The School at the Top of the Dale
New teacher Tom doubts he'll ever feel welcome in Risingdale, a sleepy, close-knit village in the Yorkshire Dales. Faced with pupils who know more about livestock than arithmetic, a feisty landowner's daughter and a duplicitous jewellery thief, his first term proves to be a baptism of fire.
'You're nearly old enough to be dead, aren't you, Grandma?' 'If teachers keep asking you questions, does that mean they don't know much?' Compiled by former school inspector Gervase Phinn, this collection of children's disarming observations and impossible-to-answer questions proves Phinn’s point that 'on the whole' children are an amazing source of amusement and wonder.