Title: Maidlin Bears the Torch Author: Elsie Jeanette Oxenham Publisher: Girls Gone By Publishers Year: 2009 Condition: New
Maidlin Bears the Torch is no 26 in the reading order of the Abbey series. Maidlin, the beautiful half-Italian girl singer who first appears in The New Abbey Girls, is well known to fans of the Abbey books, but in Maidlin Bears the Torch we meet a new character, Benedicta Bennett (Benneyben), who is a schoolgirl of fifteen. It is quite by chance that she falls in with the Abbey girls, but she proves herself to be a true friend, and a real heroine before the story ends. We also meet many other old friends – Daffodil and Abby Gail, and Rhoda Kane, and Rosamund, at whose wedding Benneyben meets the girls from Wood End School for the first time.
Adrianne Fitzpatrick has written a very helpful article on the Camp Fire organisation, which features in this and other EJO books. And in an article, Setting the Scene, taken from Island to Abbey by Stella Waring and Sheila Ray, we find out exactly how Maidlin fits into the Abbey series.