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On the very day the Gibbs family moved into Uncle Scoville's house the twins, Cordelia and Ophelia, discovered Melinda, a valuable antique doll, hidden away in a dusty attic. They promptly took her on an exploring expedition to the park, where, while the girls climbed a tree, Melinda disappeared.

Where had Melinda gone? Had she been stolen by a deliberate thief or merely pi
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Published January 1st 1967 by Little Brown & Company
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Myles
Sep 29, 2015 Myles rated it really liked it
This book is so precious it belongs in a Wes Anderson production. Identical twins Cordelia and Ophelia have just moved with their family into their deceased Great Uncle's house. They discover an unusual doll in the attic and its promptly stolen! Who could it have been? Unroll the eccentric cast of characters....

The book is ostensibly the girls' own creation. They alternate chapters - Cordelia prefers mysteries, happily enough, and Ophelia literary flair. They criticize each others work and hones
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Stephanie
Oct 05, 2007 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of A is for Annabel
Twins Ophelia and Cordelia find an antique doll in their great uncle's attic, only to have some scurvy rapscallion steal it from beneath their tip-tilted noses. I just love this book...it's extremely clever and funny, with plenty of references to Shakespeare sprinkled throughout. I particularly loved the chapters devoted to the girls' tour through a doll collector's house and their subsequent visit to a doll hospital. Just a really great mystery for kids that should be put back into print.
Karin
Feb 08, 2012 Karin rated it it was amazing
Twin girls Ophelia & Cordelia solve the mystery of a stolen antique doll in a book they write with alternating chapters written by each twin from their perspective. My twin sister Kristin & I met Jacqueline Jackson when were were ~ 12 years old at a Kaldecott book event, and she helped us write a book with alternating chapters like Ophelia's & Cordelia's about our experience with Kristin's brain tumor. A very important processing in our lives.
Gatlianne Gatlianne
Apr 15, 2009 Gatlianne Gatlianne rated it liked it
I checked this book out from the library in 1988 - loved the book...never returned it. I still have it on my bookshelf.
Suzanne King
Aug 14, 2016 Suzanne King rated it it was amazing
Ophelia & Cordelia are twins. Their father is a Shakespeare devotee and following in his literary footsteps the girls decide to write about a mystery that may have happened before they find Melinda, who happens to be a doll.
I first read this book when I was a pre-teen and I loved it for a number of childish reasons: I had friends who were twins, my mother quoted Shakespeare, and I also wanted to write a book. Many, many years later I decided to purchase this out of print book online because
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Linda
Jul 08, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
This book's chapters are alternately written by the two protagonists, twin sisters Ophelia and Cordelia. It's a very cute story about an antique doll the girls find in the attic of their new home and then lose again when the doll is stolen in the park. There are several suspects and the girls follow the clues to flush out the thief. An enjoyable read.
Karen
Dec 17, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
Twins Cordelia and Ophelia find an antique doll in an attic. It is stolen and the two young detectives set out to solve the mystery.

I read every Jacqueline Jackson book that our library had. I remember that I would become interested in the elements of the books and try to be more like the characters.
V. Gingerich
Oct 06, 2013 V. Gingerich rated it really liked it
A dear favorite from my school days. I reread it every term and now own it, out of sentiment. Very cute kids' book with some good detective work.
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Aug 13, 2015 Arwen rated it it was amazing
This was one of the books that defined my childhood. Read it over and over. A wonderful mystery.
Sharon Buxton
May 08, 2016 Sharon Buxton rated it really liked it
B+. children's book, dolls, middle grades, upper elementary, mystery, mom's stash, keep.
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Twins Cordelia and Ophelia and a mysterious doll - now missing!
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Jacqueline Jackson is a retired Professor of English from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She also taught children's literature at Kent State University. She has four daughters: Damaris (deceased), Gillian, Elspeth, and Megan.

Ms. Jackson's for young readers are Julie's Secret Sloth, The Paleface Redskins, Chicken Ten Thousand, The Ghost Boat, and The Taste of Spruce Gum, a Notable Chil
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