| || The Arden Books|
by E. Nesbit
First book: 1908
Janet found the first of the two books, The House of Arden (1908), for me at Christmas 2014. In the story, Edred Arden, a nine-year-old poor orphan, unexpectedly discovers that he’s actually the next Lord Arden, but still pennyless unless he and his sister can use a magic spell to travel through time and discover where the family treasure lies hidden—much like the time-traveling mechanism in Nesbit’s earlier The Story of the Amulet. The second book, Harding’s Luck (1909), retells part of the story from the viewpoint of a minor character, Dickie.
Hear, Oh badge of Arden’s house,
The spell my little age allows;
Arden speaks it without fear,
Badge of Arden’s house, draw near,
Make me brave and kind and wise,
And show me where the treasure lies.