Mysterious Miss Slade by Dick King-Smith

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From the beloved author of Babe: The Gallant Pig comes a funny and compassionate story about a mysterious neighbor and her many, many animals!

All the village children think Miss Slade is a witch. Perhaps it’s the patch on her eye. Or maybe it’s the ancient caravan she lives in, surrounded by six dogs, six cats, several goats, and a lot of chickens. But Jim and Patsy Reader know better. To them, Miss Slade is the eccentric neighbor who lets them ride her donkey, shares her lunch of chips and cookies, and makes them laugh out loud.

But Miss Slade is still a mystery to Jim and Patsy. Why does she speak like an aristocrat? And where did she get that gold sovereign? It turns out Miss Slade does have a secret after all–one that brings trouble when discovered. Luckily, she has some friends–human and canine–who can help.

About Dick King-Smith

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Dick King-Smith was a farmer for 20 years before turning to teaching and then to writing the children's books that have earned him many fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
Published June 13, 2000 by Crown Books for Young Readers. 128 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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King-Smith makes it clear that Maggie lives the way she does not from necessity—in fact, she turns out to be a baron’s daughter, with a churn full of pound notes and gold sovereigns buried out back—but by choice.

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""The first thing you noticed was the smell,"" begins King-Smith (Babe: The Gallant Pig), expertly hooking his readers and reeling them in.

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Miss Slade lives alone with many animals but no human companionship because the townspeople think she's a witch—until two city children move into a cottage nearby. "The story carrie

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