Mr. Grahame-White has not only repeatedly proved his skill and daring as a pilot, but the well-known type of biplane bearing his name shows that he is in the forefront of designers and constructors. With his practical and technical knowledge is combined the somewhat rare ability to impart his knowledge in a form acceptable to boys, as he has already shown in his "Heroes of the Air." This time he has written a vade mec.u.m for the young aeroplanist, who is conducted to the aerodrome and initiated Into all the mysteries of flying. The structure of the aeroplane, the uses of the different parts, the propulsive mechanism, the steering apparatus, the work at a flying school, the causes of accidents, and the future of the aeroplane are all dealt with.
"It is surely one of the most entertaining books on a technical subject that have ever appeared, as well as one of the most instructive and comprehensive."--Nation.
By CAPTAIN CHARLES GILSON On Secret Service. Ill.u.s.trated by JOHN DE WALTON.
Captain Gilson's new book carries us back to the early days of the war, when the hidden menace of spies in our midst was scarcely less formidable than the obvious menace from the enemy without. Daniel Wansborough, a retired Scotland Yard detective, takes up active service again in the hour of his country's need, and becomes aware of a well-organised system of espionage at work, with its headquarters in London; but for a time he cannot discover whose is the brain directing the organisation. His nephew, George, a lad of sixteen, is instrumental in obtaining this information. George falls into the hands of the arch-spy, and is kept a prisoner in London. Here he learns the details of an ingenious plan whereby the chief Government offices in Whitehall are to be destroyed by Zeppelins. The detective, in trying to unravel the mystery of his nephew's disappearance, finds the threads mingling with those of the spy-plot, and when at length he locates the house in which the boy is shut up, he finds himself with his hand upon the very nerve-centre of the German Secret Service organisation. George is able to supply the missing links in the chain of evidence, and the scheme for the destruction of Whitehall if frustrated at the eleventh hour.
The Spy A Story of the Peninsular War. Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by CYRUS CUNEO.
To the work of story-writing Captain Gilson brings a remarkable combination of talents: an unrivalled knowledge of military history, an imagination that never flags, a dramatic literary style, and a keen sense of humour. These qualities are seen to perfection in "The Spy." The hero, Sir Jeffery Jones, Bart, when a boy of sixteen, secures a commission in a famous foot regiment, then under orders to sail for Portugal under the command of Sir Arthur Wellesley. His first encounter with the enemy takes place before he is fifty miles from home, for on the road to London he pursues and comes near to capturing a spy in the pay of Bonaparte. Several times subsequently the paths of the two cross, and eventually Sir Jeffery is the means of thwarting the Frenchman's schemes. He takes part in much of the fighting in the Peninsula, and, at the storming of Badajoz and elsewhere, renders his country good service.
"Every boy who loves tales of war and perilous enterprise--and what boy does not!--will read 'The Spy' with unqualified enjoyment."--Bookman.
The Lost Empire A Tale of Many Lands. Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by CYRUS CUNEO. With Map.
This is the story of a middy who was taken prisoner by the French at the time of the Revolution. While in Paris he obtained possession of Napoleon's plans for the capture of India, and, after many adventures, was the means of frustrating that ambitious scheme.
The Lost Column A Story of the Boxer Rebellion. Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by CYRUS CUNEO.
At the outbreak of the great Boxer Rebellion in China, Gerald Wood, the hero of this story, was living with his mother and brother at Milton Towers, just outside Tientsin. When the storm broke and Tientsin was cut off from the rest of the world, the occupants of Milton Towers made a gallant defence, but were compelled by force of numbers to retire into the town. Then Gerald determined to go in quest of the relief column under Admiral Seymour. He carried his life in his hands, and on more than one occasion came within an ace of losing it; but he managed to reach his goal in safety, and was warmly commended by the Admiral on his achievement.
The Pirate Aeroplane Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by C. CLARK, R.I.
The heroes of this story, during a tour In an entirely unknown region of Africa, light upon a race of people directly descended from the Ancient Egyptians. This race--the Asmalians---has lived isolated from other communities. The scientific importance of this discovery is apparent to the travellers, and they are enthusiastic to know more of these strange people; but suddenly they find themselves in the midst of exciting adventures owing to the appearance of a pirate aeroplane--of a thoroughly up-to-date model--whose owner has learnt of a vast store of gold in the Asmalians' city. They throw in their lot with the people, and are able in the end to frustrate the plans of the freebooter.
"The story is a riot of adventure. There is the groundwork of a complete new novel on every page."--Manchester Guardian.
