Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What's Behind the Attic Wall?

Maggie's learned how not to be friendly. Ever since her parents died, she's been shipped off to so many boarding schools that she's got the routine down. So when she's sent to live with her two strict aunts, she's not the least bit surprised when they find her disagreeable. After strange Uncle Morris drops her off at the old house known as Adelphi Hills Academy, which resembles all of the other gloomy girls' schools she's been through, she's certain she'll hate it just the same. The house seems very quiet, and Maggie thinks the other girls must be hiding, playing a trick on her. But she's not easily fooled, and who cares anyway? Her aunts will probably send her away as soon as they realize how rotten she is. Since Maggie doesn't play with dolls, she shares her world with her imaginary friends the Backwoods girls. She enjoys walking them through the house, showing them everything she "owns". They're always enamored by her, which makes Maggie feel less lonely. When she begins hearing voices coming from behind the walls, she's not sure what to make of them. Her aunts think she's delusional, but Uncle Morris hints that he believes her, and even though his words seem like nonsense, Maggie's curiosity about the voices reveals a secret that may open her heart. Where are the voices coming from? Will Maggie be able to stay at Adelphi Hills or will her aunts kick her out? What does Uncle Morris know? You will have to read this enchanting story to find out!

Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy is one of my favorite stories. The writing is brilliant, and it's impossible not to feel drawn in by the scenes in the old house; there's so much mystery behind the walls! Maggie is an intriguing character, one you can't help but feel sorry for and, at the same time, dislike. It's easy to understand why she acts the way she does, but there were times when I would cringe because I knew she was getting herself in deep. I love the whimsical ways of Uncle Morris, and the secret Maggie uncovers will keep you turning the pages. I recommend this book for young readers in fifth grade and up and all those who enjoy being captivated by unique characters.

Has anyone else read Behind the Attic Wall? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading!
~L

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23 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this, but it sounds good. It's hard to make a book good with a character that you somewhat dislike so it must be good if it's one of your favorites.

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    1. Hi Natalie, It's an excellent book- Maggie is a very interesting character! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~ L

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  2. I've actually never heard of this, either. It does sound good (although a little creepy with voices behind the walls and no other girls at the academy). But now you have definitely gotten me curious.

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    1. Hi Alex, You will really like this book- it has a very elegant, classic feel, and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. Thanks so much for popping by! ~ L

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  3. I haven't heard of this either! It sounds like a great read though, and definitely something I would have loved as a kid!

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    1. Hi Meradeth, I really enjoyed it! It's an older book, but still a great read. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us! ~ L

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  4. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful cover. Its one of those that tells a story all by itself.

    I so like the sound of Maggie, she's one of those characters I know I'd find myself reaching out to.

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    1. Hi Tracy, This is a story I'm sure you'll enjoy! The cover is amazing. I love the details, and found myself looking back at it throughout the story. :) ~ L

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  5. I love the cover and title and your excellent review has me ready to read this book. It sounds like it would really appeal to young girls also. Of course I love the main characters' name and this is likely to be another one I order for my Maggie. She still loves to read. :)

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    1. Hi Anna Maria. Thank you! I hope you like the book- its very unique! Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ L

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  6. Oh gosh this sounds fantastic. Another addition to pinboard.

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    1. Hi Heidi, It's a great story! Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us. :) ~ L

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  7. Sounds like once you start, you cannot put it down.

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    1. Hi Lady Lilith, It definitely is!

      Hi Editors at Work, Thanks for stopping by. :) ~ L

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  9. Thanks for telling me about this one. I hadn't heard of it but will certainly be looking for it.

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    1. Hi Rosi, I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~ L

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  10. I love the sound of this one. I'm not sure I would like Maggie, but I would like to know what’s behind the attic wall. Intriguing.

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    1. Hi Barbara, You would love this story- I'm sure of it! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~ L

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    1. Hi Alex, Thanks for chiming in. :) ~ L

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  12. I have two students who will love this book. Hope to read this with them soon!

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    1. Hi Claudine, YOU WILL LOVE THIS STORY! I hope you get a chance to share it with your students. :) ~ L

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