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Adventure for Two (Rachel and Damaris #5)

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Title:Adventure for Two (Rachel and Damaris #5)
Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette  Writing under the pseudonym: Oxenham, Elsie J.   
(12 of 47 for author by title)
Damaris Dances (Rachel and Damaris #4)
The Abbey Girls Win Through (Abbey #17)
Published:   1941
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Tags:fiction, girls, juvenile, school stories

May 29, 2021 Helen rated it liked it, and wrote:

Daphne lives for dancing; her younger sister Elsa hates the thought of an office job. When they find themselves with no money, the sisters come up with very different solutions to find a future for themselves. But will their adventures end well?

This isn’t Oxenham’s first book about a pair of girls having to make their way in the world, or about sisters with different outlooks on life making different choices. But although it’s a later book there is a certain freshness to it. Daphne and Elsa are both determined to follow their own paths in life, and both have a mix of emotional dramas and opposition to face, rather than EJO’s usual model of one sister being softer or clearly more sympathetic than the other. Her own heart is clearly more with Elsa, choosing open-air life in a seaside town, but altogether this is a pleasant read, with some nice connections to the main Abbey series. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette

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A celebrated English girls’ school story writer, Elsie J. Oxenham's real name was Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley. Born in 1880 in Southport, Lancashire, she was the daughter of writer William John Dunkerley, whose chosen pseudonym - ‘John Oxenham’ - was a clear influence upon her own. Her brother, Roderic Dunkerley, was also an author (published under his own name), as was her sister Erica, who used the 'Oxenham' name as well. Oxenham grew up in Ealing, West London, where her family had moved when she was a baby, living there until 1922, when the family moved again, to Worthing. After the deaths of her parents, Oxenham lived with her sister Maida. She died in 1960.

Oxenham, whose interests included the Camp Fire movement, and English Folk Dance traditions, is primarily remembered as the creator of the 38-book Abbey Girls series. In her lifetime she had 87 titles published, and another two have since been published by her niece, who discovered the manuscripts in the early 1990s. She is considered a major figure among girls' school story writers of the first half of the twentieth century -- one of the 'Big Three,' together with Elinor Brent-Dyer and Dorita Fairlie Bruce.--goodreads.com.

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