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The Blue Velvet: Book Two of the Emerson's Attic Series (Volume 1) Paperback – June 3, 2013
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About the Author
Kathleen Andrews Davis lives in the mountains of rural Central Pennsylvania with her husband -- and a horde of white-tail deer who insist on annihilating all her attempts at gardening. After a long and varied working career, including business writing, she and her husband renovated an old house into a bed and breakfast. "When we sold our lovely Victorian B&B after hard work and great satisfaction," she says, it left a hole in my heart and I found myself with an indistinguishable yearning. Watching my aunt, Judith Redline Coopey, fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a successful published author started the little wheels in my head turning. If I like commercial writing, then why shouldn't I like creative writing." This book is a satisfaction of the author's yearning -- the desire to leave a legacy for her grandchildren and young readers everywhere -- and is the first in a series of stories about her very courageous and imaginative heroine, Emerson McBride.
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Top Customer Reviews
Emerson, a 14 year old girl is asked to clean the attic. She finds more than spiderwebs and dust. An old trunk reveals a blue velvet hat, decidedly from an era in the past. As Emerson plays with it, she drifts off and wakes in the late 19 th century. It's not so easy to adjust to this lifestyle without modern conveniences. Emerson is an upbeat teenager, she manages with some difficulties, always aware that sooner or later someone will find out that she tries but doesn't always fit perfectly as Emma in this unfamiliar world of the past..
Kathleen Andrews Davis writes this story with great fluency. One wants to root for Emerson and admires her courage, alertness and zest for adventure. I loved Emerson's inner dialogue. It's a page turner.
The book inspires children to think about the people living in the past century, before computers, cell phones and flashlights. I highly recommend this book.
While being forced to clean the attic as punishment, Emerson discovers an old trunk. As Emerson examines the trunk's contents she begins to feel lightheaded and passes out. When she awakens she finds she's no longer in the attic and suddenly people are referring to her as Emma. Emerson thinks it's all just a bad dream, but is it?
The Blue Velvet is an imaginative, well-penned story that shifts seamlessly between the 1800's and present day. Readers are pulled into the past right along with the main character and the interesting events that unfold as a result are captivating.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
Emerson finds herself on her back in a large room, not her attic. A strange voice keeps telling her to wake up and is calling her Emma. Lizzy is a housemaid in Harrington Hall.. Though Emerson is confused about everything, Lizzy helps direct her through her household chores and daily life in this huge manor.
Emerson is living in another time and has no idea how she got there, or how to get back home. What’s more, she is becoming suspicious of the eldest son of the owner of the Manor.
The characters in were believable in spite of the fact that they were time travelers. They were smart and able to put clues together to solve the mysteries they were entangled in. Emerson finds out a little more about herself in each adventure. I will stop at that to keep from giving away any spoilers.
The plot was equally engaging. Was well thought out and executed. The author did a fantastic job of pulling everything together at the end.
I loved Book One of the EMERSON’s ATTIC series, THE BLUE VELVET. No, just so you understand, let me repeat myself. I L-O-V-E-D this book. I couldn’t put it down. I would highly recommend this series to any middle grade girl (age 9-14). A boy could certainly read them, but I think they are written more to a girl’s interest.
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