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"First released in 1960, this book is able to reach a new audience thanks to its publication as part of the New York Review Books Children's Collection...the writing is lively and the events interesting...Great summer reading for ages 8 to 12." --Ottawa Citizen

“Ten-year-old Edie, rebellious, independent, is the mastermind for many breathtaking episodes, which keep her in trouble and everyone else on tenterhooks. Delightful reading.” --Parents Magazine

 

“Here is a new family as warm as Eleanor Estes’s Moffats, as full of reasonable ingenuity as the Swallows and the Amazons, and as painfully individualistic as Enid Bagnold’s Alice, Thomas, and Jane.” --Saturday Review

 

Terrible, Horrible Edie seems to me an admirable creation.” -Kaye Webb, The New York Times

 

“Here …is a story whose good writing, superb characterization, and high sense of the adventure of living make it as a must reading for boys and girls of 10 and up.” -The Chicago Tribune

 

“When Edie breaks out, there is always plenty of excitement…these episodes ring true…funny, poignant, and tender.” -Ellen Lewis Buell, The New York Times

 

“The most entertaining family in literature since the Bastables, the Cares of Summerton, Massachusetts, are in absolutely top form in this, the third book in a series about them.” -New York Herald Tribune

 

“The four Cares children [are] probably the most uninhibited youngsters in fiction since Richard Hughes wrote The Innocent Voyage.” -Ellen Lewis Buell, The New York Times

About the Author

Elizabeth Choate Spykman (1896–1965) was born and raised in Southborough, Massachusetts, and was the fourth child in a family of four boys and two girls. Following her graduation from the Westover School in 1914, she traveled widely and adventurously, spending a year in Germany and another in England. In the 1920s, she wrote for The Atlantic Monthly, describing a journey to the South Seas by tramp steamer and life in small-town New England, among other subjects, but it was not until 1955 that she published a book, A Lemon and a Star, the first of four novels about the Cares family, which include The Wild Angel (1957), Terrible, Horrible Edie (1960), and Edie on the Warpath (1966). Elizabeth Choate Spykman was married to the co-founder of Yale’s Department of International Relations, Nicholas J. Spykman, with whom she had two daughters.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children's Collection (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590173538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590173534
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robin Boone on August 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth Choate Spykman lived from 1898 to 1956 and wrote 4 books about the Cares children, which are thought to be autobiographical. They certainly have a vividness that endears them to the imagination and to the memory and are all four intensely readable.

A Lemon and a Star - 1955
The Wild Angel - 1957
Terrible, Horrible Edie - 1960
Edie on the Warpath - 1966 (published posthumously)

All are beautifully written and deserve to remain in print, and are classics in evoking their time and place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is NOT a baby-preschool reading level! It is a great middle school-jr. high level book about a rebellious 10 year old girl whose family is sent to summer on the coast of Massachusetts while her father and stepmother are off to Europe. It's great.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julian of Norwich on September 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
All four of E. C. Spykman's books about the Cares children are simply unforgettable--she was able to bring to vivid life the whole eccentric family. They are perfect for anyone from 8 to 88--lively, funny, endearing, delightful. And so beautifully written! This book is not merely good, but great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2012
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Growing up, the Edie books were among my all-time favorites and I read them over and over. I'm thrilled to see that this is back in print!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fizyka Pomaga on January 3, 2015
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I suppose people who grew up on the books reissued in this Collection will like them again, but I didn't grow up in the US and the books are very dated.
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