Mrs. George De Horne Vaizey
Illustrated by W.H.C. Groome
Sent from Galway to school in Surbiton, England, Pixie encompasses the clichés of Irish character – a warm heart and a quick temper, as well as a strong sense of mischief. Pixie has to counteract the casual racism of her schoolmates: “It will be rather fun to have an Irish girl, don’t you think… They are untidy and quarrelsome, of course, but it is funny to hear them talk, and they make such droll mistakes.” But Pixie soon manages to win her schoolmates hearts. This book is very much of its time but it still has its admirers and was highly successful at the time of publication, so much so that the author wrote two other stories about Pixie. Mrs. De Horne Vaizey, who was born as Jessie Bell, (1857 – 1917) was a writer of 33 books and many short stories and articles. In later life she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and a number of her books deal with the trials of being an invalid.