When baby Dimanche is orphaned, Chief Inspector Bullpit advertises for any known relative to come forward. Unluckily for Dimanche, her real aunt does not see the message - but a bogus one does. So Dimanche, who is heir to an enormous fortune, is sent to live with the dreaded Valburga Vilemile.
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‘WHAT CHILDREN WANT IS SQUASHING DOWN!
WHAT CHILDREN WANT IS FLATTENING OUT!’
Would you want a guardian who said that? Neither did Dimanche Diller, but she had one – Valburga Vilemile! And Valburga has more than a squashing planned for Dimanche. After all, it’s only Dimanche who stands in the way of what Valburga wants above everything else – Hilton Hall and the family fortune. But Dimanche isn’t so easy to defeat – so who will flatten who?
Shortlisted for the Guardian Award.
“A galloping story of escape and adventure.”
Henrietta Branford was born in India in 1946 but grew up in the New Forest. Her rural childhood inspired all her writing and shone through her ‘Ruby Red’ stories. The first of her three ‘Dimanche Diller’ books won the Smarties Book Prize (6–8 category) and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.
Henrietta lived in Southampton with her partner, the photographer Paul Carter, until her death on 23 April 1999 from breast cancer. They had three children.
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINSCHILDRENSBOOKS, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6747485