.Published 23 months ago by Chick loves lit
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"Abigail Kirk was an ordinary enough fourteen-year-old girl, except that she could not understand the adults around her. Read more
10/12 - I loved this book as a 10-year-old and one small detail has stuck with me over the nearly 20 years since I last read it, and that was the significance of the crocheted... Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Sarah Frost
Abigail Kirk's life is about to be upended - in more ways than one. Her mother has just announced that she has been seeing Abigail's father again, the man who left the family for... Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Alpha Reader
Abigail is dismayed to learn that her mother and father are contemplating getting back together and moving to another country to make a fresh start. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Debnance at Readerbuzz
The book arrived promptly and in good order and condition. I am pleased to recommend this method of buying books as I have purchased here before and am satisfied with the service.Published on September 24, 2011 by M. P. Rofe
This is fantastically written. The language is creative and the structure is tight. I had to read it for a Children's Lit class and I loved it. Read morePublished on October 14, 2009 by turtleXings
A young girl follows a strangely-dressed urchin and winds up in Victorian-era Sydney. I love the sardonic 14-year-old protagonist in this. Read morePublished on November 13, 2007 by Pandora Spox