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…
A young girl’s struggle to mend her mother’s favourite grandfather clock set against Coronation year in 1953.
Sally’s determination against seemingly impossible odds, will capture every child’s imagination. The people she meets – including the gypsy girl, Amber – and her 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, atmospheric, chilling, and sometimes gory.From the Back Cover:
'Did you know,' said Amber one day to her friend, Sally, 'that if you pick up the phone and ring Appleford 616 you can talk 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 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…
ANN PILLING won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for her book 'Henry's Leg'
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