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Hussey, Charmian. The valley of secrets.

HUSSEY, Charmian. The valley of secrets. Simon & Schuster Simon & Schuster

U.S. publishing company. It was founded in 1924 by Richard L. Simon (1899–1960) and M. Lincoln Schuster (1897–1970), whose initial project, the original crossword-puzzle book, was a best-seller.
. 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 re·clu·sive  
1. Seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation.

2. Providing seclusion: a reclusive hut.
. Enchanted en·chant  
tr.v. en·chant·ed, en·chant·ing, en·chants
1. To cast a spell over; bewitch.

2. To attract and delight; entrance. See Synonyms at charm.
 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 children's literature, writing whose primary audience is children.

See also children's book illustration. The Beginnings of Children's Literature

The earliest of what came to be regarded as children's literature was first meant for adults.
 such as The Secret Garden. Some of it tends toward preachiness, but the Amazon adventure Amazon Adventure is a 1949 children's novel by the Canadian-born American author Willard Price featuring his "Adventure" series characters, Hal and Roger Hunt. It depicts an expedition to the Amazon River to capture animals for their father's wildlife collection business.  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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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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