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New Treasure Seekers

E. Nesbit

Book Overview: 

Oswald, Dora, Dicky, Alice, H.O, and Noel fill their free time with entertainments that don't always turn out as they plan. But whether telling fortunes at a fete, unwittingly assisting an elopement, reforming their nasty cousin Archibald or even getting arrested, it is all good fun, and usually in a good cause.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .mily tree, but such is girls' undetermined and affectionate silliness. "Tell sister all about it, H.O. dear. Why couldn't it be Alice's fault?"

H.O. cuddled up to Dora and said snufflingly in his nose—

"Because she hadn't got nothing to do with it. I collected it all. She never went into one of the houses. She didn't want to."

"And then took all the credit of getting the money," said Dicky savagely.

Oswald said, "Not much credit," in scornful tones.[52]

"Oh, you are beastly, the whole lot of you, except Dora!" Alice said, stamping her foot in rage and despair. "I tore my frock on a nail going out, and I didn't want to go back, and I got H.O. to go to the houses alone, and I waited for him outside. And I asked him not to say anything because I didn't want Dora to know about the frock—it's my best. And I don't know what he said inside. He never told me. But I'll bet anything he didn't mean to cheat."

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Community Reviews

The New Treasure Seekers is a collection of short stories starring the Bastable siblings. Some stories are set BEFORE The Story of the Treasure Seekers; some stories are set AFTER The Wouldbegoods. The stories vary in quality, in my opinion. On the one hand, there are a few stories that are truly...more

This book starts off well, although the story gets jumbled up a bit initially as the narrator starts off with the current Christmas celebration and then went back to the first Christmas after Mrs. Bastable died. After that the chapters started to jump back and forth in time until the Bastable chi...more

E. Nesbit is one of the best authors for kids' books that every kid and adult should read.

The well-meaning but accident-prone Bastable siblings are given another outing by Edith Nesbit, following on from the success of The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899) and The Wouldbegoods (1900). We reacquaint ourselves with the 'anonymous' author Oswald, with all his familiar malapropisms...more

The Bastables are back in form in these assorted adventures.

one of the wisest pieces of advice i ever received as a child came from this book. i quote:

The Constitutions of Clarendon
Clarendon (sometimes called Clarence) had only one constitution. It must have been a very bad one, because he was killed by a butt of Malmsey. If he had had more constitutions...more

The last book featuring the Bastables, and perhaps the weakest in purely narrative flow. I liked it, but was irritated by the time changes, as well as the lack of conclusion.

On the bright side, the book comes off better if you take it as a series of stories that might be published in a newspaper...more

This book was hilarious and I got plenty of good chuckles out of it. The Bastable children are incorrigible and their adventures are original. I enjoyed Oswald's style of narration. I just wish I could have read the other books first.

The book varies in quality as it is closer to a collection of short stories format rather than a single narrative. A few of the stories remain delightful, but you miss the poignancy of The Treasure Seekers or the spirit of The Wouldbegoods. The ending comes on rather abruptly and I blinked quite...more

I'm not quite sure why I loved this book best of all the Bastable books - maybe because the children are a bit older, and a bit better at doing nice things? Oh God, I'm Dora.

Lovely installment by E. Nesbit.

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