Thirteen-year-old Nathan is furious when his mum hauls him off to Cornwall for Christmas and then tells him they are to move there for good. He wants to be back with Dad, with his best friend, Tom, in his London life. But then he finds a cottage - and a girl. The girl in the attic. Who is she and what is the family secret that haunts her life?
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Valerie Mendes was born in Buckinghamshire. After taking a double honours degree in English and Philosophy at Reading University, she moved to Oxford, where she still lives. She is, proudly, the mother of the theatre and film director, Sam Mendes CBE. Valerie started writing stories when she was six.More about Valerie Mendes