Saturday, 2 September 2017
The Secret of the Wooden Chest
It is set in an environment that is very familiar to Catherine, a nursing home, as she has psent much of her professional life working in nursing homes.
Hannah lives in a small flat on the top floor of a nursing home. She is an only child and shares the flat with her mother who is the matron of the nursing home and her father who does all the maintenance jobs at the nursing home. "Anything but electrics" as he says.
Hannah loves to make friends with the elderly people who live at the home and she is excited by the arrival of a new resident in the middle of the night, after her own house was badly damaged by fire.
This is an Italian lady called Mr Oberto. At first Mrs Oberto seems grumpy, but after a while, she and Hannah become good friends.
But even though they become friends, Hannan just cannot get Mrs Oberto to reveal the secret that is hidden within an old wooden chest that she keeps on the table beside her bed.
One day, Mrs Oberto becomes dangerously ill and as a result, she is hospitalised. She then reveals that she needs the assistance of Hannah to open the old wooden chest.
What is hidden with the mysterious chest?
Then, Hannah's amazing adventure really takes off! She meets with a girl from ancient Roman times and learns that if she really wants to help Mrs Oberto to recover from her debilitating stroke, she must seek out the help of a Roman god!
Can Hannah help Mrs Oberto? Will Mrs Oberto get better?
This is an extremely well-written book and it is heartening to know that it is the first part of a series of stories about Hannah and Mrs Oberto.
It is an ideal book for children of all ages and their parents and grandparents, too. It will make a super Christmas present.
It's published by Matador at £6.99 and can be bought here https://goo.gl/wdCFDG.