Heather's parents are the caretakers of the stately home Castlemaine, and Heather would love living there -- if it weren't for the tourists. Every summer they invade Castlemaine, and one day they even trample into all of her secret quiet spots. The only one left is a peculiar little mound that the villagers say is the grave of Wild Robert, a legendary magician who lived 35...more
Heather lives in a stately home which her parents manage for the National Trust. When she idly wishes for Wild Robert to wake up and deal with Mr McManus, the unpleasant gardener, and the tourists who bother her, he does. He plays magical tricks on everyone, but everything's fine by the end of ...more
Quite short read (100 pages including illustrations and large print; I read it in a sitting) and a very fun way to kick off March Magics/Diana Wynne Jones March 2 ...more
Sometimes the simple stories are the best ones.
This is a very short story at 100 pages exactly, but no less enjoyable. Heather's unusual life makes her an interesting character, though she retains enough selfishness and self-consciousness to be very likab ...more
Heather lives with her parents in the stately castle of an extinct branch of the nobility, now a museum owned by the British Trust. Her pare ...more
Heather would love to live at Castlemaine if it wasn't for every Summer many tourists come. To get away from all tourists and noise, Heather heads off to one of her secret spots in the castle only to find more tourists there.
Heather goes off upset and to the only other secret spot she knows. The mound near the woods, and she has been told that is the grave of Wild Robert, who was ...more
Still an enjoyable quick read, complete with quirky magic and what person in charge of maintaining a place for the public hasn't wanted to have them attacked by their own littered trash? :)
Content notes: No swearing that I recall; no sensuality except teenagers making a nuisance of themselves by...more
I was reminded of Eight Days of Luke which has the same sort of beginning but is a more complete story. A good fast read that I'd onl ...more