There’s a page on this blog called “Farm Girl Rosie’s Favorite Books” and it lists my top ten favorite novels ever. They are Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, The Family at Caldicott Place by Noel Streatfeild, Friendly Gables by Hilda van Stockum, From Anna by Jean Little, Gemma and Sisters by Noel Streatfeild, Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field, Jill’s Story by Jean Fielder, Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary, and What Katy Did at School by Susan Coolidge.

But there are several other books that were right out of my top ten, and I decided to list them here. Enjoy!

1. Patty Fairfield by Carolyn Wells

Patty Fairfield, age fourteen, visits her four aunts in turn to see how she wants to run her own home someday---with some funny results.

At first, Katie John Tucker doesn’t want to live in a boring little town in Missouri, but she changes her mind by the end of the summer because of some highly interesting adventures that she gets into!

3. Rebecca and Ana by Jacqueline Dembar Greene

Rebecca Rubin’s cousin, Ana, has just arrived from Russia to live in New York City! Rebecca is excited to begin with, but soon she begins to wonder how to cope with the change.

4. Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Rachel and her sister Hilary are sent to their Aunt Cora, who is a renowned dancing teacher. Immediately, problems arise when the girls can’t get along with spoiled cousin Dulcie.

5. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Through a series of wild circumstances, a cricket named Chester ends up in a bustling New York subway station. He’s not sure how to ever get back to Connecticut, until new friends help him out.

6. Theater Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Sorrel, Mark, and Holly Forbes are siblings who are uprooted to a new home with their actress grandmother. After the eccentric lady decides the children must learn to act as well, they find it difficult to adjust to their amazing new lifestyle.