Marabel by Barbara Wade Rose – Review


Barbara Wade Rose has made the transition from award winning journalist to children’s book author with the release of Marabel.

Marabel is charmingly billed as a “tale for old-soul children and childish adults” and that’s a pretty good description. It recaptures the magic of books written in a by-gone age of such novels as The Secret Garden.

The story is told from the point of view of young Marabel. Her father is absent because of the war while she remains at the School for White-Blouse Professions in London, with her mother (the headmistress) and her younger brother. Adventures soon begin in an old-school manner in a rich, well told, charasmatic and graceful tale.

Quests from royalty, magical twists and turns a West Highland terrier called Angus with his eyes on the throne and mysterious family links all make for a very special story which will enthrall the whole family.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a kid’s book like this. It’s fun, adventure, and a remarkable protagonist, and also has a depth in it which you don’t always find in children’s books.

MARABEL is available in paperback (£5.95) and ebook (£2.95). Find out more at barbarawaderosebooks.com.

34 Comments

  1. Susan B
    14 November 2021
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    The Famous Five books were always my favourites. Started with Five on Treasure island and read all of them after that.

  2. Sally Collingwood
    15 November 2021
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    I loved The Treasure Hunters by Enid Blyton

  3. Leanne Baker
    15 November 2021
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    The BFG

    • Karl Borowy
      24 November 2021
      Reply

      Billy Bunter

  4. Janine Phillips
    15 November 2021
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    All of the Enid Blyton books

  5. NANCY
    15 November 2021
    Reply

    Charlotte’s Web

  6. Natalie Burgess
    16 November 2021
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    The magic faraway tree xx

  7. Angela Kelly
    17 November 2021
    Reply

    It’s out of print now, but I loved The Tale of Georgie Grub.

  8. Margaret Gallagher
    19 November 2021
    Reply

    Black beauty by anna sewell

  9. Jo m welsh
    20 November 2021
    Reply

    The little book of brownies by Enid blyton

  10. Julie Ward
    20 November 2021
    Reply

    Any Bobbsey twins

  11. Priscilla Stubbs
    21 November 2021
    Reply

    I loved the Winnie Pooh books

  12. Sarah Kirby
    21 November 2021
    Reply

    I was a big Enid Blyton fan, especially the Famous Five series

  13. Mandy Doherty
    23 November 2021
    Reply

    I loved reading the Dr Doliittle series of books by Hugh Lofting

  14. soozybee
    24 November 2021
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    The Secret Island

  15. 24 November 2021
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    Always love Enid Blyton, amazing writer for children

  16. Rachael Sexey
    25 November 2021
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    The faraway tree by Enid Blyton

  17. Michelle Smith
    25 November 2021
    Reply

    I loved the famous five books

  18. Troy Easton
    25 November 2021
    Reply

    It would have to be the Hobbit just loved it.

  19. Sheri Darby
    27 November 2021
    Reply

    The Famous Five books

  20. Vickie Jackson
    28 November 2021
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    It has to be The Famous Five and the Secret Seven books… Although I’m beginning to think I imagined the other ones as noone else seems to remember them!!

  21. Rebecca Walker
    28 November 2021
    Reply

    The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

  22. Ellen Stafford
    28 November 2021
    Reply

    The Faraway Tree Stories by Enid Blyton

  23. A.E ADKINS
    28 November 2021
    Reply

    The Little Grey Men by BB

  24. Elaine Shaw
    29 November 2021
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    Had a bookcase full of Enid Blyton, Famous Five, Secret Seven, then I moved onto Mallory Towers. I also loved classics like Alice in Wonderland, What Katy Did, and Little Women. All my books were my favourite.

  25. Sarah Hold
    29 November 2021
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    I loved The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

  26. Claire Hamilton
    29 November 2021
    Reply

    The Famous Five books from Enid Blyton

  27. Jeanette Leighton
    29 November 2021
    Reply

    The brothers grimm storybook

  28. Patricia Barrett
    29 November 2021
    Reply

    The Faraway Tree books.

  29. Pam Gregory
    29 November 2021
    Reply

    Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven

  30. Tracy Barber
    29 November 2021
    Reply

    I liked The Secret Garden, was a great story

  31. Adrian Bold
    29 November 2021
    Reply

    My favourite book has always been The Hobbit since I was a child. I love the fantasy elements to it. Great prize.

  32. Sarah Austin
    29 November 2021
    Reply

    A book called Lulu, used to love it!

  33. Gill Mitchell
    29 November 2021
    Reply

    I loved The Enchanted Wood

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