The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth
Publisher: Oxford University Press
When Clemency Wrigglesworth arrives in England from India, orphaned and penniless, she hopes that her long-lost relations will be waiting for her. Instead, she ends up being taken in by the lively and unusual Marvel family - Mrs Potchard, her son Gully, his aunt Mrs Marvel and her children Whitby and Leicester. An advertisement is placed in The Times, announcing the arrival of Miss Wrigglesworth in the hope that her real family will find her, and before long, a mysterious lady arrives to claim her from her new friends. But Miss Clawe's intentions are not all they seem, and before long, Clemency finds herself working as a scullery maid in her own ancestral home. Luckily her friends have not forgotten her, and Gully and Whitby orchestrate a daring rescue mission with the help of some not-very-genuine Red Indians. Meanwhile, Clemency is attempting to discover the truth about her family.
This colourful Victorian adventure story takes its inspiration from the tradition of classic children's literature like A Little Princess and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, in which brave children triumph over unpleasant adults. With a lively cast of characters and an exciting plot, this is a pacy and enjoyable adventure tale with an engaging young heroine.