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CollectionsTo read (379), Your library (1,864), Wishlist (1,221), Replacements (124), Currently reading (110), Picture Books (4,621), Graphic Novel (1,242), Easy Readers (327), Beginning Chapters (598), Board Books (130), Middle Grade (3,556), Adult (3,420), Young Adult (664), My Comic Library (279), Childhood Favorites (203), Scandinavian Collection (379), Guinea Pig Collection (164), Miniature Books (165), L. M. Boston Collection (32), Swedish Collection (37), French Collection (15), All collections (19,239)

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About meThe Jean Little Library is named after Jean Little, a Canadian children's author. To learn more about Jean Little, check out her website,

(Jean Little has kindly given me her permission to name my library after her...but that does NOT mean she endorses my reviews, book selections, recommendations, etc.)

The picture here is Linnea, from Christina Bjork's Linnea books illustrated by Lena Anderson.

About my libraryThe Jean Little Library is my personal library, reader's advisory tool, and storytime resource.

I collect Joan Aiken and L. M. Boston's works, as well as many series, adult mysteries, Scandinavian children's literature, and more!

GroupsBookMooching, Bug Collectors, GSLISers @ UofI, Librarians who LibraryThing

Favorite authorsJoan Aiken, Lucy M. Boston, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Jean Little (Shared favorites)


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Member sinceJul 14, 2006

Currently readingThe great flood mystery by Jane Louise Curry
Frozen Fire by Armstrong Sperry
Georgia the Guinea Pig Fairy by Daisy Meadows
Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express by Megan Mcdonald
Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle
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It seems we share a great many book titles (over 900) so I thought I would stop by and say hi:)

Loved your depth review of Church Mouse - as I'm visually inept some of the comments about the colour palatte (spelling?) are going to make me look again! I wish the reprint from Templar books was a little less smudgey - I remember the Macmillan artwork as being crisper but that may be cos my eyes have deteriorated in the decades since it first came out. Also, I really want to check out your tag on childrens literature crit as I used to read the less academic books about childrens books in the 90s.
FYI, I uploaded a cover for "On to Widecombe Fair" in case you want to use it.
FYI, I uploaded a cover for "All in Free but Janey" in case you want to use it.
FYI, I uploaded a cover for "A Formal Feeling" in case you want to use it.
FYI, I uploaded a cover for "The Sun is a Golden Earring" in case you want to use it.
I hope you get to visit one day! It's a short trip from Cambridge, which is itself only a day trip from London. Her patchwork quilts are astonishing.

Here's the website for the house, in case you haven't seen it:
Hello- we seem to share many books, esp. kids books. They are just about the only fiction I read.
Jamie S.
Hi! Thank you for stopping by our booth at ALA Midwinter. We are happy to hear that your library is a fan of Marthe Jocelyn's books! Marthe does it all (as you can tell from her list of books). =)

I'm so glad to see you have added 'A World Invisible' to your library. I really hope you enjoy (or have already enjoyed) it. As a new author, I'm also collecting information on how easy it is for people to obtain a copy of the book. I'd love to know whether you downloaded the PDF and read it on screen, or whether you used an eBook reader - and if so, which model.

Cheers, anyway!

Hi! It's been so long I don't know if I answered your question about Ruth M. Arthur. She is a British author, yes, and she would be in in something like a "moody, magical and eerie" genre. I believe she always writes in first person but often uses generations of women for her narrators. She's very low key about the supernatural in all but a few books. The one that got me started on her when I was a kid was A Candle in Her Room--I'd put it in the evil doll genre, but it's not just about an evil doll. I highly recommend it!
Hebrew isn't a very easy language for English-speakers, though it's not as hard as some (Russian, for example, which I am starting to learn now, is much harder, there are more exceptions than things going by the rules).
Actually I have checked mooch out, even had a book sent to me, but I don't have that many books which I want to sell, and those I do want to sell weren't in demand. But now that you've reminded me I'll go and add a few more books and see if anyone's interested. :)
hey you have a lot of books i take it you like reading =P
Thank you so much!
What an interesting library! Although we only share 20 or so books, I see that you share over 300 with by son and 120 with my daughter (and I read their books, too!)

As a Scandinavian, I am curious to know what the inspiration for your Scandinavian collection might be. Are you Scandinavian yourself? There seems to be a Swedish bent to your Scandinavian collection. Do you read Swedish?
There is a good article on Jean here Aside from the numerous awards she has received, I don't think that the article mentions that she is a member of the Order of Canada which is the highest awardhonor that can be given to a civilian by the Canadian government. The dated website is being replaced by a new website which is currently under development.
Good to find someone else who discovered Jean Little. When I was 9, my sister bought Look Through My Window for me for Christmas. I loved it, then discovered Mine For Keeps, which I read over and over. Fortunately, the library carried all of her books when I was young; now I think they are buried in the "nostagia" section. I grew up feeling like I personally knew Sal and Kate and Emily and Elsje, and a little bit of what it felt like to have cerebral palsy. Over the years I have bought most of her books at library sales so I have the hardbacks with the great illustrations that I grew up reading. I just wish there were more authors like her around. Thanks!
Thanks for the kind words about the Oz books. I'm glad you enjoyed them.
Hi! Thanks for being my LibraryThing friend. It's nice to meet you.

Lisa :)
Hi, I just saw your username and had to come and visit. Coincidently I just found a copy of my all time favourite Jean Little book Mine for Keeps last weekend at an old used book store. I snatched it up with great delight and chattered on to my husband about how special the book was to me. My mother used to volunteer at my elementary school library and she brought it home for me to read. I was so enthralled that I read it over and over. And then to my absolute delight Jean Little actually came to our school library (this was in the '60s) and I met her. She was the first author I'd ever met and I was so awed and excited I just stood there gaping at her. It was a very special moment.

It's very cool to "meet" others who enjoy her work so much, almost everyone I meet has never heard of her.
Hi JL! Yes, I'm afraid I'm an Aiken completest with quite a few to go. I've read most of the novels but still need to read a lot of her story collections. (I'm less fond of short stories.) I'd always thought she was a children's author until the past several years. Read her first 4 or 5 Dido adventures as a child, over and over.

Ruth M. Arthur is a British author, yes. I was haunted by A Candle in Her Room (evil doll book) and located it via the Booksleuthers on Abebooks about four years ago, which got me hunting down her others. If you like moody, eerie, British/Scottish, supernatural, time travel, ghost books, you'll LOVE her. She's got her own odd style, and she always writes in first person, but there's something about her.... Some of her books are outright spooky or magic, and some are more moody and eerie. Portrait of Margarita, Requiem for a Princess, The Autumn People, and Saracen Lamp, if you can get ahold of it--I highly recommend those for a start. Oh, and A Candle in her Room.
A fellow BookMooch person, just peeking through your library. Mary
Is the Jean Little Library your personal lending library? If so, the idea is very intriguing.
wow, we already have over 100 books in common! thanks for sharing your link on bookmooch, i much enjoyed looking through your library.
You have a letter from her! Wow. (Is she, er, still living?)
I love Jean Little's books, especially "Spring Begins in March."
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