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The Coal House

by Andrew Taylor

Alison is thirteen. Her mother has recently died; her Dad has just bought a house in the North 300 miles away from the world she knows. Brimming with resentment, she is determined to dislike the rambling old Coal House, home of the pit owner's family in Victorian times. But in the overgrown garden she meets a new friend, Tommy, cheerfully trespassing. With his help, she begins to gather some clues about the house's past owners and the tragedy in their lives. But who is the lonely figure that lurks in the shadows, looking longingly up at the house? Winner of the 1987 Whitbread Award

Death at the Dolphin (Roderick Alleyn #24)

by Ngaio Marsh

Peregrine crossed the lane and entered the portico of his theatre. He looked at the framed notice: Dolphin Theatre Reopening Shortly Under New Management. It hung immediately under the tatter of a Victorian playbill that he had seen on his first remarkable visit.

Miss Bianca in the Antarctic (The Rescuers, #6)

by Margery Sharp

Miss Bianca, possibly the most daring and accomplished heroine in mouse history, in this latest adventure falls into the greatest peril of even her career. While on an errand of mercy to the Antarctic with her loyal companion Bernard, she is stranded midst desolate wastes untrodden by the foot of man, with not a hope of rescue. Even Miss Bianca is daunted by this, but she soon embarks on a whirl of activity, converting the collected works of Shakespeare into a shelter against the icy blast, attending a ball with a group of friendly penguins, and pitting her wits against those of the tyrannical Emperor Penguin. You will not be surprised to hear, though, that the ever resourceful Miss Bianca at last finds her way home again--by a most unexpected means.

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