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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Cynthia's Attic (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Echelon Press Publishing (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590804414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590804414
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,964,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fantastic time travel fantasy that middle school children will treasure. The escapades of Gus and Cynthia grip the audience…with humor and trepidation, but always with fun… Readers will appreciate time traveling with this dynamic duo…and continuing in the past on the high seas." --The Readers Guild

"Young readers will be captivated by the adventures of Augusta Lee "Gus" and Cynthia, two twelve-year-old friends who find excitement and danger…" --Melinda Richarz Bailey, author of the young reader novel, Murder At The Oaklands Mansion

From the Author

My series, Cynthia's Attic, is inspired by a 20-year recurring dream about a mysterious attic. When I realized that the dream took place in the home of my childhood best friend, Cynthia, I wrote a short memoir about our friendship and the "early days." That memoir  turned into a 4-book (soon to be 5) 'Tween fantasy/mysteries.
 
Cynthia and I lost touch for years, but shortly after the first two books were published, my husband and I moved to West Georgia within 40 miles of Cynthia's home! Our first meeting, after almost 20 years, was spent talking and laughing as if we were still sitting in her attic searching through boxes and trunks of memories. She loves the books and our friendship remains strong and true. 

More About the Author

"I live in my own little world, but it's okay, they know me here."


Author, Mary Cunningham grew up in the sleepy little town of Corydon, Indiana. And she really means, "in the town!" Her house was just beyond the main intersection that took Southern Indiana cars and trucks from north to west. That was well before I-64 zoomed traffic just north of town, so imagine the teeth-grinding sound an 18-wheeler made wheeling around the tight corner, then downshifting as they passed her house. Winter? Not so bad. Summer with the windows open? Countless sleepless nights sitting on the porch with her dad telling stories and learning about the constellations.


After 10 years as a bank teller, followed by a horrifying stint as a travel agent and more rewarding experience teaching travel and tourism and the airline computer reservation system, she finally realized that her heart belonged to writing.


Her childhood experiences, and a recurring dream about a mysterious attic, inspired her to create characters, Cynthia and Augusta Lee, for her award-winning 'Tween series, "Cynthia's Attic." Like Cynthia and Gus, her childhood best friend, Cynthia and she grew up in a small, Southern Indiana town...the setting for the series. Cunningham and her friends spent much of the summer playing softball, hide and seek, badminton, and croquet in a vacant lot on her block. Years later, those joyful summers would be recalled in the five-book series, "Cynthia's Attic."


She is also co-author of the humor-filled lifestyle book, (WOOF) Women Only Over Fifty, along with a published short stories, Ghost Light, and "Cynthia's Attic" short story, Christmas With Daisy.


At present, she is writing a new 6-story historical/time-travel 'Tween series beginning at the Pine Mountain Gold Museum in West Georgia, and continuing throughout the United States. "The Adventures of Max and Maddie: Ghost of Pine Mountain," has just been released on Kindle.

Cunningham is a member of The Georgia Reading Association, and the Carrollton Creative Writers Club.


When she gives her fingers a day away from the keyboard, she enjoys golf, swimming and exploring the mountains of West Georgia where she makes her home with her husband. Together they've raised three creative children, have 2 granddaughters and an adopted, four-legged, furry daughter, Lucy.


At last count, she's moved 9 times into six different states (all after the age of 36), and aside from the packing and unpacking, she believes it's been a great experience, having made some very dear and lasting friendships.


Mary Cunningham spends non-writing time showing power point presentations on gathering ideas and the writing process to schools and libraries.


She may be reached through her publisher, Quake/Echelon Press, or through her website: Marycunninghambooks.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janalee Ruschhaupt on December 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
If adventure is what you seek, come join hands and form a link. Follow this curious trio, as they search through the attic - dust bunnies, cobwebs and all. Watch your step and be prepared, because hidden treasures are everywhere!

Two twelve-year-old best friends, Gus and Cynthia, have decided to snoop in Cynthia's parents' attic. It is upon finding an old trunk and its contents that the adventures will be unlocked, and Gus and Cynthia are flung into a voyage of discovery. So put on your thinking cap, and come a long for the exciting exploration with Gus and Cynthia!

Cynthia's Attic: The Missing Locket is by author Mary Cunningham.

