The Haunting of Charity Delafield
This is about a girl called Charity who is shut into the grim confinement of her father’s house. When Charity stumbles into the forbidden west wing, she finds her dead mother’s diary and a book of fairy tales. She lives the fairy tales, which I found pretty extraordinary. When Charity tries to read the words in the diary, they become dust and drift away. With the help of a chimney sweep’s boy, Silas, he and Charity find the words from the diary up a chimney. Soon Charity and Silas uncover the mystery of where Charity’s mother, Ariella, is hidden in the immense house. This is a both funny and exciting book, bound to superglue your eyes to its pages.