But it has always been the Armitage family from those short story collections, who have remained the most strongly remembered in my mind - and especially that bittersweet tale of the magical garden made up from cereal packets. As I tracked down various Aiken books over the years, the book with that particular story evaded me - so I was thrilled when The Serial Garden appeared a few years ago. Gathered together are all 24 of the Armitage family stories, including my favourite, which is still just as good as the first time I read it. Even more excitingly, four of the stories are entirely new ones, not published elsewhere before. They are stories, as they say, 'for children of all ages' - full of fun and wit and absolutely ageless. Go buy!
|The Serial Garden|