Middle Grade/YA Review: A Friend Like Annabel


A Friend Like Annabel by Alan Davidson

Age Range: 10 and up

Print Length: 128 pages

Publisher: Straw Hat (November 7, 2011)

Series: Annabel series

Genre: Humor

Source: Bought

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Life in the English
country town of Addendon and its bog-standard high school Lord
Willoughbys is always a riot when 13 year old Annabel’s around. And
there’s not much that best friend Kate [the sensible one] can do about
it. Or anyone else for that matter…

The first of the Annabel books, now reissued in eformat. Five complete stories. Classic British humour.

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About the Author:

A British children’s author whose work has been compared to that of Richmal Crompton,
Alan Davidson is of Scots descent, and was born in Langholm. He was
educated at Thorne Grammar School, and pursued a career in the Civil
Service, before turning to editing and writing. His first children’s
novel was published in 1978, under the pseudonym A.D. Langholm,
undoubtedly chosen to honor his birth-place. Currently, Davidson
publishes under his own name, and later reprints of his earlier work
reflect that change.

My Thoughts:

This isn’t a single story, but rather a collection of short stories
surrounding the character Annabel and her friends. I didn’t know that
when I started reading, so I kept expecting the duck to show up all
throughout the second story. He didn’t.

In spite of my initial confusion, I really liked this collection of
stories. Annabel is a sweet and eternally positive girl that always
manages to look on the bright side if things. She gets carried away in
her fantasies and obscure notions about what she thinks is happening in
her life. The stories are humorous, well written, and clean.

Overall, This is a fun collection of stories that will appeal to kids ages 10 and up.

Content: clean



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