Wendy by Karen Wallace

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Wendy Darling is not the perfect girl her parents would like her to be. Intrepid, outspoken, and willful, she's always getting into trouble. One evening, confined to the nursery by her horrible nanny, she sneaks out to spy on one of her parents' glamorous parties.

What Wendy sees changes her life forever and triggers a series of confusing adventures as she tries to solve the mysteries that lie at the heart of her family....

In this compelling story, Karen Wallace recreates the fascinating lifestyle of the privileged classes of the early twentieth century as she explores the world that shaped Wendy's life before she met Peter Pan.


About Karen Wallace

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Karen Wallace is the author of more than eighty books for children, including Raspberries on the Yangtze and Climbing a Monkey Puzzle Tree. Karen was born in Canada and spent her childhood by Quebec?s wild Gatineau River. At the age of eleven she was sent to school in England. She now lives there with her husband, novelist Sam Llewellyn, two sons, Will and Martin, and two large cats named Cougar and Dave.
Published October 4, 2004 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books. 320 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Wendy, already disillusioned with her philandering father, witnesses Thomas in her mother’s arms, she’s overwhelmed with bitterness.

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With Catherine’s help, Anna escapes Lake House long enough to learn a shocking secret about Vincent, but her sense of responsibility for the adolescent sends her back to Lake House where Abse, in a fit of paternal vengeance—he mistakenly believes Anna has led Catherine astray—comes close to break...

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Inciting her new husband’s wrath by departing unannounced to help the survivors of a shipwreck, Anna Palmer has been sent to Lake House, within whose shabby confines she cycles through disbelief, denial, and anger.

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Barrie's PETER PAN, who will probably find fault with much of this prequel, or adult fans of Victorian literature and history, who will probably enjoy seeing Wallace play with the conventions and stock characters of the Victorian novel.

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Historical Novel Society

It vividly portrays practices in mental hospitals of the time, and gives the reader a painfully clear idea of the vulnerable legal position of women in Victorian England.

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Alongside all their trials and troubles, the women of Lake House are being photographed as part of a research experiment into the causes of mental illness.

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