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The Girl from the Attic


Marie Prins

The Uncommon Quest 2019 Silver Winner

Maddy Rose lives in two worlds. A hundred years apart. In the same strange house built in the shape of an octagon. When a mysterious black cat leads her into an unknown attic, she meets Clare and his very sick sister Eva. Together Maddy and Clare jump into a money-making scheme in his uncle's dangerous soap factory to buy a cure for Eva. But an unexpected tragedy befalls them. And then Maddy is pulled back into her own time to confront the premature birth of her own sister. Will Maddy be able to deal with hardships of two lives? Will the skills she learned in the past help her solve the problems of the present? Can the strange shape of the house make a difference? 

Reminiscent of Janet Lunn's The Root Cellar, The Girl from the Attic shows the challenges of growing up and finding one's place in the world.

Purple Dragonfly Award – First Place: Family Matters

Purple Dragonfly Award – Second Place: Middle Grade Fiction


October 1, 2020

222 Pages | 5.5 × 8.5

Middle Grade (9-13)

ISBN 9781988761510



"The friendship of Maddy and Clare is timeless in every sense. The Girl from the Attic is a creative story with endearing characters that vividly transports you through time, allowing the reader to experience the timelessness of family and friendship. I loved it and didn't even see the twist coming at the end!"  – The Uncommon Quest Jurors

"Uncommon elements give this time-travel novel a charming spin." – Kirkus Reviews

"The Girl in the Attic is a compelling, human read with three-dimensional characters and enough charm and tension to keep readers entertained." – CM: Canadian Review of Materials  


"A nostalgic time capsule for the first decade of two successive centuries, The Girl from the Attic is a charming lesson in gratitude and what it means to live in the present." – Quill & Quire

About the Author:

For Marie Prins, life has been, in one way or another, about books. As a child, she devoured them; at university, she studied them with a BA in English Literature; as an adult, she sold them at The Toronto Women’s Bookstore and Parentbooks. Now she teaches children how to read them.

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