This is the start of a wonderful and fanciful series. Ms. Cunningham has spun a delightful and memorable young adult fantasy! This has all the qualities of a fantastic chapter book that can be incorporated into any school system's repertoire. With its simplistic wordplay and adventuresome premise, the readers can follow a long with the girls to experience their excitement within the attic; and delve into the wondrous escapades hidden inside. What an enchanting tale! Even though this is a young adult's book, this over forty-reader thoroughly enjoyed it.

It is a captivating combination of Nancy Drew meets Harry Potter...

It is through Gus' imaginative voice that the readers get to travel through this tale. Cynthia is the perfect little lady that is until she starts tripping over her own two feet. Then there is Gus, with her tomboy persona. Together they made the perfect foil for each other. They trek through this tale in girlish harmony. You could not ask for a better friendship than the one that exists between these two goofballs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
In 1964 Cynthia and Augusta are best friends though they are total opposites. Whereas Cynthia hates to break a nail Gus is a tomboy willing to slide in third base head first. School is out for summer so the pals wonder how to spend all their free time besides irritating Cynthia's older sister Danielle. They decide to check out CYNTHIA'S ATTIC before her parents clean it out as the adults plan on doing shortly.

In the attic they find an old rusted scratched up trunk containing stuff from Cynthia's grandmother Clara. Not long afterward, Cynthia and Gus return to the attic, but the trunk looks brand new with no rust, dust or nicks and everything inside seems pristine; additionally Cynthia and all her items and that of her immediate family have vanished. A tall woman calls Gus, Bess and asks where Clara is; recognizing the woman from an old photo as Cynthia's great-grandmother, Gus realizes she and Cynthia are in the bodies of Bess and Clara in 1914. The adventures are just beginning for what will be the most exciting summer of their lives as they search for a missing locket that once belonged to great-great Aunt Isabelle, who disappeared on an ocean voyage to New York.

This is a fantastic time travel fantasy that middle school children will treasure. The escapades of Gus and Cynthia grip the audience as the two friends adapt to their situation with humor and trepidation, but always with fun while trying to solve an "ancient" mystery that occurred before their parents were born. Readers will appreciate time traveling with this dynamic duo starting in CYNTHIA'S ATTIC and continuing in the past on the high seas.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mitch lits on March 4, 2007
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Mary Cunningham's novel, Cynthia's Attic: The Missing Locket, tells the story of two twelve-year-old girls, Cynthia and Gus, best friends, who embark on a startling supernatural adventure as a magical trunk in Cynthia's attic propels them fifty years into the past where they encounter their grandmothers when they were twelve year old best friends.

Core values of family, friendship, loyalty and love pervade this rapid fire page turning tale as Cynthia and Gus struggle to unravel dark mysteries entwining their family's present and past.

The tension is parlayed with humor creating a perfect mix to enthrall both teen and adult readers alike.

I am an adult reader and writer who loved this book and am now enthusiastically sharing it with my daughters, ages fifteen and eleven.

I look forward to reading more by this exceptional author, Mary Cunningham.

Mitch Lits, author of A Little of Your Time and Dream Travelers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
In the summer of 1964, two twelve-year-old best friends Cynthia and Augusta (everyone calls her `Gus') decided to explore Cynthia's family attic. Her parents are planning on cleaning it out soon and the girls want to check it out to see if they can find anything they want to keep. The girls come upon an old trunk and are memorized by it. Mysteriously, the girls are swept fifty years into the past, where they try to unravel what happened to Cynthia's great-great Aunt Belle, who vanished years ago without a trace. While on their adventure, the girls take a ride on the seven seas and they must also try to find a locket that was thought to be lost.

"The Missing Locket" is the first book in the series that follows in the footsteps of the Nancy Drew, and the Boxcar Children. I can't believe I let this book sit around in my eBook reader for several months before making time to read it. Being an amateur genealogist myself, I found the premise of traveling back in time to help your ancestors to be intriguing. Now of days, the tween market is full of "Twilight" clones, so it was a bit of fresh air to find an exciting adventure written for kids that doesn't involve creatures of the night. The main characters are two twelve-year-olds, so I was a bit surprised to see kids at this age to be excited about finding old family heirlooms to be thrilling, but Cynthia's Attic is set in a more simpler time, before cable, cell phones, video games, and the internet. Despite being a mystery with a bit of a science fiction twist, the book offers great humor between the two girls as they try to change the past. I recommend Cynthia's Attic: The Missing Locket to readers of all ages.
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