The Rabbit Girl by Mary Arrigan

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What is the mystery of the Rabbit Girl picture? Its secret is woven into two stories, one past, one present, told side by side. The first tells how 1940s evacuee Tony and his friend Alice befriend a fascinating old lady in the Lake District who introduces them to the countryside and draws Alice's portrait. In the second, teenage Mallie takes a part-time job in a pet shop, buys her artist mother a dusty old picture as a birthday present, and tries her best to engineer a romance between her new boss and her mother, aided by her feisty friend Jamila. Everything goes wrong... but the picture has a power of its own and pulls both stories together - in front of TV cameras - in a jaw-dropping climax.

Two stories, one set in the 1940s, one in the present, unravel the secret of the Rabbit Girl picture, and the mystery is solved in a jaw-dropping climax.

About Mary Arrigan

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Mary Arrigan studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, University College, Dublin and Florence University. She taught art for 18 years before starting to write for children. She was awarded the International Youth Library (Munich) White Ravens title in 1997, the Bisto Merit Award in 2000 and has also won The Sunday Times Crime Writers Association Short Story Award and The Hennessy Short Story Award. Her books for Frances Lincoln include Mario's Angels and Esty's Gold.To visit Mary Arrigan's website click here
Published October 25, 2011 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books. 224 pages
Genres: Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, in alternating segments, a modern teen, Mallie, lands a part-time job in a pet shop owned by a crusty retired veterinarian, buys an old drawing in a thrift shop and engineers both work and a personal connection with the vet’s unattached son for her widowed artist mum.

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