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Hussey, Charmian. The valley of secrets.

HUSSEY, Charmian. The valley of secrets. Simon & Schuster. 382p. illus. c2003. 978-1-41690015-3. $8.99. JS

Steven Lansbury goes from orphan to landowner when he discovers that an unknown great-uncle has left him a mansion in Cornwall. When he arrives, he finds that the land and the owner are mysterious and reclusive. Enchanted by the beauty and the solitude, Steven becomes aware that he may not be alone in the house. The discovery of his great-uncle's diary leads him into a new world, one of prewar exploration in the Amazon, which may have a connection to the mysterious doings at Lansbury Hall. This is a thoughtful, slow-paced book, reminiscent of classic children's literature such as The Secret Garden. Some of it tends toward preachiness, but the Amazon adventure is fun, and this is a good choice for most collections. Deirdre Root, Ref. Libn., Middletown PL, Middletown, OH

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Author:Root, Deirdre
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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