Leaving it to You

The door opened. S-l-o-w-l-y, but at least it didn’t creak. Just wide enough so that she could see out but I couldn’t see in, and I knew there was no way she was going to let me inside….

It was even worse than Linda had imagined. She’d rather visit the dentist than some old person she didn’t even know! Her teacher had dreamed up this great idea of visiting old people in the community and she was stuck with cranky old Mrs Pugh.

However Linda soon becomes fascinated by this independent Welsh woman with rheumatoid arthritis, a quick temper and a musty house full of cats and antiques.

But when Mrs Pugh is rushed back to hospital, mysterious things start happening – her antiques start to disappear. Is someone stealing them? Do they want to get rid of Mrs Pugh? What can Linda do?

Shortlisted, Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, 1993

Shortlisted, Family Therapy Awards, Australia, 1993

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Dragonfly Song, a novel in free verse and prose of an outcast girl who becomes a bull-leaper in Bronze Age Crete. Read full bio