Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure by Emily-Jane Hills Orford ***A Brandy's Book Nook Review -- Excerpt -- Giveaway***
Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure
by Emily-Jane Hills Orford
GENRE: Middle Grade fantasy
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Mrs. Murray’s hidden treasure
Mary is being bullied at school by a new teacher who happens to be a Witch. This witch is determined to do whatever it takes to get to a hidden treasure. The brownies that live in Mary’s house try to protect her, but her parents and siblings end up being drawn in. Mrs. Murray is a ghost that lives in Mary's house and is a distant cousin. She hid the treasure that the witch is trying to get. The only problem is she doesn’t remember where she put it. Mrs. Murray does her best to help protect Mary, but they may have a spy in their group, and this causes even more trouble.
Mary and her best friend face danger from dragons, spies, and bullies but there is no major violence. I think ages around 12+ will really like this story.
EXCERPTOnce the house settled down for the night, Mrs. Murray, the resident ghost, was out on her nocturnal prowl. Satisfied that the house was safe and secure for the night, after all the musical vibrations that shook the rafters earlier, she took her place at the end of Mary’s bed and waited patiently for the girl to stir from her sleep and take note of her presence.
“What?” Mary groaned, pulling her eyes open as she emerged from a deep sleep. “What now?”
“We need to talk.” The wispy figure of what was once a very distinguished looking lady, sat down at the end of Mary’s bed and looked the girl firmly in the eye.
“Now?” Mary groaned. “It’s the middle of the night. What time is it?”
“What difference does it make? Sit up and let’s talk.” The ghost was not going to take ‘no’ for an answer. And, it would appear, feigning sleep would not send her away either. So, Mary pushed herself into a sitting position and rubbed her eyes again, hoping to eradicate the sleep that threatened to make them close.
“Where are the others? Where’s Brunny?” she asked.
“Asleep in their little space. And it’s not a natural sleep either. They’re all in the deepest of sleeps, all except Elizabeth, who slipped out of the house a few hours ago, just after the lights went out and your family snuggled in for the night.” Mrs. Murray slid a little closer to Mary. “She’s still not right, that Elizabeth. She’s good and well shackled by that witch.”
An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion. Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head to pass tedious hours while sick, waiting in a doctor’s office, listening to a teacher drone on about something she already knew, or enduring the long, stuffy family car rides. The author lived her stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good story. Emily-Jane can now boast that she is an award-winning author of several books, including Mrs. Murray’s Ghost (Telltale Publishing 2018), Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure (Telltale Publishing 2019), Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads 2018), Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and several other books. A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extra-ordinary in life and the fantasies of dreams combined with memories. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca
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