"There are secret passages all around you if you know where to look for them."
Delany was being punished, and deep in her heart, past the excuses she'd like to make for herself, she knew she almost deserved it. And even though that girl, Mattie, had said something dreadful about her father, she knew that she should not have fought with her.
But one can never rewind history to change the past, and so this would be her punishment: to live alone in the old, abandoned Greyford house on the outskirts of the Mayfield School for Girls - a place with covered furniture and rooms leading to other unexpected rooms, and she would be completely and purposefully alone...or so she thought.
Yet there was more to this house than first met the eye: There were secret passages and hidden treasures, lost and forgotten with the passing of time, and a room...a fantastic and otherworldly sort of room, which she decided to call "the Window Room". This is a story about the dangerous and mysterious adventures she found there.
I enjoyed the book so much. It's a kind of world-travel yarn in the style of Lion the Witch and Wardrobe... but it's got a great sense of dry humor which is emphasized by the marvelous narration. The story focuses on the adventures of a headstrong young girl named Delaney Cablefur who is sent to room in a spooky abandoned house by her headmistresses as a punishment. In the maze of rooms she discovers a mysterious living map and a jovial talking groundhog. Delaney becomes swept into an alternate world full of adventure where she and her best frenemy are the only ones who can save the rightful heir to the throne from treachery. It's a great pre-teen book filled with enough wit and strong character to entertain adults as well. I look forward to more in the series. The narrator does a marvelous array of voices, has great humor and really brings the book to life in vibrant and engaging way.
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