A wealthy orphan, Colley is kidnapped and put to work in a dangerous glass factory and becomes the target of a killer who is completely unaware of Colley's five scrappy friends, who will stop at nothing to protect Colley from any harm.
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Barbara Brooks Wallace, born in China of American parents, had crossed the Pacific Ocean nine times before returning finally to live in the United States. Their first stop was always San Francisco, so that city has forever remained a mystical, magical place for her. It's not surprising that it one day became the setting for her Peppermints in the Parlor, forerunner of four Mystery Writers of America EDGAR nominated books, and two EDGAR winners.From Kirkus Reviews:
Wallace (Cousins in the Castle, 1996, etc.) transports readers back to 19th-century England, to the time when it was not uncommon for orphans to be sold to seemingly charitable homes where they were clothed and fed, but where they were often required to toil long hours in factories. That's the horror that befalls once privileged, recently orphaned Colley Trevelyan, 11. The action takes off at a horse's gallop: After his parents are killed in a carriage accident, Colley is kidnapped and sold to the Broggin Home for Boys. There he is stripped of his name and put to work in a glass factory. It's a far cry from the servants and estate to which he's accustomed, but Colley becomes close to the other boys, and learns about friendship, teamwork, and survival. Wallace is deliberately Dickensian in her portrait of the home and the boys, yet the tale is full of hope: The boys find an unexpected savior, and readers will be borne along by the suspense to an exhilarating conclusion. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Atheneum, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689815859
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