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Esther Averill

My oldest, and now her sister too, have discovered the books by Esther Averil since I presented them with The Fire Cat. My friend Heather showed us Jenny and the Cat Club, and now I had to buy them all, or almost, (I am missing one). The girl reads them, though not voraciously as I wished, but it is her style.



You can read her biography here.


         The Cat Club Series
Jenny and the Cat Club contains all the highlighted stories, it is thus thick.

The Cat Club, 1944
The School For Cats, 1947: thin, 33 pages
Jenny's First Party, 1948
Jenny's Moonlight Adventure, 1949: thin, 33 pages also
When Jenny Lost Her Scarf, 1951
Jenny's Adopted Brothers, 1952
How the Brothers Joined the Cat Club, 1953
Jenny's Birthday Book, 1954: thin, picture book like
Jenny Goes to Sea, 1957: thick, 128 pages
Jenny's Bedside Book, 1959. Probably out of print.
The Fire Cat, 1960: thin, Early Reader type.
The Hotel Cat, 1969:thick, 161 pages
Captains of the City Streets, 1972: thick, 145 pages

 Jenny and the Cat Club

I define Averill's style like that of the 50's and 60's that some books have, homey and chic, the topics and language are to me colloquial but elegant.

To have girls, to homeschool them... ahhhhhhhh, all the worries and troubles fade when I realize we have been given a second chance of living my childhood as in a lovely dream in the company of my own children!


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