When Marnie Was There
Anna hasn’t a friend in the world – until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn’t all she seems…
A major motion picture adaptation by Studio Ghibli, creators of SPIRITED AWAY and ARRIETTY.
Sent away from her foster home one long, hot summer to a sleepy Norfolk village by the sea, Anna dreams her days away among the sandhills and marshes.
She never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, someone who doesn’t judge Anna for being ordinary and not-even-trying. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than Marnie vanishes…
“Beautifully planned, hauntingly written, these chapters hold a thrilling intensity… The most striking novel in its genre since Tom’s Midnight Garden”
Times Literary Supplement
“Extraordinarily potent fantasy… the climax is both thrilling and intensely moving.”
Children’s Book News
About the author
The second of four children of barrister parents, Joan Robinson spent her early childhood in Hampstead Garden Suburb. She went to seven schools, but passed no exams. Having always wanted to be an illustrator, she began with fourteen books for small children, and later moved on to older children’s fiction. She is internationally renowned for her TEDDY ROBINSON books.
When Anna, an orphan, is sent to live with the Pegs in some town far from home, she is ostracized by her peers. Then she meets Marnie, a peculiar girl who seems to appear in even more peculiar circumstances. When Marnie disappears, Anna is determined to find out where and whom she is. Duerden has a perfect voice for this production. Her British accent and soft voice capture and invite listeners to enjoy the narrative passes. Her emotional inflection helps flesh out the characters, particularly when narrating Anna's inner thoughts. Her vocal characterizations are fantastic. She provides a consistent and emotionally dynamic voice for Anna, while also capturing a variety of other male and female characters with different accents and vocal styles. Each character comes across as unique. Ages 8 12.
One of my favorites
I listen to this book a lot and I never get tired of it I think it’s one of the best.
This book made me cry a jar of tears. But they were the wonderful tears. I love this so much and it will always be a treasured favorite. I will never forget this beautiful girl and her story that so dearly touched my heart.