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When Tizzie’s mum takes a new job in a mysterious house in the middle of the country, Tizzie finds herself far from her friends and everything she’s known before. Lonely and bored, Tizzie begins asking questions about the house. Why is empty? And what will happen to it next? An exciting story about its past – and her own past unfolds.
This is a totally up-to-the-minute story, in the spirit of the highly-acclaimed CATCALL and as atmospheric as Linda's acclaimed teen fiction. And like many of Linda Newbery's novels, it reaches into the past to complete the patchwork of her richly-drawn characters' lives.
Tizzie's unpredictable lifestyle with her feckless mother has brought her to Roven Mere, a mysterious, rambling, isolated, lonely house. She and her mother are expecting to be greeted by Lord Rupert and his daughter, Greta (whom Tizzie thinks will be a longed-for friend). But when they arrive only the staff are in residence. Tizzie presses the reclusive Finnigan for clues as to Greta's whereabouts, but he only answers in riddles. Gradually, however, Tizzie unscrambles the clues and learns all about the history of the house and its inhabitants - and with it, the astonishing truth as to why she has been brought to Roven Mere.
|Publication date:||8th January 2009|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
Linda Newbery always wanted to be a writer, filling exercise books with stories which she hid in her wardrobe, but only began submitting her work once she became a secondary school teacher. She had her first novel published in 1988 and is now a full-time writer. Linda writes for various age groups and has twice been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, for The Shell House and Sisterland and in 2006 won the Costa Children’s Book Award for Set in Stone.Linda lives in a Northamptonshire village with her husband and three cats. She is an active member of the SAS ...More About Linda Newbery