The Orchard on Fire

The Orchard on Fire

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Growing up in a picturesque but provincial English village in the fifties, eight-year-old April Harlency befriends an Irish girl who suffers the town's bigotry and a lonely bachelor who presses his affections on her

Blackwell North Amer
Set in the small English village of Stonebridge in the Fifties, this is the story of eight-year-old April Harlency's coming of age in a place where the charm of the local landscape contrasts sharply with the prejudices, vicious gossip, and vagaries of what we would now call child abuse.
As the Harlency family moves from their rented rooms to run the Copper Kettle Tearoom (poorly), their ex-landlord hangs a notice on the window: "No Blacks. No Irish. No Pets." April befriends the red-headed, energetic Ruby who lives above her parents' butcher shop where, as April says, "I learned the fate of Pansy Pig and all her pink litter and burst into tears." The two girls form an immediate and fast friendship.
April also befriends the lonely Mr. Greenridge who presses his unwanted sexual advances on her. To escape the pressures of daily life, April and Ruby find a hideaway in the middle of an orchard where, together, they build the "camp of our dreams."

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Growing up in a picturesque but provincial English village in the fifties, eight-year-old April Harlency befriends an Irish girl who suffers the town's bigotry and a lonely bachelor who presses his affections on her. IP.

Publisher: Wakefield, RI : Moyer Bell, 1996
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781559211758
155921175X
Branch Call Number: FIC Ma 1996
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 23 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 09, 2014

A gently told story of coming-of-age in a small English village. April and Ruby -- eight years old -- inseperable and loyal, but unable to share the secrets that menace their young lives. You will meet some wonderful characters in this compassionate and humorous novel.

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