The Lost Island Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by CYRUS CUNEO.
A rousing story of adventure in the little-explored regions of Central Asia and in the South Seas. The prologue describes how Thomas Gaythorne obtained access to a Lama monastery, where he rendered the monks such great service that they bestowed upon him a gem of priceless value known as Gautama's Eye. Soon after leaving the monastery he was attacked and robbed, and only narrowly escaped with his life. "The Lost Island" describes the attempt of one of Thomas Gaythorne's descendants to re-discover the missing gem; and he pa.s.ses through some remarkable adventures before he succeeds in this quest.
The Race Round the World An Account of the Contest for the 100,000 Prize offered by the Combined Newspaper League. Coloured Ill.u.s.trations by CYRUS CUNEO, and a map of the route of The Swallow.
Old Silas Agge has invented a new motor spirit, far more potent than petrol, and with this secret in his possession he has no doubt that he will win the 100,000 offered by a Newspaper League to the winner of the Aeroplane Race round the World. But a foreigner, with whom Silas has had business relations, succeeds in obtaining, first, the design of the aeroplane which the old man has built, and next, a sufficient quant.i.ty of the new spirit to carry him round the world. The race thus becomes a duel between these two rivals. Guy Kingston, a daring young aviator and nephew to Silas, pilots his uncle's aeroplane, and at every stage of the race finds himself matched against an unscrupulous adversary. The story of the race is exciting from beginning to end. Readers of Captain Gilson's earlier books will be particularly happy in renewing acquaintance with Mr. w.a.n.g, the great Chinese detective.
"Suggestive of Jules Verne in his most ambitious and fantastic vein."--Athenaeum.
"Boys will like it, and they will want to read it more than once."--Scotsman.
SCHOOL STORIES BY DESMOND c.o.kE The Bending of a Twig Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by H. M. BROCK.
When "The Bending of a Twig" was first published it was hailed by competent critics as the finest school story that had appeared since "Tom Brown." It is a vivid picture of life in a modern public school. The hero, Lycidas Marsh, enters Shrewsbury without having previously been to a preparatory school, drawing his ideas of school life from his imagination and a number of school stories he has read. How Lycidas finds his true level in this new world and worthily maintains the Salopian tradition is the theme of this most entrancing book.
"A real, live school story that carries conviction in every line."--Standard.
"Mr. Desmond c.o.ke has given us one of the best accounts of public school life that we possess.... Among books of its kind 'The Bending of a Twig' deserves to become a cla.s.sic"--Outlook.
The School Across the Road Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by H. M. BROCK.
The incidents of this story arise out of the uniting of two schools--"Warner's" and "Corunna"--under the name of "Winton," a name which the head master fondly hopes will become known far and wide as a great seat of learning. Unfortunately for the head master's ambition, however, the two sets of boys--hitherto rivals and enemies, now schoolfellows--do not take kindly to one another. Warner's men of might are discredited in the new school; Henderson, lately head boy, finds himself a mere n.o.body; while the inoffensive Dove is exalted and made prefect by reason of his attainments in cla.s.s work. There is discord and insurrection and talk of expulsion, and the feud drags on until the rival factions have an opportunity of uniting against a common enemy. Then, in the enthusiasm aroused by the overthrow of a neighbouring agricultural college, the bitterness between them dies away, and the future of Winton is a.s.sured.
"This tale is told with a remarkable spirit, and all the boys are real, everyday characters drawn without exaggeration."--British Weekly.
The House Prefect Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by H. M. BROCK.
This story of the life at Sefton, a great English public school, mainly revolves around the trouble in which Bob Manders, new-made house prefect, finds himself, owing to a former alliance with the two wild spirits whom, in the interests of the house, it is now his chief task to suppress. In particular does the spirited exploit with which it opens--the whitewashing by night of a town statue and the smashing of certain school property--raise itself against him, next term, when he has been set in authority. His two former friends persist in still regarding him as an ally, bound to them by their common secret; and, in a sense, he is attracted to their enterprises, for in becoming prefect he does not cease to be a boy. It is a great duel this, fought in the studies, the dormitories, upon the field.
"Quite one of the books of the season. Mr. Desmond c.o.ke has proved himself a aster."--World.
"Quite the hot school story of the year."--Morning Leader.
By A. C. CURTIS The Voyage of the "Sesame"
A Story of the Arctic. Ill.u.s.trated in Colour.
