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.
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