The Bulletin of the Center for Children's
The Bulletin Dozen
The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly theme-based list of
titles. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the
Bulletin, we thought we'd adopt their
philosophy of generosity and throw in an extra one or two when we have
them to offer.
New This March: Forgotten Fantasy
My role this month is to act as a sort of fairy tale dwarf, a miner of
gems that sit forgotten on library shelves. This is a peculiarly arbitrary
list as the titles included are here because I remember them with great
fondness as "transportation books"- books that transport the reader out
of the present and into other worlds more romantic, exciting, and
sometimes dangerous. Published at least fifteen years ago, these titles
are old enough to need an introduction to a new generation. Grab a torch
and go mine your shelves- you'll be surprised at the treasures you'll
--Janice Del Negro, Editor
- Chase, Mary Loretta Mason Potts.
Loretta, a somewhat recalcitrant adolescent, rejects
her everyday life in favor of a manipulative bewitchment (Gr. 5-8; see
also The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Park).
- Farmer, Penelope. Charlotte Sometimes.
Charlotte can change places--and times--with the girl
who used to sleep in her boarding school bed in the year 1918 (Gr. 4-6).
- Garner, Alan. The Owl Service. Walck,
Three teenagers become unwilling participants in the
re-enactment of an ancient romantic triangle (Gr. 9-12).
- Goudge, Elizabeth. Linnets and Valerians.
Four siblings run away from their stern grandmother and find adventure and
magic with their great-uncle (Gr. 6-10; younger for reading aloud).
- Hamilton, Virginia Sweet Whispers, Brother
Rush. Philomel, 1982.
Teenage Tree discovers the secret of a
family tragedy through ghostly visits from her mother's dead brother
(Gr. 7-12; see also The House of Dies Drear ).
- Hunter, Mollie. A Stranger Came Ashore.
Only Robbie suspects that the mysterious stranger courting his sister is
really a selkie who wishes to carry her off to his undersea home (Gr.
6-12; see also The Mermaid Summer and The Wicked One ).
- Langton, Jane. The Diamond in the Window.
Eleanor and Eddy discover a strange "window" that helps them solve the
mysterious disappearance of two children and a prince (Gr. 4-6, younger
for reading aloud; see also The Swing in the Summerhouse and
- Mahy, Margaret. The Haunting. Atheneum,
Eight year old Barney's nightmares are chasing him- and they're getting
closer. This little gem is often overlooked in favor of Mahy's The
Changeover, which is aimed at a much older audience (Gr. 4-6,
younger for reading aloud).
- Picard, Barbara Leonie. The Faun and the
Woodcutter's Daughter. Abelard-Schuman, 1964.
Lest you think that literary fairy tales began with McKinley and McKillip,
here is a collection of exceedingly romantic tales that would make a
subtle addition to a romance display or booklist (Gr. 6-12).
- Pope, Elizabeth Marie. The Sherwood Ring.
The stories of three romances, from the American Revolution to the
present, satisfactorily combine with history and ghosts when orphaned
teenager Peggy Grahame goes to live at the "ancestral estate" and meets
some of her relations- from 200 years ago (Gr. 6-10; see also The
- Preussler, Otto. The Satanic Mill.
Fourteen year old Krabat, miller's apprentice, discovers that the miller
is a practitioner of black magic, and his apprentices are souls enslaved
- Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. A Season of Ponies.
Young Pamela discovers a herd of magical ponies and becomes friends with
the boy who loves them in time to save them from the evil Pig Woman (Gr.
4-6, younger for reading aloud).
- Wrightson, Patricia. The Nargun and the Stars.
In the far north of Australia, young Simon befriends the "unseen" spirits
that haunt the land, until he stumbles upon the Nargun, a primeval being
with malevolent intent (Gr. 6-10).
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