14 Jan 2009 – from the Red Cross donation bags

Another hitherto-unknown Streatfeild.  Sporting the worst, most camp cover photo in the world (girl poses in front of strong man and jester) this is an excellent longer novel about a family living in a village at the end of WW2.  Selina, plan cousin in a family of vivid and excitable siblings, is sent a party dress by her godmother.  In order to have an occasion to wear it, the children plan a village pageant.  Gradually the whole village gets involved, and all seems well until a few disasters striike.  Will Selina get to wear her dress or will she have grown out of it by the time the pageant comes along? Great read.