Mary’s family has moved into a huge Victorian mansion. She loves her gigantic new house, especially her room. But then she begins to meet the house’s other residents. Mrs. Murray was murdered in Mary’s new house. At first she tries to scare the new residents away, but there seems to be a force connecting the ghost to Mary. Even the stranded Brownies, the little people who live between the walls, feel that connection. When Mary becomes deathly ill, the Brownies and the ghost team up to try to rescue her, only to encounter a witch and her evil minions. Time is running out. They must rescue Mary from a fever-induced dream world before she is trapped there forever. As well as being a fun read for young readers, the story gives an historical perspective to childhood, as it dates to the 1960s. It also deals with some very current issues, specifically bullying.
This house was so much a part of my growing up. It was deeply ingrained in my memories. So much of this house made me what I am today. And it certainly inspired "The Piccadilly Street Series", complete with the ghost, who was very real. Home is where the heart is. There's no place like home for the holidays - or any other time for that matter. This house was, and always will be, home, my home.
There was a ghost in my childhood home. And, when we first moved in, she would storm around the kitchen banging cupboard doors. We also had bats, just to add to the spooky factor.
This is my story as well as being Mary's story. I wanted to give an introduction from my perspective before launching into Mary's story, which is written in third person. This intro-excerpt demonstrates my storytelling style, which I love to use whenever I can.
There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person's life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? What if King James VI of Scotland didn't succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away? And, what if there was another heir to the Scottish throne?
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to suddenly find yourself in another time? Another place? I have. It's both confusing and unsettling all at once. But jumping through time certainly opens up the endless realm of possibilities and allows the imagination to go wild. I had a lot of fun writing this story, filled with multiple jumps through time. Is it possible? Why not!
I felt this same draw, a fascination, really, when visiting all of the sites in Scotland that were historically associated with the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots. It was almost as if the queen's ghost were calling out to me. Yes, I do believe in supernatural attractions, time travel and reincarnation. In this life, I believe that just about anything is possible. So, my what if scenarios have a real sense of endless possibilities.
This is part memoir for me, as Gran and I stood on the shores of Loch Leven, watching a storm roll in, wondering if we should make the trip across the water to the island castle. The waves were rough and neither of us wanted to venture out on rough water. Later.
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