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The Secret Passage Puffin Books

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Three children after they had discovered a secret passage in the cellar of their house It beautifully reflects her own inuisitive nature as she herself has said 'I was a keyhole child fearsomely curious' wedded to her subtly innovative ability to empathise with the child's vi. Nina Bawden’s “The House of Secrets” the same thing as The secret Passage kicks off with a trio of children from Kenya who arrive in England curious of the lives lived there by the seemingly foreign people which include their Aunt Mabel with whom they are living with and help in her daily activities Later their curiosity leads them into uestioning the abandoned house they call the “House of Secrets” I take interest in this book as it gives the reader a sense of suspense leading up to the next discovery one after another with much of it focusing on this ‘House of Secrets’ the seemingly abandoned house next door that the children’s Aunt Mabel had lived in as a child The house is seen as dark and seemingly untouched in many parts of the house for a large period of time and offers the reader a very well drawn mental picture of what it holds I recommend this book to those who are searching for mystery in a busy setting

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Lonely and forlorn after their mother's death and their sudden arrival at Aunt Mabel's seaside boarding house John Mary and Ben Mallory are unimpressed with their new life in England But there are wonderful surprises in store for them when they discover a secret way into the. After an idyllic upbringing in Kenya three young children John Mary and Ben Mallory suddenly lose their mother only to be sent to a bleak seaside resort in England to stay with their 'disagreeable' Aunt Mabel the landlady of a boarding house To the trauma of losing one parent is added the mysterious disappearance of their father a complete change of environment and the ministrations of a relative who is not only distant but seemingly resentfulBewildering as their new life is there are further mysteries how does Aunt Mabel survive when lodgers are few are far between and the two she does have appear not to pay rent Why did their aunt have to move from a grander house next door and are the rumours of a secret passage between the two buildings based on reality And does one of the children truly see a face at the attic window next door or is it their imaginationThis the earliest of Nina Bawden's books for children has an assured touch and a strong narrative the action tipping over from one fraught incident into another until the final resolutions bring the story to a satisfying conclusion even though it's a close run thing This Puffin edition has a note that when republished in 1979 the opening chapters were shortened but nothing essential appears to have been lost in the condensingBawden accurately captures the sense of disorientation that the young must feel when uprooted from what they are used to she achieved something similar in Carrie's War about child evacuees during the war and in Off the Road a dystopia set in the Welsh Marches I myself remember that feeling of strangeness when I moved at roughly the same age and period in 1958 in fact from Hong Kong to a city in the West CountryBut the children are both resourceful and resilient each with their own distinctive personality one curious another serious and cautious the last confidently sociable The various adults are depicted from the Mallory trio's point of view their motives and mood changes for the most part hard to fathom; and there is additionally the enigma of the face at the window to solveI'm guessing the town of Henstable reached by train from London is somewhere on the North Sea coast like Whitstable in Kent It was dark and cold and the wind sliced through their thin clothes like a sharp knife And yet in amongst the drudgery of Britain's postwar years there are signs of positivity with intimations of a flowering of arts in the resort cheerful Mr Agnew one of the lodgers is a sculptor the other lodger Miss Pin old and bird like has a room full of curios and treasures and their new acuaintance Victoria turns out to be a promising young pianistThough no conventional fantasy there is the thrill of that underground passage a portal to access an unknown world what John calls the House of Secrets Not as magical as the back of a wardrobe nor as adventurous as a castle tunnel on an island Bawden's concept is of an Aladdin's cave of a house crammed full of paintings sculptures and objets d'art She has created a limited environment in which to place the human drama one in which it takes a while for some adults to realise that at heart what the children need is love and understanding Visual Communication: Images with Messages 7th Edition various adults are depicted from the Mallory trio's point of The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence - Kindle edition by Josh Waitzkin. Humor & Entertainment Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. view their motives and mood changes for the most part hard to fathom; and there is additionally the enigma of the face at the window to solveI'm guessing the town of Henstable reached by train from London is somewhere on the North Sea coast like Whitstable in Kent It was dark and cold and the wind sliced through their thin clothes like a sharp knife And yet in amongst the drudgery of Britain's postwar years there are signs of positivity with intimations of a flowering of arts in the resort cheerful Mr Agnew one of the lodgers is a sculptor the other lodger Miss Pin old and bird like has a room full of curios and treasures and their new acuaintance Victoria turns out to be a promising young pianistThough no conventional fantasy there is the thrill of that underground passage a portal to access an unknown world what John calls the House of Secrets Not as magical as the back of a wardrobe nor as adventurous as a castle tunnel on an island Bawden's concept is of an Aladdin's cave of a house crammed full of paintings sculptures and objets d'art She has created a limited environment in which to place the human drama one in which it takes a while for some adults to realise that at heart what the children need is love and understanding

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Grand and empty house next door Soon all sorts of unexpected events will unfold as the siblings encounter a whole host of eccentric characters and happenings a Completed in 1963 The Secret Passage is Nina Bawden's first children's novel and was written especially for her own. The work of Bawden’s which I read the I am beginning to favour her children’s stories over her adult offerings The last couple of the latter which I have read have been thoroughly disappointing I was a little apprehensive when I began The Secret Passage but I very much enjoyed it The story is relatively short only 155 pages in the lovely old Puffin edition I have but it is so well written The relatively simple story – three children living in Africa suddenly have to move to England to live with her aunt after their mother passes away and their father is taken ill – has somehow been rendered unpredictable in terms of what one might expect will happen It reminded me a little of Tom’s Midnight Garden The Secret Garden and Enid Blyton’s mystery stories A lovely lovely book which brought a smile to my face and which is sure to delight even the fussiest young reader

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