Honor Arundel Robert Bell - Essay

Robert Bell

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

In addition to writing a very satisfying story, [Honor Arundel] shows quite outstanding skill in character drawing [in Green Street]. The children are very real, and their reactions to situations absolutely genuine. It is refreshing to find that the adults, so often conventional and even shadowy figures in the background in books of this kind, are just as skilfully portrayed. There is no fantasy or contrivance, or any attempt to avoid the problems and disappointments which inevitably temper the successes. It is a most sincere and heart-warming book…. (p. 222)

Robert Bell, "Eleven to Fifteen: 'Green Street'," in The School Librarian and School Library Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, March, 1966, pp. 221-22.

In Green Street Honor Arundel brings to life a whole street in Edinburgh and the people in it…. There is a most heartening combination of children from different social levels, united in their desire to save Green Street and bring it back to its original character. Their efforts are finally successful, and the houses are restored, but there is a most realistic drawback to this when the rents go up and some of the people in the street are bitterly resentful of the children's meddling. The different families are well drawn, and the adults are just as real as the children. A good story, about the things that are important nowadays to children and adults alike.

"Stay at Homes," in The Times Literary Supplement (© Times Newspapers Ltd. (London) 1966; reproduced from The Times Literary Supplement by permission), No. 3351, May 19, 1966, p. 433.