.KERRYS REVIEW - This story is aimed at the YA age group, however I read this gem a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, fifty something grown woman that I am. My market event days in the northern suburbs of Perth always have kids proudly telling me that Ms Higgie is their school librarian. Melts my heart when kids show so much admiration and pride for one their teachers. Its set in Guildford and is about two sisters who have lost their parents and move into an old classic home. Those of you who know the Guildford area can imagine exactly the type of home this would be. Weatherboard, rambling gardens and vintage charm. One of the sisters finds an old book hidden underneath the floorboards and so the adventure begins. It takes you on a ride throughout different times in history, from ancient Greece to Victorian England and war torn China. Its a genuinely fab read no matter what age.
OFFICIAL BLURB - When Jessie and her older sister Kay find a book called The History of Mischief,hidden beneath the floorboards in their grandmother's house, they uncover asecret world. The History chronicles how, since antiquity, mischief-makers haveclandestinely shaped the past - from an Athenian slave to a Polish salt miner andfrom an advisor to the Ethiopian Queen to a girl escaping the Siege of Paris. Jessiebecomes enthralled by the book and by her own mission to determine its accuracy.Soon the History inspires Jessie to perform her own acts of mischief, unofficiallybecoming mischief-maker number 202 in an effort to cheer up her eccentricneighbour, Mrs Moran, and to comfort her new schoolfriend, Theodore. However, noteverything is as it seems. As Jessie delves deeper into the real story behind theHistory, she becomes convinced her grandmother holds the key to a long-held familysecret.The History of Mischief is about the many things we do to try to escape.