We started reading this series, The Melendy Quartet by Elizabeth Enright last summer and keep coming back to them. We all love them. The writing is so witty and well crafted—they are truly a pleasure to read out loud. I found them by accident. I checked them out of the library randomly and was so taken with the writing style and the laid-back/old-timey joy of childhood the stories describe that we bought them all.
We haven't read anything else by Elizabeth Enright but she has a ton out there. These were written in the 1940s and you can tell. They are wordy (hooray vocabulary!) and wonderful, and a bit dated in the best way. Another bonus for our family, school is not a huge topic in these books. The adventures unfold outside of school, which seems unusual in fiction for older kid readers, unless it's fantasy.
Maybe it's more of a reflection of our lives when we first read them, but they make me think of hot summers, dirty socks, missing pets, late nights, and scheming plans—and it just makes me happy.
I have a post up over at SouleMama (as part of her soulful mothering series) about my family cookbook— please take a peek!