Hopscotch Summer

3 books in series
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A Hopscotch Summer Publisher's Summary

Emma Brown is a happy-go-lucky child, content to work hard at school, and to play hopscotch with her friends on the pavement outside her house in the run-down Nechells area of Birmingham. As long as everything is all right at home with her Ma and Pa, her little sister Joyce and brother Sid, then life is good.

But after Em's mother, Cynthia, has her baby she just doesn't seem to be able to cope. Her lifelong friend and neighbour Dot helps as much as she can, but she has children of her own, and no man to hand; Cynthia's husband Bob, too, does his best, but begins to feel that he's losing the wife he has loved so much; and little Em just can't find enough hours in the day to do all the washing and cleaning.

Soon, it seems, the only thing is for Cynthia to go and stay across the city with her tyrannical older sister. With Cynthia away, life only gets harder for Em. Her best friend, Kate, ostracizes her, leaving only poor, stinky Molly Fox at her side, and when the Board Man comes to call, wanting to know why she's not at school, things are really bad.

When Bob stays out later and later in the evenings, always the worse for wear, and spending too much time with a local very merry widow, Em decides to travel across Birmingham to fetch her mother home, but the mother she discovers is a far cry from the proud, upright, and loving figure she has known so well....

©2009 Annie Murray (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • A Hopscotch Summer

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Emma Brown is a happy-go-lucky child, content to work hard at school, and to play hopscotch with her friends on the pavement outside her house in the run-down Nechells area of Birmingham. As long as everything is all right at home with her Ma and Pa, her little sister Joyce and brother Sid, then life is good. But after Em's mother, Cynthia, has her baby she just doesn't seem to be able to cope.

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 2

    • Soldier Girl

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    A sequel to The Hopscotch Summer. Molly Fox has grown up in the back streets of Birmingham at the mercy of her cruel grandfather and her drunken mother. Though she has grown into a tall, beautiful woman, Molly is haunted by terrible family secrets. When she is found lying drunk in a gutter, Molly reaches a turning point. She decides to escape by joining the army as an ATS girl.

    Regular price: $22.71

  • Book 3

    • All the Days of Our Lives

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is 1946: The war is over and three young women face a new kind of life. But peacetime brings its own pressures.... Katie O'Neill's childhood has been dominated by her temperamental mother and by frightening secrets that she barely understands. Innocent, yet hungry for love, she is easily taken in by male charm and is left outcast and alone with her young son. Emma Brown has spent the war at home in Birmingham, longing for her husband Norm to return and meet the son he has never seen. But she soon finds that the joy of homecoming only brings a whole new set of problems.

    Regular price: $25.81