|Elizabeth Enright's Melendy quartet |
The Four-Story Mistake
Then There Were Five
Spiderweb for Two
This book, it turns out, was one of my favorites when I was young. I am fairly sure that I read the book, and its companion volumes, a least two or three times a year throughout my middle school years. I loved the characters, their antics, and their decidedly old-fashioned ways and language.
Written in the 1940's, the four book set is about a family of four siblings who live in an older home with a cupola on the roof, called the Four-Story Mistake. While their father is away away working for the government during World War II, the Melendy children--Mona, Rush, Randy, and Oliver-- spend an eventful summer in their new home making friends with other children in the countryside, especially the orphaned Mark Heron.
|S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders |
another favorite novel from my childhood
Reading the book again at 51 is surprisingly fun and entertaining. I'm finding that while I don't remember the story very well, small details bring memories flooding back. If you've not had the pleasure of rediscovering a favorite book from childhood, I strongly recommend that you give it a try.
Although I've thought of the characters over the years, I could not remember the title or the author and so could not find it. I assumed that it was simply one of the many novels lost in my mind. There are so many that I've read, that occasionally I even forget the story. I suppose this means I'll have to return to more of those oldies but goodies!
Works cited: all book cover photos from Amazon.com