Maggie never lasts long at any boarding school. She doesn’t get along with the other students at all, and she is always in trouble with the teachers. When she is finally kicked out one to many times her Uncle Morris comes to pick her up and take her to live with her great aunts. From the start Maggie realizes that her Uncle Morris is a very eccentric man. For one thing he asks her questions that don’t seem to make any sense, and he says the most curious things.
But Maggie endures the trip, because she is sure that living with her great aunts will be wonderful. She can see them in her mind as kind, caring old ladies living in the perfect house of her dreams. But when Uncle Morris finally arrives at Maggie’s new home she finds that reality is much different. Her great aunts are perfectionists that have great plans for reforming Maggie. In addition, the nice home that she had imagined is really a huge building that used to be a boarding school. Now the empty classrooms and dormitory rooms remain but there are no students. The whole building is sort of frightening. What is more some people even say that it is haunted.
Then Maggie starts hearing strange voices. She isn’t sure where they are coming from but they seem to be speaking about her. Maggie is determined to figure out where the voices are coming from, and eventually they lead up to the top of the great boarding school to the attic. Little does she realize that it will result in an unusual adventure that will teach her how to love and will change her personality more than any boarding school or strict great aunt ever could.
“Behind the Attic Wall” is, in my opinion, a fairly good book. The descriptions are vivid, and many of the characters are quite unusual. I particularly liked the way Maggie and Uncle Morris were described. The story’s plot is definitely unique, and sure to intrigue readers. The mysterious aspects of the plot are revealed in just the right order and at just the right time. Overall I would definitely recommend “Behind the Attic Wall,” by Sylvia Cassedy.
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