The Growing Summer

by Noel Streatfeild

On Sale: 22/07/2019



About the Book

During a summer spent in rural Ireland, four city children must learn how to fend for themselves – and try to hide a mysterious runaway… A classic children's adventure story from Noel Streatfeild for readers of 9+.

When Alex, Penny, Robin and Naomi's father travels abroad and falls suddenly ill, their mother must leave immediately to be with him. The children are left in the care of their one relative, Great Aunt Dymphna, who lives in a dilapidated old house on the Irish coast.

Aunt Dymphna is an eccentric old lady who talks in rhyme, eats toadstools and believes the seagulls give her the news. She leaves the bewildered children to look after themselves in a separate wing of the house, so the city children are soon out of their depth. Alex must learn how to catch fish, Penny works out how to cook – but the biggest problem arrives when a mysterious boy named Stephan appears on their doorstep and begs that the children hide him in the house.

Who is this strange, ungrateful boy? And how long can the children manage to keep him a secret?

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008313517
  • ISBN 10: 0008313512
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - GB
  • On Sale: 22/07/2019
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: 15.14 AUD
  • Age: From 8 years
  • BISAC1: Children's, Teenage & educational / Adventure stories (Children's - Teenage)


Mary Noel Streatfeild was most famous for her children's books including Ballet Shoes. She was born in Sussex, England, the second of three daughters of a local vicar. Her life is described in three semi-autobiographical novels: A Vicarage Family, Away from the Vicarage, and Beyond the Vicarage. Noel was considered the 'plain' sister in her family, but she shone in performances with her sisters for charity. Upon reaching adulthood she sought a career in theatre, and gained ten years of experience as an actress, working for the Charles Doran and Arthur Bourchier companies. Her familiarity with the stage was the basis for many of her popular books for children, which are often about children struggling with careers in the arts.Ballet Shoes has a number of connections to other Noel Streatfeild books and short stories. What Happened to Pauline, Petrova and Posy is a short story in which we are told a little about the way things turne

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