The Trevelyan brothers receive from a dying sailor a rough chart of a locality where much gold is to be found in the Arctic regions. They set out in quest of it, bat do not have things all their own way, for some rival treasure-seekers have got wind of the enterprise, and endeavour to secure the gold for themselves. There is a race between the two expeditions, and fighting takes place, but the crew of the Sesame are victorious, and after enduring great hardships amongst the ice, reach home safely with the gold on board.
The Good Sword Belgarde or, How De Burgh held Dover. Coloured Ill.u.s.trations by W. H. C. GROOME.
This is the story of Arnold Gyffard and John Wotton, pages to Sir Philip Daubeney, in the days when Prince Lewis the Lion invaded England and strove to win it from King John. It tells of their journey to Dover through a country swarming with foreign troops, and of many desperate fights by the way. In one of these A mold wins from a French knight the good sword Belgarde, which he uses to such good purpose as to make his name feared. Then follows the great siege of Dover, full of exciting incidents, when by his gallant defence Hubert de Burgh keeps the key to England out of the Frenchman's grasp.
By FRANK H. MASON, R.B.A.
A Book of British Ships Written and Ill.u.s.trated by FRANK H. MASON, R.B.A.
The aim of this book is to present, in a form that will readily appeal to boys, a comprehensive account of British shipping, both naval and mercantile, and to trace its development from the old wooden walls of Nelson's time down to the Dreadnoughts and high-speed ocean liners of to-day. All kinds of British ships, from the battleship to the trawler, are dealt with, and the characteristic points of each type of vessel are explained.
By GEORGE SURREY Mid Clash of Swords A Story of the Sack of Rome. Coloured Ill.u.s.trations by T. C. DUGDALE.
Wilfrid Salkeld, a young Englishman, enters the employ of Giuliano de Medici, the virtual ruler of Florence, whom he serves with a zeal that that faint-hearted man does not deserve; he meets Giovanni the Invincible; and makes friends with the great Benvenuto Cellini. He has many a fierce tussle with German mercenaries and Italian robbers, as well as with those whose jealousy he arouses by his superior skill in arms.
A Northumbrian in Arms A Story of the Time of Hereward the Wake. Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by J. FINNEMORE.
Harold Ulfsson, companion of Hereward the Wake and conqueror of the Wess.e.x Champion in a great wrestling bout, is outlawed by the influence of a Norman knight, whose enmity he has aroused, and goes north to serve under Earl Siward of Northumbria in the war against Macbeth, the Scottish usurper. He a.s.sists in defeating an attack by a band of coast-raiders, takes their ship, and discovering that his father has been slain and his land seized by his enemy, follows him into Wales. He fights with Griffith the Welsh King, kills his enemy In a desperate conflict amidst the hills, and, gaining the friendship of Harold, Earl of Wess.e.x, his outlawry is removed and his lands restored to him.
By REV. J. R. HOWDEN, B.D.
Locomotives of the World Containing sixteen plates in Colour.
Many of the most up-to-date types of locomotives used on railways throughout the world are ill.u.s.trated and described in this volume. The coloured plates have been made from actual photographs, and show the peculiar features of some truly remarkable engines. These peculiarities are fully explained in the text, written by the Rev. J. R. Howden, author of "The Boy's Book of Locomotives," etc.
By JOHN FINBARR The Mystery of Danger Point Ill.u.s.trated by ARCHIBALD WEBB.
A story of a hundred years ago, when there were highwaymen on every public road and smuggler! in every cove. When their school breaks up, the two youthful heroes go to spend the holidays with Robin's uncle, who lives in a tumble-down castle at Danger Point on the western coast, and they soon discover that the local people are doing a brisk trade in contraband goods. To a.s.sist in putting down this illegal business seems to them the obvious course. They find a cave which has every appearance of being used for smuggled goods, and keep their eyes upon certain suspicious characters. In the absence of Uncle Reuben, the boys get wind of a big cargo about to be run, and resolve to inform the nearest Justice of the Peace; but before they can put their scheme into operation, they are quietly smuggled away themselves out of England into France. Here an opportunity presents itself for a.s.sisting a French n.o.bleman and his daughter to escape from the Reign of Terror, and they return to England to invoke the aid of Uncle Reuben and his ship In this enterprise. Their success brings reward in several ways. The story is very brightly written, and has many humorous touches.
By JOSEPH BOWES The Aussie Crusaders Ill.u.s.trated by WAL PAGET.
