Astercote by Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively


Penelope Lively

159 pages first pub 1970 (editions)

fiction childrens fantasy reflective slow-paced


Astercote village is dead, its ruins lie hidden in the murky wood. Mair and her brother, Peter, come upon the deserted village by accident and there meet a youth who tells how the village was destroyed by the Black Death. They also learn of a long...

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adventurous 50%
dark 50%
emotional 50%
funny 50%
hopeful 50%
inspiring 50%
mysterious 50%
tense 50%


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