The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (paperback)


Author: E Nesbit
'"Stand firm'" said Peter, "and wave like mad!"' 

They were not railway children to begin with. When their Father mysteriously leaves home Roberta (everyone calls her Bobbie), Phyllis and Peter must move to a small cottage in the countryside with Mother. It is a bitter blow to leave their London home, but soon they discover the hills and valleys, the canal and of course, the railway. But with the thrilling rush and rattle and roar of the trains comes danger too. Will the brave trio come to the rescue? And most importantly, can they solve the disappearance of their Father?
This edition includes an introduction from writer and feminist activist Scarlett Curtis, curator of Sunday Times Bestseller Feminists Don't Wear Pink. It's part of The Sisterhood collection, celebrating the best-loved classics, written by some of the best female authors in history for International Women's Day. 
It's a story that was written more than 100 years ago, yet The Railway Children commands the affections of the British people like few other fictions -  Daily Telegraph 
Guaranteed to jerk a tear from the most stony-faced child - Observer 
The Railway Children was one of the first children's classics I ever read. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it. I started reading the story and was immediately gripped. E. Nesbit remembered exactly what it felt like to be a child - Jacqueline Wilson
Her child characters were remarkable in her day because they are so entirely human. They are intelligent, vain, aggressive, humorous, witty, cruel, compassionate. . . in fact, they are like adults -  Gore Vidal
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • Reading age : 9 - 11 years