An out-of-work actor, Hercules Feltwright, stumbles into a job tutoring Willet Goody, the only child of a widow living in a large, lonely house. Willet quickly involves his tutor in the search to discover the truth about his father. The mystery unfolds with the discovery of hidden treasure, a gypsy sťance, and the frightening exploration of the tomb of Midas Goody.
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A gifted artist and writer, Natalie Babbitt is the award-winning author of the modern classic Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Kneeknock Rise and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. Kneeknock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor Medal, and in 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a grandmother of three.Review:
"A young hero hired as tutor in an isolated house; an empty tomb, a seance, and a statue filled with stolen jewels; a double glimpsed in a night garden; and a bang-up Victorian happy ending. Another delicious blend of style, wit, and adventure." --Kirkus Reviews
"A deft period tale, somewhat English in flavor, by the always original author of Kneeknock Rise and The Search for Delicious, centers on a birthday cake of a house proudly owned by young Willet Goody's mother, but overhung with the mystery of his father's disappearance. Gothic elements thicken when Hercules Feltwright (of a long line of hatters) comes to tutor the likable lad. The two manage to piece together the answer to a problem which has grown through the years more and more tangled with deceits...In the marvelously evoked atmosphere of a country establishment surrounded by legends of a costumed robber, Mrs. Babbitt moves precisely and lightly to a happy finale. Adults as well as children will be satisfied with this story for reading aloud." --Virginia Haviland, Book World
"Another Delicious blend of style, wit, and adventure." --The Kirkus Reviews
"An imaginative story for discriminating readers." --School Library Journal (starred)
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374427674
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Natalie Babbitt (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0374427674
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110374427674