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Mandrake's Plot

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Suitable for readers aged 7 – 12

Evie and Mia meet on a train on their way to St.Agatha’s Boarding School for Girls. When they are dropped off at a disused railway station in the middle of nowhere with no one to meet them, they trek through the pelting rain and darkness for miles until they find a sign to St.Agatha’s which points to an unlikely overgrown track leading up a
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Kindle Edition, 81 pages
Published December 2011
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Nick Iuppa
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute proof that two sharp, spirited British school girls can outsmart just about anyone, including a cruel schoolmistress, a dead nun, a centuries old curse, a nasty cab driver, some ill-intentioned vegetables, and an aunt with a very evil plan.

Evie and Mia meet on a train. They’re both going to St. Agatha’s school; they become friends almost at once, and it’s a good thing. St. Agatha’s turns out to be a dreadful place, with strange instructors, terrible food, and nasty fellow students who
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Helen Laycock
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The following review quotes are from readers (not me!):

'a well crafted story filled with mystery and suspense'

'truly an original and unique story'

'a fabulous tale with an air of intrigue and mystery at its heart'

‘The author has depicted the characters well, with rich description they spring to life before you.’

‘The dialogue is realistic and the story is very easy to read.’

‘The
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Helen Baggott
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I knew I would be painfully homesick, I always wanted to attend a boarding school. But not just any school - I wanted it to be a fictional one, where there were adventures and midnight feasts!

More than forty years later and I still yearn for those adventures. I've finally accepted it's never going to happen, but thank goodness I can still read about those schools in YA fiction.

Helen Laycock's St. Agatha's might not, on my first day of term, be quite the place of my dreams, but Evie a
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Carole P. Roman
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gothically rich story about two girls that meet on a train bound to a boarding school. Evie's parents have left the country to work in Africa and Mia is recently orphaned and on her way to her guardian's alma mater. Rather than an embracing and warm welcome, they arrive to an empty train station and have to trudge miles to the foreboding building that will be their school. Things do not look up from there. Filled with a creepy caretaker, an obsessive compulsive headmistress and a clutch of oddba ...more
Victoria Zigler
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an excellent read! It's a fun mystery story with some interesting and unusual characters, as well as a great plot.
Tony Parsons
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dundoon Station. Evie (Eve), Mia, & Hiya, will all attend St. Agatha girls boarding school.
Mandrake greeted the 3 girls after they finally arrived.
Ms. Blackthorn told them about their teachers: Ms. Bull (outdoor activities), Ms. Josephine (English), Ms. Seraphina (mathematics), & then showed them to their room.
The 3 girls got through their 1st. week of classes over & met some of the others girls: Elizabeth,
Juliette, Charlie, Pippa, & Annette.

1 day Evie (Eve), Mia, & Hiya c
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Laurie Cameron
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
When two girls, Evie and Mia, dressed in identical tartan skirts find themselves on the same train, there is no doubt that they are bound for the same boarding school: Saint Agatha’s. By the time they reach their destination, they are fast friends, which is a good thing because Saint Agatha’s is a very creepy kind of school.

Their first clue that something is amiss is when no one meets them at the train station and the girls have to find their own way in the dark in the pelting rain. They are gre
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Suzy Henderson
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mandrake's Plot is a well crafted story filled with mystery and suspense. It is an ideal book for the younger reader aged 7-12. In Chapter 1 we meet Evie who is on her way to her new school, St Agatha's in Scotland. She meets Mia, her new friend and I couldn't help but be reminded of Harry Potter on his first train journey to Hogwarts. To be clear, this is not an attempt to capture the magic of the Potter books and St Agatha's is not a school for magic. This is truly an original and unique story ...more
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Far too silly and unbelievable!
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Helen Laycock's short stories have been successful in many writing competitions, and her first attempt at play-writing secured her a shortlisting in Pint-Sized Plays in 2016. Her writing has been published in a variety of anthologies and magazines.
She has compiled three short story collections and is currently working on three more.

Helen also writes flash fiction, and has been featured in The Bes
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“As their eyes became accustomed to the light, the girls were startled to see the figure in front of them. Hunched over, wearing a dark cloak, was an old man. His long, white hair straggled over his shoulders, his skin was covered with grey whiskers and one of his eyes, hooded, drooped below the other bulging one. His mouth hung open and his yellowed teeth did nothing to stop his rank breath pervading the air.” 1 likes
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