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The Friend With a Secret

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Thirteen-year-old Lucy Quentin is restless and inquisitive. Used to roaming the countryside freely with her twin brother, she is now constrained by a life in town, to which her family has just moved so her mother can be closer to her doctor. Her brother is absorbed in his new life at school which excludes her, and spending evenings sitting properly under the noses of her s ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published 1967 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston (first published 1965)
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Feb 18, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: second-childhood
I have such a fondness for stories like these, period pieces for children from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, set in Victorian or Edwardian times, by authors like Gillian Avery and Geraldine Symons (or, for American examples, E.C. Spykman and Alberta Wilson Constant). Nowadays these books have mostly fallen into obscurity, and I am extremely grateful that the librarians of Rhode Island have not weeded their catalogs as brutally as those elsewhere, and that many 50 year-old children's books s ...more
Dec 28, 2007 CLM rated it really liked it
Thank you to Michele Blake for giving me her copy.
Mar 25, 2014 Barbarah rated it it was amazing
I read this book in the 4th grade and have been searching for it for over 10 years so I could pass it along to my own daughter.
Unfortunately due to the girl in the story being named Olivia, it was nearly impossible to come up with anything in searches other than the pig books.
Finally got a hit using the Stump the Book Seller service at
I cannot wait to read this book again!
It was dark and mysterious and was THE book that turned me into a life long reader.
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Angela Bull (Mary, née Leach) was born at Halifax, Yorkshire, England on September 28, 1936.
She was educated at Badminton School and at Edinburgh University where she graduated with honours in English 1959.
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