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by Nina Bawden

Illustrated by Shirley Hughes

Published by Victor Gollancz Ltd.. 1st. 1966

Almost very good condition in a almost very good dustwrapper. Set on the island of Skua off the West coast of Scotland. The adventures of Perdita, the witch's daughter who lives on the island and two visiting children, Janey and her brother Tim. Brown boards, gilt title to spine. Some b/w illustrations. 160 pages.

Spine and corners bumped. Bump to top of rear board which has caused a small split to edge of board. Endpapers browned. A little foxing to page edges. Small nicks to a few page edges. Books has a slight musty smell. Pictorial wrapper is a little edge worn and chipped with a couple of small tears. Spine and wrapper edges are browned. Couple of marks to rear panel. A little foxing and browning to verso.

Stock no. 1403310


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  • Set on Skua, an island of the West coast of Scotland. The characters include Perdita, the "witch's daughter" who lives on the island: Janey, daughter of a visiting botanist, a child with a handicap; Tim, Janey's brother whose interest in geology leads them into danger; and the mysterious Mr. Smith, and the even more mysterious Mr. Jones. When Tim and his father are searching for a rare orchid, they scramble down a cliff to a cove. Tim pokes around in a cave and comes across a stone which looks like a ruby. On the way home they give a lift to a driver and show him Tim's ruby. He pooh-pooh's the idea of a precious stone but offers to look it up,. Tim refuses and that night his father has a most suspicious accident.

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