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When Marnie was There by Joan G Robinson. Reviewed by Banana Girl (11)

Most people know their relatives, especially their parents, grandparents, Aunts and uncles. I do. But this is most people, because some people don’t. People like Anna. Anna has been fostered by Mr and Mrs Preston – although she calls them Auntie and Uncle. One day she is sent to Norfolk to stay with Mr and Mrs Peggs, where she finds the Marsh House, an old abandoned house that overlooks the marsh, which feels vaguely familiar, and almost magical and mysterious. One day she meets Marnie, the rich but sad girl who lives in the Marsh House. And for the first time Anna feels that she has a friend.

The author Joan G Robinson was one of four, her parents were barristers, so probably hard working, and not at home a lot. Many of the books she wrote are about girls who feel unloved, like Anna. I this book tells you how important it is to have good friends, and not throw away any chances you might have of making freinds, like Anna did at the beginning. Studio Ghibli has made a film of this book, which I went to see and it is amazing ( if you get the chance go and see it ). It is almost exactly the same but with some character changes and it is set in Japan.

 If this book was measured on a scale it would be 11/10 even though that is technically impossible but never mind


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