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Girl in the Attic [Paperback]

Valerie Mendes
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15 July 2002
Valerie Mendes' gripping, fast-moving novel explores the whirlpools of change in teenagers' lives, the strengths of friendship, and the inescapable, binding pull of love. Thirteen-year-old Nathan is furious when his mum hauls him off to Cornwall for Christmas and then tells him they are to move there for good. He wants to be back with Dad, with his best friend, Tom, in his London life. But then he finds a cottage - and a girl. The girl in the attic. Who is she and what is the family secret that haunts her life?

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's; 1st edition (15 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689836805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689836800
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Valerie Mendes was born in Buckinghamshire and attended the North London Collegiate School. Soon after taking a double honours degree in English and Philosophy at Reading University, she moved to Oxford, where she still lives. She is, proudly, the mother of the theatre and film director, Sam Mendes CBE. Valerie started writing stories when she was six. That summer she spent the first of many holidays in St Ives, Cornwall - a place which for her has always been particularly special, and where most of this book is set. Girl in the Attic is her eighth published book and her first full-length novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing yet a twisting story line! 6 Nov 2002
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this book when i read it was so gripping, i wanted to read more but i couldnt seem to get hold of them. i advise you read it, i think this book is especially aimed at teenagers and their problems. its about a boy whos parents split up, his mum wants them to move down to cornwall. he is exploring and sees a girl in the attic. over a period of time they begin to have feeling for each other. she then finds out her dad isnt her real dad. she only finds this out though when her dad is in a fight at the pub . . i wont tell you any more or other wise it will spoil it when you read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 13 April 2013
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Suspenceful at times- A nice quick read with a couple of supprises and a decent ending. At first I thought it was going to be a bit creepy and slightly supernatural but with a couple of references to witchcraft- It was fine
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark book. 9 Jan 2013
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Not all flowers and roses this book but a nice contrast to all the mushy clap trap available for teenagers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I DIDNT LIKE IT ! 3 Dec 2012
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light romance for the juniors 2 Sep 2005
By M. A. Bechaz - Published on
I was looking forward to reading this book since I thought it was going to be a cool, spooky, gothic, cerebral sort of a mystery novel. I was wrong. It was actually a rather lukewarm, tame and predictable book. Worse, it actually read like a Harlequin romance novel for junior teens, with that flowery, meandering, jargony style of writing that romance novels are so well known for. To help illustrate what I mean, I'll quote you a few lines from the book: 'He felt as if the two of them were linked now more deeply than the mere touching of hands' and 'I want to hold her hand, touch her hair, take her in my arms'. Personally, I found this a little out of place in a book written from the perspective of a 13 year old boy. Sure, 13 year old boys are usually interested in girls, but not in such an overtly romantic way. This author seemed to have no idea how teenage boys think or see the world. The WORST example of this was when the book says 'Nathan looked at Charlie's lean, narrow face, untidy grey curls, generous mouth, smiling deep blue eyes.' To put this in context, Charlie is a MIDDLE AGED MAN. What 13 year old boy would ever look at a middle aged man and think about his 'generous mouth' or 'smiling deep blue eyes'? That was just WRONG, and led me to the conclusion that this book's author, Valerie Mendes, should perhaps be writing romance novels for older women rather than junior fiction.

There were also some big logic gaps in this book, but if I had to list them all, this review would run forever. You have to suspend disbelief reasonably often. People in this book don't necessarily react or behave as ordinary people like you or I might, given the situations they're in. There's a lot of melodrama, too, but rest assured, it's all easily solved by the conclusion of the book for the predictable happy ending.

Teenage boys will NOT like this's just too schmaltzy and girly. Teen girls might like it, if they're very romantically inclined. Personally I didn't like it much...I've read better. But then again, I've read worse. It's very middle-of-the road. However, it might appeal to kids whose parents are getting divorced, or who are facing the prospect of having to move house and leave their friends behind.
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