Children's Ann Pilling Amber's Secret

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Amber's Secret

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It is 1953, Coronation year, and Sally finds herself having to stay with her crabby old nextdoor neighbour. Her mum’s seriously ill in hospital, her dad’s abroad, and her brother is doing his National Service, and when the grandfather clock breaks into a million pieces, her life goes terribly wrong…

AMBER’S SECRET is the story of a young girl’s struggle to mend her mother’s favourite grandfather clock – if she can’t mend it, she believes her mother won’t get better. Her gypsy friend, Amber, has told her a secret which Sally is determined to use to help against seemingly impossible odds. The people she meets and the friends she makes – especially with the wonderful old man, Charlie, the clock maker – will engage every child’s imagination, and Sally’s conviction that her mother will die if she can’t get the clock mended, keep one turning the pages of this delightful story to the very end.

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Ann Pilling won the Guardian Award for Henry’s Leg (Puffin). Her writing is strong and atmospheric and her sense of time and place is second to none.

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"Did you know," said Amber one day to her friend, Sally, "that if you pick up the phone and ring Appleford 616 you can speak to God?"

Sally stared. Amber was a gypsy child, she knew secrets.

It's Coronation Year, 1953. Sally's mother has been taken seriously ill and is in the hospital, her father is Abroad, and her big brother is doing his National Service in the army. Sally finds herself all alone and having to stay with grumpy old Mrs Spinks next door, when something absolutely terrible happens… so terrible that she can't tell anybody about it… and she desperately needs to talk to someone like God very much, or to an angel, or to some helpful human being who might know what to do…

Ann Pilling's story of Ally's determination against all odds is both moving and compelling. Set against a grim, post-war Britain, it is evocative and absorbing – a book which says a lot about love, friendship and courage.

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