THE CUCKOO TREE by Joan Aiken

THE CUCKOO TREE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Don't aggle at me, gal! I'm warning ee, if I have any more mizmaze from ee, I'll make things right skaddle." Boggle you may, skedaddle you won't through all these "havey-cavey" goings-on in a turble thick Sussex idiom which seems to have been the parlance of Miss Aiken's native Sussex back a piece, round about the time of the coronation of Richard IV were he ever to have existed. More real, faintly, is Dido Twite, the typical Aiken heroine, mettlesome, meddlesome, after a coach in the hands of a tippling coachman "tipples over" and leaves her staying in the domain of Lady Tegleaze where she discovers a twin sister for the lonesome young heir Sir Tobit, "imbrangles" herself in bringing them together, and puts an end to the "skrimshanking" off to the Cuckoo Tree. Coo -- she. should fair have to climb it herself, it's that turble hard to read.
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1971
ISBN: 0618070230
Page count: 300pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1971




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