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Children's Fiction Time Travel

The Girl from the Attic

by (author) Marie Prins

Common Deer Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Time Travel, Emotions & Feelings, Post-Confederation (1867-), Stepfamilies
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
5 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
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Step into the mysterious world of The Girl From the Attic. This gripping historical fiction novel takes young readers on a journey through a strange house where time travel and tragedy collide.

Maddy Rose lives in two worlds. A hundred years apart. In the same strange house built as an octagon. When a mysterious black cat leads her into its unknown attic, she meets Clare and his very sick sister Eva. Together Maddy and Clare jump into a money-making scheme in his uncle’s dangerous soap factory to buy a cure for Eva. But an unexpected tragedy befalls them. And then Maddy is pulled back into her own time to confront the premature birth of her own sister. As she navigates both past and present, she learns valuable lessons about love, resilience, and the power of hope.

Perfect for readers who love a captivating blend of historical fiction and time travel, "The Girl From the Attic" is a must-read for anyone looking for a thrilling and heartwarming tale.



About the author

Contributor Notes

For Marie Prins, life has been, in one way or another, about books. As a child, she devoured them; at university, she studied them with a BA in English Literature; as an adult, she sold them at The Toronto Women’s Bookstore and Parentbooks. Now she teaches children how to read them.

Editorial Reviews

"The friendship of Maddy and Clare is timeless in every sense. The Girl from the Attic is a creative story with endearing characters that vividly transports you through time, allowing the reader to experience the timelessness of family and friendship. I loved it and didn't even see the twist coming at the end!" – The Uncommon Quest Jurors

"Uncommon elements give this time-travel novel a charming spin." – Kirkus Reviews

"The Girl in the Attic is a compelling, human read with three-dimensional characters and enough charm and tension to keep readers entertained." – CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A nostalgic time capsule for the first decade of two successive centuries, The Girl from the Attic is a charming lesson in gratitude and what it means to live in the present." – Quill & Quire

"The plot and mood were very deep and I loved getting to know the characters." -- Netgalley

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