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The talking meme is here, and I'm still accepting questions if anyone wants to ask any.

[ profile] lost_spook asked: Do you have a childhood favourite book? (Or 3 or 5 or 10, as needs be!)

I have several!

Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Lost Prince.
FHB is better known for her other novels, but I always liked this one best. The version I had as a kid cut out the religious overtones so the book focuses more on Marco, his father, and his best friend. It's a really good adventure book and pretty wonderful to get lost in, though you can see the ending coming from about chapter 1.

I never liked Little Lord Fountleroy as a kid. It wasn't until I re-read it recently that the grandfather's snide sense of humour made it marginally more palatable.

The Princess at the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer.
This was the first Chalet School book I read. It was a present from one of my favourite relatives, my Auntie Vi, and I loved it. I have a great deal of affection for all of EMBD's books, and especially the Chalet School series.

Princess Elisaveta has been ill and her doctor recommends a boarding school for her. A boarding school where she can be anonymous.

The Chalet School is set in the Tyrol Alps at first and the series began in the late 20s. If you like boarding school stories, this is the best one I've read.

The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit.
If you've heard of E. Nesbit, you probably haven't heard of The Enchanted Castle. The Railway Children and The Phoenix and the Carpet completely overshadow it, which is a total shame. The Enchanted Castle is about 3 children who are stuck at school over the summer holidays and who find an enchaned castle and a princess with a magic ring that turns her invisible.

Okay, so the castle turns out to be a country estate that's open to the public certain days of the week, and the princess turns out to be the housekeeper's niece, Mabel, but the ring really did turn her invisible and now she's worried she won't be able to turn visible again...

It's available for free from Project Gutenberg too.

I also love her book Harding's Luck, which is a time travel fantasy, but I only read that one a few years ago.

Okay, I managed to pick 3 in the end.
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