Author – Anne Fine
Age – 10+
Daniel has always believed he was a sickly child, kept inside and bedridden most of the time. When neighbours report this to the local doctor, he tricks Daniel’s mother into letting him inside and he rescues Daniel from his room. His mother is admitted to the local asylum.
When his mum hangs herself, there is little for Daniel to inherit, other than a very large, exquisitely made doll’s house – an exact replica scale model of the great house in which his mother grew up in.
But why did she hide him away? What does the doll’s house have to do with it? And who is the strange Uncle Jack he has never heard of?
This is an eerie, chilling story, set in Victorian England. Great read.
(Action, Betrayal, Conflict, Courage, Family, Eerie, Historical, 19th Century, Gothic)