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  • I'm happy it's on the list, because I like it, but where is Some of the Kinder Planets by Wynne-Jones, and Badger on the Barge by Howker?

    Betcha can't read just one

  • There's a great short story by Janni Howker about an old woman recalling her childhood where she passed as a boy.

    Children's literature's defining phrase,

  • Mrs. Farren, the housekeeper, understood it; Howker, the butler, knew it; Lacy knew it -- he who had served forty years as coachman in the Seagrave family.

    The Danger Mark

  • Howker, who evidently had been listening off stage, entered with reproachful dignity and announced that ceremony.

    The Danger Mark

  • Scott Seagrave drawing injurious pictures of Howker on the black-board, and Geraldine sorting lumps of sugar from the bowl on the breakfast-tray, which had not yet been removed.

    The Danger Mark

  • There was a fine sketch of Howker, wrinkled, dim-eyed, every inch a butler, every fibre in him the dignified and self-respecting, old-time servant, who added his dignity to that of the house he had served so long and well.

    The Danger Mark

  • However, when Howker arrived they retired hastily with pockets full of cinnamon sticks, olives, prunes, and dried currants, climbing triumphantly to the library above, where they curled up on a leather divan, under the portrait of their mother, to divide the spoils.

    The Danger Mark

  • Howker strove in vain to defend his dining-room when Scott appeared on one skate; but the breakfast-room and pantry were forcibly turned into rinks; the twins swept through the halls, met and defeated their nurses,

    The Danger Mark

  • Howker, with pomp and circumstance, brought in a roast boar's head garnished with holly-like crimson elder, they all stood up and cheered as though they really liked the idea of eating it.

    The Danger Mark

  • Howker, the old butler, met him at the foot of the stairs.

    The Danger Mark


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