The Museum of Mary Child

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Penguin Group Australia, Feb 27, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 336 pages

Heloise lives with her godmother in an isolated cottage. Next door is a sinister museum dedicated to the memory of Mary Child. Visitors enter it with a smile and depart with fear in their eyes. One day, Heloise finds a doll under the floorboards. Against her godmother's wishes, she keeps it. And that's when the delicate truce between Heloise and her godmother begins to unravel . . .

Heloise runs away. She journeys far, but one day she must return to uncover the secret at the heart of her being.

A timeless love story and a bewitching fairy tale from the masterful creator of Claire de Lune.

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

I wasn't sure where this book was going with elements of fantasy, mystery, and Gothic horror as Heloise searches for love. Sure to go over the heads of many, but the gruesome scary parts will appeal. Read full review

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User Review  - lfae - LibraryThing

Well, that was strange! So Heloise was a doll in the end, brought to life by her godmother who was Mary Child after all... what a trip. I like how it all came together at the end, and loved the ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Cassandra Goldswas born in Sydney and grew up reading Hans Christian Andersen, C.S. Lewis and Nicholas Stuart Gray over and over again - and writing her own stories as soon as she could hold a pen. Her first book, Michael and the Secret War, was accepted for publication when she was nineteen years old, and she has been writing a monthly cartoon serial, illustrated by Stephen Axelsen, for the New South Wales School Magazinefor so many years now that she has got quite good at it. She wrote Clair-de-Luneafter coming upon the fascinating fact that many people have difficulty in saying their own name without 'pulling back' their voice. She wrote The Mostly True Story of Matthew and Trimafter seeing the bronze statue of Trim on the windowsill of the Mitchell Library in Sydney and thinking, for just a moment, that it was real. No one quite knows why she wrote The Museum of Mary Child, but her fans are glad she did. Born on the Horses' Birthday (August 1st), she once had a racehorse named after her which unfortunately drowned. She sings for a hobby, has owned a map of Narnia since she was ten, and would like to be an actor if she wasn't a writer -- but only if she could be in a production of Hairor Godspell. Her most recent novel is The Three Loves of Persimmon, winner of the 2011 Victorian Premier's Literary Awa

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