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A Stitch in Time

Written by Penelope Lively

Part of the Collins Modern Classics Series

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on A Stitch in Time

Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016  Award-winning Penelope Lively’s classic story humorously captures the dreamy and imaginary world of eleven year old Maria. An only child, Maria is used to quietly observing the world around her. When her parents rent a house by the sea full of the objects and curios of previous occupants, Maria finds herself drawn into the life of Harriet, a child who lived there previously. Imaginative Maria, who can converse with the grumpy and opinionated cat, weaves a story around Maria but is it what really happened? Penelope Lively elegantly explores how the lives of children are effected by lives in the past. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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A Stitch in Time by Penelope Lively

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A Stitch in Time Synopsis

Essential Modern Classics are relaunched in gorgeous new covers bringing these timeless story to a new generation.

Maria likes to be alone with her thoughts. She talks to animals and objects, and generally prefers them to people. But whilst on holiday she begins to hear things that aren't there - a swing creaking, a dog barking - and when she sees a Victorian embroidered picture, Maria feels a strange connection with the ten-year-old, Harriet, who stitched it. But what happened to her? As Maria becomes more lost in Harriet's world, she grows convinced that something tragic occurred...

Perfect for fans of ghostly mysteries like Tom's Midnight Garden.


The Good Book Guide Review

Engaging time fantasy in which Maria, on holiday at the seaside and thinking about fossils, discovers the 'ghost' of Harriet from a hundred years ago. and why Harriet left her sampler unfinished.

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ISBN: 9780007443277
Publication date: 01/09/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007443277
Publication date: 1st September 2011
Author: Penelope Lively
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks

About Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively is an author with a shelf full of awards.  For her book, A Stitch in Time, she scooped the Whitbread award; The Ghost of Thomas Kempe earned her the Carnegie Medal in 1973 and she has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize several times for her adult novels. Penelope has written a number of Yellow Banana books for Egmont including Dragon Trouble and Debbie and the Little Devil. Penelope regularly reviews books and writes articles for the national papers.  She has also written radio and TV scripts; and acted as presenter for a Radio 4 programme on children's ...

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