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Behind the Attic Wall (Avon Camelot Books) Paperback – March 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: Avon Camelot Books
  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl; Reissue edition (March 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380698439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380698431
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By E. Villarreal on October 23, 2001
Format: Library Binding
I read this book for the first time when I was 12, and loved it... to this day it is one of my all time favourites!
It is a heartwarming, wonderful story, beautifully written, with very well developed and believable characters (hard to find in kids books), an excellent plot and a magical ending!!... All in all a Masterpiece for Children!
Maggie is a 12 year old girl, who is sent to live with her two very strict and conservative great aunts after she was thrown out from yet another boarding school.
They and her uncle Morris are her only living relatives.
When she arrives to their house she wants to immediatly leave; they are not nice, they are very strict and they do not love her or want her there.
Then one day, she began hearing whisperings and voices coming from the other side of the closet, and when she finally discovered to whom those voices belonged to, she found her own private fantasy and magical world and felt for the first time that she was loved and that she belonged.
If there was a chance to put six or seven stars, this is one of the few books that would get them! (5 SOLID stars)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on February 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I looked it up on Amazon just to see if it was still around. This book helped me fall in love with the magical world of reading.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "mtgat" on November 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
Like so many others, I too read this first as a child of about 10, and then found it again as an adult (I'm 28 now). This book exemplifies what people are just now rediscovering with the Harry Potter books, that the themes and simple yet elegant prose found in children's literature resonates for all ages. Maggie is a loner, shuffled from place to place all her life. When she's finally kicked out of the last boarding school and given to her great aunts' custody in drafty old Adelphi Hills, it's just another temporary place to her. And then the voices start, and like any heroine from a Gothic novel, she goes exploring to find out the secret behind the walls.
The characters in this book jump from the page, and go home with the reader. Who could forget Miss Christabel or Timothy John, or mad Uncle Morris? When Maggie finally discovers their secret, it is not a great shock to the reader, but more a fulfillment of expectation. The greater secret is at the end, which affects me every time I reread the book. It's a must-have for anyone with children.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By illibrium on January 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm 24 now and still remember this book...we had to pick a book to read in 4th grade and I chose this one instead of "Dolls in the Attic" (The teacher obviously wasn't too interested in her male student's sense of masculinity.) I read the book, it surprisingly drew me in, but its atmosphere stood out more than anything...I still remember Maggie being driven to her new home, being sick, not knowing what to do with the handkerchief that was lent to her to wipe her mouth on so she drops it from the car window. (You'd have to read it.) This was described so well, I still remember, with every sense, the picture my 10-year-old imagination painted. That stuff still sticks with me for some reason. I've never read it since, but I plan to have my daughter read it when she's old enough. It has some very appropriate themes for children that age that I think many kids would identify with, such as the need for love and acceptance. The creepiness of this book is almost Lovecraftian. What you don't know or are left to infer about this book really disturbs you. I can't say it's really impacted my life significantly, it just seems worth mentioning that I even remember some girly book about talking dolls I read that long ago.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
A book's success is decidedly determined by it's staying power. In viewing previouly written reviews, I find that I am not the only woman in her mid-twenties, who has enjoyed this book repeatedly. I, too, first read this story as a young girl. I, too, have a copy stashed away with 'my favorite things' from childhood. I am 27 years old, now, with two children of my own. The box of 'favorite things' was long ago buried beneath old baby cribs, kid's clothes, and holiday decorations. On a recent trip to the juvenile section of the local library, to make a few selections for my youngsters, I spotted "Behind the Attic Wall". I checked it out, and delightedly took the journey to 'Maggie's world', once again.
Maggie has been described as "bad", but I believe a more correct description is 'hardened'. She has suffered a great deal, in such a short lifetime, with virtually no guidance. She is constantly told what she SHOULD NOT do, and rarely instructed on what she SHOULD do. I believe that most of us have experienced this unfortunate method of child-rearing, doomed to continue making mistakes until we stumble upon the 'correct' way to do things. When Maggie IS told what she should be doing, it is frequently coupled with insults regarding her intelligence or personal appearance. Again, especially for young girls, this sort of child-rearing is devastating to one's self esteem. I believe the author did a wonderful job portraying the human heart, and all of its weaknesses and strengths. Maggie is 'hard' because she is fighting to love herself. She allows herself to be caught-up in a world of daydreams, because the real world is often cruel and bleak.
This story is one of wonder, heartache, and joy. A lost little girl, an enormous empty world, and a mysterious secret that would release her from herself. I highly recommend it, no matter what your age.
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