At the Guardian she named her ten favorite historical novels for young readers. One book on the list:
The House of Arden by E NesbitRead about the other books on the list.
A wonderfully argumentative pair of Edwardian siblings and a magical white mole slip in and out of British history, getting tangled up with Gunpowder Plotters, Anne Boleyn, Walter Raleigh, the Old Pretender, a Napoleonic invasion and even escaping from the Tower of London. They are in search of the lost family treasure that will allow them to rebuild Arden Castle – and also improve the living conditions of the cottagers on their estate. E Nesbit was a socialist and an activist, who wrote political hymns as well as creating a new genre of children's fiction. You might call it everyday magic – my favourite kind. Compassionate, clever and ironic, E Nesbit makes me laugh out loud.