The Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden

The Peppermint Pig was one of my favourite summer reads. It is set in the English countryside about a hundred years ago, and follows young Poll and her siblings through a tough year in their life. They have moved from London to Norfolk and have to adjust to a new home and different circumstances. Little Johnnie, the runt of a litter, becomes part of their family for a while and provides both them and the story with plenty of humour. At times the story is a little sad, and it is about growing up and learning new perspectives. The story shows the position of children in a world that is controlled by adults, as they struggle to understand things. The characters are well written and I like Poll and cheeky Theo best. It’s not full of adventure or excitement but it is a lovely story with lots of funny and surprising moments. It’s definitely a modern classic, and I would recommend it to readers aged 7 to 10 years old. 

Sara E, age 10, Yorkshire, UK

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