Mr. Bowes' latest story, "The Aussie Crusaders," deals with the British Campaign in Palestine. The hero is a young Australian officer, who, having distinguished himself in the Gallipoli struggle, was given a commission and quickly attained his majority. He is still, however, "one of the boys" in spirit, and the story gives a pretty good idea of the informal, friendly relations that existed between the officers and men of the A.I.F. Major Smith is taken prisoner by a party of Bedouins after the fight at Rafa, and on escaping from them, falls into the hands of the Turks, from whom he also breaks free, obtaining possession of papers giving valuable information about the enemy's strength and movements. After rejoining his squadron, the Major takes part in the great sweep that, starting with the attack on Gaza, culminated in the fall of Jerusalem.
By WILLIAM J. MARX For the Admiral Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by ARCHIBALD WEBB.
The brave Huguenot Admiral Coligny is one of the heroes of French history. Edmond le Blanc, the son of a Huguenot gentleman, undertakes to convey a secret letter of warning to Coligny, and the adventures he meets with on the way lend to his accepting service in the Huguenot army. He shares in the hard fighting that took place in the neighbourhood of La Roch.e.l.le, does excellent work in scouting for the Admiral, and is everywhere that danger calls, along with his friend Roger Braund, a young Englishman who has come over to help the cause with a band of free-lances.
This story won the 100 prize offered by the Bookman for the best story for boys.
THE ROMANCE SERIES The Romance of the King's Navy By EDWARD FRASER. New Edition, with Ill.u.s.trations in Colour by N. SOTHEBY PITCHER.
"The Romance of the King's Navy" is intended to give boys of to-day an idea of some of the notable events that have happened under the White Ensign within the past few years. There is no other book of the kind in existence. It begins with incidents afloat during the Crimean War, when their grandfathers were boys themselves, and brings the story down to a year or two ago, with the startling adventure at Spithead of Submarine 64. One chapter tells the exciting story of "How the Navy's V.C.'s have been won," the deeds of the various heroes being brought all together here in one connected narrative for the first time.
"Mr. Fraser knows his facts well, and has set them out in an extremely interesting and attractive way."--Westminster Gazette.
The Romance of the King's Army By A. B. TUCKER.
A companion volume to "The Romance of the King's Navy," telling again in glowing language the most inspiring incidents in the glorious history of our land forces. The charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, the capture of the Dargai heights, the saving of the guns at Maiwand, are a few of the great stories of heroism and devotion that appear in this stirring volume.
"We cannot toe highly commend this beautiful volume as a prize-book for school-boys of all cla.s.ses."--School Guardian.
The Romance of Every Day By LILIAN QUILLER-COUCH.
Here is a bookful of romance and heroism; true stories of men, women, and children in early centuries and modern times who took the opportunities which came into their everyday lives and found themselves heroes and heroines; civilians who, without beat of drum or smoke of battle, without special training or words of encouragement, performed deeds worthy to be written in letters of gold.
"These stories are bound to encourage and Inspire young readers to perform heroic actions."--Bristol Daily Mercury.
The Romance of the Merchant Venturers By E. E. SPEIGHT and R. MORTON NANCE.
Britain's Sea Story By E. E. SPEIGHT and R. MORTON NANCE. New Edition, Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by H. SANDHAM.
These two books are full of true tales as exciting as any to be found in the story books, and at every few pages there is a fine ill.u.s.tration, in colour or black and white, of one of the stirring incidents described in the text.
By MEREDITH FLETCHER The Pretenders With Coloured Ill.u.s.trations by HAROLD C. EARNSHAW.
A tale of twin-brothers at Daneborough School, Tommy Durrant (the narrator) has been a boarder for about a year, when Peter arrives upon the scene as a day-boy. The latter's ill-health has prevented him joining the school before, and, being a harum-scarum youngster, his vagaries plunge Tommy into hot water straight away. The following week, unaware of all the mischief he has made, the newcomer, who lives with an aunt, urges his twin to change places one night for a spree. Tommy rashly consents, and his experiences while pretending to be Peter prove both unexpected and exciting.
"Mr. Meredith Fletcher is extremely happy in his delineation of school life."--People's Journal.
The Complete Scout Edited by MORLEY ADAMS, with numerous Ill.u.s.trations and Diagrams.
This is a book intended primarily for boy scouts, but It also possesses an Interest for all boys who like out-of-door amus.e.m.e.nts and scouting games. It contains many articles by different writers on the various pursuits and branches of study that scouts are more particularly interested in, such as wood-craft, tracing, the weather, and so on, and the book should form a sort of cyclopaedia for many thousands of boys who hail Baden-Powell as Chief Scout.
