Story: Laura Horton lives in an old Italian house in Australia with her artistic parents. She meets a boy, and together they discover the secrets of the old house, and the reclusive man who lived there.
Review: This is the sort of Middle Grade fiction that perhaps really is better enjoyed by someone in Middle Grade. I mean, it was good--very good. I liked it. But I think I would have liked it better at age 14, or younger. In some ways, it was simply a story of children (teenagers, in this case) and discovery, somewhat like E. Nesbit and such. The mood and atmosphere made it worth the read, though.