The Secret

When Dippy, Matty and Pippa discover a body by their derelict hilltop home in Cornwall a remarkable adventure begins. Their strange father Daddo is arrested for murder and the children flee the country in search of their lost mother Celeste.

Remembering little of her past, Celeste lives a mysterious life with little Zara who helps her make contact with the dead to comfort the living. Seeking this comfort is an elderly woman and her granddaughter whose lives link three generations of a broken family and who hold the key to revealing a long forgotten secret and restoring a fortune.

The Secret is a beautiful, intriguing and challenging story in the classic tradition for children aged 10 and over.

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Age Range: 10+
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Format: B paperback
Pages: 208
Word Count: 56,000
Published: 2008
Reprinted: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-9555096-2-9
RRP: £6.99
e-Books: £1.99ish

Cover of The Secret


Ah, buried treasure! Wouldn’t that be something. Yes! But I don’t think so, poppet. I think the answer is a bit more complicated than that. I think we have a skeleton in the cupboard. Do you know what that means?

  • Zara and her doll

    Zara and her doll

    Zara’s head was often in the clouds, along with much of the rest of her, floating away on thoughts and dreams because there was no one and nothing to keep her feet on the ground. She never felt complete and whole; there was always a part of her missing, a part that Pippy did as much as it could to fill. Conversations covered many subjects, but this was a fairly typical one:
    “Pippy, are you as lonely as me?”
    “I am.”
    “Is there anything we can do about it?”
    “You can run away and find the real me.”
    “I can’t run to England. It’s very far away.”
    “Don’t you love me enough?”
    “Yes, of course I do, but I’m only nine. I wouldn’t know how to get there.”
    “You’d find a way.”

  • Reviews


    I really enjoyed reading your book, and I thought it was very good. I like the way that in the end everything seemed to fit in and it all made sense about Zara and Werner and Hester. I think that the ages are about 10 to 13 but not much younger than ten, for some parts were quite complicated and detailed for younger children to understand. It was good how you could imagine it happening to you. Once again I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I hope it is successful.

    by Hannah Redhouse, London, aged 11