By D. H. PARRY Kit of the Carabineers or, A Soldier of Maryborough's.
Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by ARCHIBALD WEBB.
This story tells how Kit Dawnay comes under the notice of the Duke of Marlborough while the latter is on a visit to Kit's uncle, Sir Jasper Dawnay, an irritable, miserly old man, suspected, moreover with good reason, of harbouring Jacobite plotters and of being himself favourable to the cause of the exiled Stuarts.
Kit, instructed by the Duke, Is able to frustrate a scheme for the a.s.sa.s.sination of King William as he rides to Hampton Court, and the King, in return for Kit's service, gives him a cornet's commission in the King's Carabineers. He goes with the army to Flanders, takes part in the siege of Liege; accompanies Marlborough on those famous forced marches across Europe, whereby the great leader completely hoodwinked the enemy; and is present at the battle of Blenheim, where he wins distinction.
"The story bristles with dramatic incident, and the thrilling adventures which overtake the young hero, Kit Dawnay, are enough to keep one breathless with excitement."--Bookman.
By W. H. G. KINGSTON Hurricane Hurry Coloured Ill.u.s.trations by ARCHIBALD WEBB.
This Is one of W. H. G. Kingston's best books in the sense that It has an atmosphere of reality about it, and reads like the narrative of one who has actually pa.s.sed through all the experiences described; and this is no mere illusion, for the author states in his preface that the material from which the story was built up was put into his hands by a well-known naval officer, who afterwards rose to the position of admiral. Mr. Hurry enters the navy as midshipman a few years before the outbreak of the American War of Independence, and during that war he distinguishes himself both on land and sea.
Will Weatherhelm Coloured Ill.u.s.trations by ARCHIBALD WEBB.
A splendid tale of the sea, full of incident and adventure, and a first-rate account of the sailor's life afloat in the days of the press-gang and the old wooden walls. The author reveals his own ardent love of the sea and all that pertains to it, and this story embodies a true ideal of patriotic service.
By G. A. HENTY In Times of Peril A Story of India. Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by T. C. DUGDALE.
Major Warrener and his children are stationed at Sandynugghur when news arrives that the native troops at Meerut have mutinied and murdered all the Europeans there and are marching upon Delhi. Almost immediately the Major's house is attacked and his family flee for their lives. The Major himself and some of his companions are taken prisoners, but only for a short time, for his sons, Ned and d.i.c.k, disguising themselves as Sepoys, are able to rescue them. The party after an anxious time fall in with a body of English troops who are on the way to relieve Delhi. d.i.c.k and Ned are in Cawnpore when the Europeans are attacked, but they escape by swimming instead of trusting themselves in boats. They take part in the storming of Delhi, which had been taken by the natives, and in the relief of Lucknow. The end of the Mutiny finds the whole family once more united.
Edited by HERBERT STRANG Early Days in Canada Pioneers in Canada Early Days in Australia Pioneers in Australia Early Days in India Duty and Danger in India Each book contains eight plates in Colour.
The story of the discovery, conquest, settlement, and peaceful development of the great countries which now form part of the British Empire, is full of interest and romance. In this series of books the story is told in a number of extracts from the writings of historians, biographers, and travellers whose works are not easily accessible to the general reader. Each volume is complete in itself and gives a vivid picture of the progress of the particular country with which it deals.
BOOKS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS HERBERT STRANG'S LIBRARY This is a new series of standard books for boys and girls, comprising the great works of history, fiction, biography, travel, science, and poetry with which every boy and girl should be familiar, edited by Mr. HERBERT STRANG.
Each volume is prefaced by a short introduction, giving a biographical account of the author, or such information concerning the book itself as may be useful and interesting to young readers. Notes, maps, and plans are given where necessary.
The text of the books, many of which were not written primarily for children, is carefully edited both in regard to matters that are inherently unsuitable for their reading, and to pa.s.sages that do not conform to modern standards of taste. In these and other respects the Editor will exercise a wide discretion.
