Tomorrow, the little girl starts kindergarten. This will reduce our little girl time to 2 or 3 hours a day. Am I happy? Actually, um, no. She has a lot of playing left. And I am not all that enamored of our public education system.
Still, she is ready. But who will play with me during those extra hours?
Everybody else keeps growing up!!!
In The Secret of Goldenrod, Trina is almost 11 and entering fifth grade and her father is so embarrassing. They are off to refurbish Goldenrod, a stately home in the middle of nowhere, that has been empty for almost a century. Unlike their other jobs that kept them busy for a month or two, Goldenrod will take a whole year and Trina will have finally time to make friends. She hopes her mother will stop gallivanting around the world and finally return to the family.
Then she sees the old house in a field of yellow weeds, and the house doesn't want them there.
A hidden room, a forgotten dollhouse and its tiny doll, a nasty schoolmate and a small town with secrets add up to a great story.
Author Jane O'Reilly sets this up as a convincing haunted house story, but with the discovery of the dollhouse things begin to change. The last few chapters are the best as they pull everything together and give a happy ending that is also unexpected.