The third Little Village School novel.
Summer has arrived in Barton-in-the-Dale and as a new term begins at the little primary school, it's not just the warm weather that's getting people hot under the collar.
Meetings with the teachers from Urebank School to discuss the merger are producing more than a few fireworks, a disruptive new pupil arrives, set to cause trouble, and a surprising staff love affair is exposed. There's also a big school production of The Wizard of Oz to organise as well as an impending visit from the Minister of Education.
Head teacher Elisabeth Devine certainly has her work cut out for her. And that's just some of the drama set to shake-up the village. Throw in a sprinkling of secrets, shocking revelations, old flames, new liaisons, psychics, weddings and misfortune...there's plenty to gossip about this term.
©2013 Gervase Phinn (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
Wish I had known this was the third book in the series. A good story however but would have been better if I had listened to the two previous books. I was left up in the air about what was to happen to some of the characters at the end of the book. I assume all will be revealed in the next book (or at least some of it).
Inspiring, honest, captivating
The boy and the dog
This is good, I like this series of books and this is as good as the others I've read.
No, that would be a bit of a marathon
I would recommend this book.
The authors love of his characters brought depth to an otherwise very simple tale of every day village life.
The relationship between the head teacher and her brightess pupil is beautifully written.
As with any conversation based text the reader brings the characters to life in a way reading can never quite capture. Gervase does a wonderful job here.
again another lovely story by Mr Phinn, brilliantly read by the author. so easy to listen too and enjoy. heart warming Yorkshire class.
Lots to like
I don't know, but its a great story about life in a village with all its ups and downs
Oh yes, I laughed
Easy listen. Totally chill out stuff. Larger than life characters, wonderfully stereotypical but great fun. In a way totally predictable storyline but sometimes that's nice.
The characters. Brilliant.
I love his delivery and how his accent effortlessly changes from one character to the other. The accents bring this book to life. I can visualise every single one of the characters.
Laugh out loud on numerous occasions and a few tears too
Whenever I want cheering up .....This is the third in the series and I love them all.
Brilliant, as always. A cracking story told perfectly by the author. I couldn't help tears falling at the end of this book and I very much look forward to the next in the series. Gervase Phinn is a writer of gentle stories about village life in the Dales. They are written with wit, empathy, sorrow and happiness in equal measure. His endings are exactly as you want them to be and that leaves you happy and wanting more. The characters in these books are like friends. I miss them when a book comes to an end and wish the next one in the series was available now. I hope it won't be too long a wait for his next one carrying on from where this book ended. There is a lot of mileage left in this series. If you enjoy TV programmes like Where the Heart Is and Ballykissangel, then you will love these beautifully written and narrated books.
A gentle and moving tale of life in a small Yorkshire village told with giid humour and keen observation.
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