The Library Is ill.u.s.trated with colour plates, reproduced by three-colour process from designs by H. M. BROCK, JAMES DURDEN, A. WEBB, and other well-known artists, The following volumes are now ready:-- Adventures in the Rifle Brigade By Sir John Kincaid Westward Ho! By Charles Kingsley The Life of Wellington By W. H. Maxwell The Boy's Country Book By William Howitt Mungo Park's Travels The Coral Island By R. M. Ballantyne True Blue By W. H. G. Kingston Little Women By Louisa Alcott Good Wives By Louisa Alcott Tales from Hans Andersen Stories from Grimm Tom Brown's Schooldays By Thomas Hughes The Life of Nelson By Robert Southey Quentin Durward By Sir Walter Scott A Book of Golden Deeds By Charlotte M. Yonge A Wonder Book By Nathaniel Hawthorne What Katy Did By Susan Coolidge What Katy Did at School By Susan Coolidge What Katy Did Next By Susan Coolidge Ivanhoe By Sir Walter Scott Curiosities of Natural History By Frank Buckland Captain Cook's Voyages The Heroes By Charles Kingsley Robinson Crusoe By Daniel Defoe Tales from Shakespeare By Charles and Mary Lamb Peter the Whaler By W. H. G. Kingston Queechy By Elizabeth Wetherell The Wide Wide World By Elizabeth Wetherell Tanglewood Tales By Nathaniel Hawthorne The Life of Columbus By Washington Irving Battles of the Peninsular War By Sir William Napier Midshipman Easy By Captain Marryat The Swiss Family Robinson By J. R. Wyss Books for Girls By CHRISTINA GOWANS WHYTE Uncle Hilary's Nieces Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by JAMES BURDEN.
Until the death of their father, the course of life of Uncle Hilary's nieces had run smooth; but then the current of misfortune came upon them, carried them, with their mother and brothers, to London, and established them in a fiat. Here, under the guardianship of Uncle Hilary, they enter into the spirit of their new situation; and when it comes to a question of ways and means, prove that they have both courage and resource. Thus Bertha secretly takes a position as stock-keeper to a fashionable dressmaker; Milly tries to write, and has the satisfaction of seeing her name in print; Edward takes up architecture and becomes engrossed in the study of "cupboards and kitchen sinks"; while all the rest contribute as well to the maintenance of the household as to the interest of the story.
"We have seldom read a prettier story than ... 'Uncle Hilary's Nieces.' ... It is a daintily woven plot clothed in a style that has already commended itself to many readers, and is bound to make more friends."--Daily News.
The Five Macleods Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by JAMES DURDEN.
The modern Louisa Alcott! That is the t.i.tle that critics In England and America have bestowed on Miss Christina Gowans Whyte, whose "Story-Book Girls" they declare to be the best girls' story since "Little Women." Like the Leightons and the Howards, the Macleods are another of those delightful families whose doings, as described by Miss Whyte, make such entertaining reading. Each of the five Macleods possesses an individuality of her own. Elspeth is the eldest--sixteen, with her hair "very nearly up"--and her lovable nature makes her a favourite with every one; she is followed, in point of age, by the would-be masterful Winifred (otherwise Winks) and the independent Lil; while little Babs and Dorothy bring up the rear.
"Altogether a most charming story for girls."--Schoolmaster.
Nina's Career Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by JAMES BURDEN.
"Nina's Career" tells delightfully of a large family of girls and boys, children of Sir Christopher Howard. Friends of the Howards are Nina Wentworth, who lives with three aunts, and Gertrude Mannering. Gertrude Is conscious of always missing in her life that which makes the lives of the Howards so joyous and full. They may have "careers"; she must go to Court and through the wearying treadmill of the rich girls. The Howards get engaged, marry, go into hospitals, study in art schools; and in the end Gertrude also achieves happiness.
"We have been so badly in need of writers for girls who shall be in sympathy with the modern standard of intelligence, that we are grateful for the advent of Miss Whyte, who has not inaptly been described as the new Miss Alcott,"--Outlook.
The Story-Book Girls Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by JAMES BURDEN.
This story won the 100 prize In the Bookman compet.i.tion.
The Leightons are a charming family. There is Mabel, the beauty, her nature, strength and sweetness mingled; and Jean, the downright, blunt, uncompromising; and Elma, the sympathetic, who champions everybody, and has a weakness for long words. And there is Cuthbert, too, the clever brother. Cuthbert is responsible for a good deal, for he saves Adelaide Maud from an accident, and brings the Story-Book Girls into the story. Every girl who reads this book will become acquainted with some of the realest, truest, best people in recent fiction.
"It is not too much to say that Miss Whyte has opened a new era in the history of girls' literature.... The writing, distinguished in itself, is enlivened by an all-pervading sense of humour."--Manchester Courier.
By J. M. WHITFELD Tom who was Rachel A Story of Australian Life. Ill.u.s.trated in Colour by N. TENISON.