dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #905
A.Hendon at BrooklynPublicLibrary.org
Mon Nov 29 12:29:32 EST 2004
Re: "Minnow on the Say:
No -- is it good? I have a copy of *Minnow on the Say*, which was a =
I looked at with Grave Suspicion as a child. :-)
and Jill answered:
I read it so long ago that I cannot remember. It certainly wasn't a =
book that I was inclined to reread. Glancing through it, the text =
reminds me of lines from Gidget.
It was published in 1962 by Whitman publishers. On the spine, it reads: =
"A Whitman novel for girls." The cover art features a pretty blond =
girl with a picture of a mermaid on an easel in front of her. The =
mermaid looks like the girl.
Would you like to borrow it?
And I reply -
how odd. This is by Philippa Pearce (author of Tom's Midnight Garden and
other great children's books that are not just for children.) The blurb
from Baker & Taylor:
"In an exciting story first published in 1955, David and Adam discover
adventure while traveling the River Say aboard their canoe, Minnow, as they
search for long-lost treasure.
Two English boys, David and Adam, spend the summer canoeing on the River Say
and, with just an old riddle for a clue, try to find a treasure hidden along
its banks by one of Adam's ancestors."
And this matches my memory - Minnow was the name of the canoe, the Say was
the river, and it was a boy-adventure story. I wonder where the girl and
the mermaid came from?
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