Martha is humble and unspoilt, despite living a life of utter luxury at Lottery Lodge with her (mostly absent) father and stepmother, Penelope.
Mitch lives at the boys’ orphanage, a dilapidated mansion run by Ariadne Scattypants.
Neither child has any idea about the life the other is leading.
Between Lottery Lodge and the orphanage is a dense wood and it is here that a band of wild boys live. Mitch finds himself at their mercy, but somehow manages to scrabble his way out of the woods, emerging at Martha’s wonderful home.
However, here, too, things are taking a sinister turn.
About the Author
‘Imagination is a wonderful gift, like a magical sixth sense. I often live inside mine - it can be a very entertaining place to be! It’s where magic is woven, secrets are revealed, danger lurks and surprises shock. It’s where all sorts of unusual characters dwell, all of them with a story to tell. When I get to know them and their tales well enough, I write it all down and, as the mystery unfolds or the enthralling adventure begins, I am swept along too, laughing, crying and quaking along with my characters, and breathing a great sigh of relief when everything turns out for the best at the end.’ Helen Laycock is a former primary school teacher and English specialist from the UK. As well as Martha and Mitch, she has written the following eight children’s mystery/adventure books for readers of 8+ Glass Dreams, Salt, Mandrake’s Plot, The Secret of Pooks Wood, Song of the Moon, Mr Charlie Chumpkins, The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins, A Mouthful of Chuckles (Poetry) She has also put together two contrasting collections of short stories for adults and is working on three more. She has collections of humorous poetry, one each for children and adults and has recently made her first foray into script-writing. Helen regularly enters writing competitions in the UK and has had around thirty wins/shortlistings for both poetry (serious and humorous) and short stories, successes including Words With Jam, The Ryedale Book Festival, Writing Magazine, Writers’ News, Writers’ Forum, Flash500, Thynks Publications, Erewash Writers and various online contests. She has four pieces published in the One Word Anthology by Talkback Writers and three further pieces are due to be published in separate anthologies this year. She has also had several pieces of flash fiction published on the CafeLit website.