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Gender: Female
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Esmee Rice was a journalist with The Age newspaper, wrote stories for children, and was the sister of Dorothy Blewett.

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The Secret Family 1948 single work children's fiction children's

From the 'Junior Bookshelf' review:

One of the best of recent books for girls, "The Secret Family," by Esmee Rice (Angus and Robertson) is a refreshing story with an unusual plot. The book takes its title from the marionettes secretly carved by a lonely 14-year-old school-girl, Ariel Strong. Brought up without a mother, Ariel turns her affections to her family of puppets, for whom she devises plays. Afraid that her love of puppets will bring her derision, she hides them for years until the secret gradually comes out, and her artistic talent is given the encouragement it deserves. Through the story runs incidental life at a Melbourne girls' school and the background to Ariel's problem — her father's unintentional estrangement from her and his remarriage. Mrs. Rice tells her story with keen feeling and insight. She displays her characters and unfolds her plot with skilful economy. 

Source: Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Saturday 18 December 1948, page 8

1950 highly commended Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
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