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Dodie Smith

14 children’s books by the writer

Dorothy Gladys 'Dodie' Smith was born in 1896 in Lancashire and was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. Her first novel, I Capture the Castle, written when she lived in America during the 1940's, marked her crossover debut from playwright to novelist. The novel became an immediate success and was produced as a play in 1954. She has written numerous other novels but is best known today for The Hundred and One Dalmatians, a story for younger readers grown out of her life-long love of the spotty dog and inspired by her own experiences. The Hundred and One Dalmatians became the basis of two Disney Films. She lived in a cottage with her husband and many pets, in the Essex countryside that she loved, until her death in 1990, aged 94.

12+ years

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith, Ruth Steed

I Capture the Castle

'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Cassandra Mortmain lives with her Bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere ...

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12-17 years

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle

Welcome to the world of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. Written over eight months and in three notebooks, Cassandra tells of her extraordinary and very eccentric family and their life in a crumbling ramshackle castle. What was a very quiet and unassuming ...

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8-12 years

The Starlight Barking

Dodie Smith, David Roberts

The Starlight Barking

Dodie Smith's classic sequel to The Hundred and One Dalmations. Strange things are happening. Dogs are the only creatures in the world that are awake, and they can communicate through thought waves. Best of all, they can swoosh through ...

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12+ years

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle

Welcome to the world of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. Written over eight months and in three notebooks, Cassandra tells of her extraordinary and very eccentric family and their life in a crumbling ramshackle castle. What was a very quiet and unassuming ...

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10+ years

101 Dalmatians

Dodie Smith, David Roberts

101 Dalmatians

Dodie Smith's classic tale now available as an ebook. When Missis and Pongo's puppies go missing, the two Dalmatian parents know the scary Cruella De Vil has had something to do with it. After all, she adores furs ...

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12-17 years

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle

"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining-board, which I have padded with our dog's blanket and the tea-cosy". This is the diary of ...

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Dodie Smith

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Pongo and Missis Pongo, pampered dogs from Regent's Park, have their 15 beloved puppies stolen by the outrageous Cruella de Vil, who thinks their coats will make a nice fur jacket. The Pongos set out to rescue their pups ...

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12-17 years

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle

"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink..." This is the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, which tells of her extraordinary family and their crumbling castle home. Cassandra's father was once a famous writer, but now he mainly reads detective ...

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