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Nimmo, Jenny

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
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Peter Bramwell

Nimmo, Jenny 

(1944–), British author. Solitary children, family mysteries, and Welsh landscapes and legends figure frequently in Nimmo's fantasies, such as The Snow Spider Trilogy (1986–1989) and the Children of the Red King series, which started with Midnight for Charlie Bone (2002). Nimmo was producing and writing for the children's television series Jackanory when she wrote her first novel, The Bronze Trumpeter (1974), in which a Sicilian boy, Paolo, meets some commedia dell'arte players while his father is fighting in World War I. That war is also at the heart of a ghost story set in the present, The Rinaldi Ring (1999), which is rich in mystery and literary allusion. Conservation is a theme of Ultramarine (1990), its sequel Rainbow and Mr Zed (1992), and, for younger readers, The Owl-Tree (1997), which, like The Snow Spider, won a Smarties Award. The picture books Gwion and the Witch (1996) and Branwen (1997), illustrated by Jac Jones, retell Welsh myths.

Peter Bramwell

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