[Download books] Peppermints in the ParlorAuthor Barbara Brooks Wallace – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

Emily Luccock is looking forward to living at Sugar Hill HallShe remembers her aunt and uncle s grand old mansion well But this time things are different Her aunt s once bright and lively home is now dead with silence Evil lurks in every corner and the dark, shadowed walls watch and whisper late at night Emily is desperate to uncover the truth about what is happening at Sugar Hill Hall But time is running out, and she must find a way to save the people and home she cares so much about


10 thoughts on “Peppermints in the Parlor

  1. Mir Mir says:

    Cute alliterative title Cute Blanche Sims cover I was expecting something like a cross between A Little Princess and John Bellairs um, his books, that is This is a lot darker than that Have you read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Imagine if the entire book were like the middle section, when Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to the horrible orphanage workhouse, where all the girls work their fingers to the bone while cold and hungry and afraid Anyone would bear tales for a morsel of food, so t Cute alliterative title Cute Blanche Sims cover I was expecting something like a cross between A Little Princess and John Bellairs um, his books, that is This is a lot darker than that Have you read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Imagine if the entire book were like the middle section, when Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to the horrible orphanage workhouse, where all the girls work their fingers to the bone while cold and hungry and afraid Anyone would bear tales for a morsel of food, so there can be no friendships This book is pretty much that with a creepy mystery element The creepiness is pretty well done, the actual plot not so much A lot of things aren t adequately explained, including the titular peppermints But I was rooting for poor orphaned Emily And thank goodness the kitten lived I still want to know what the big deal was about the peppermints, though


  2. Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald says:

    The predicament is reminiscent of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and perhaps a little of A Little Princess The writing also has some of the flavor of Sid Fleischman All these are good things, and while this book doesn t quite measure up to Aiken s masterpiece, it s not just a pale imitation The main characters are well depicted, but I think I would have liked to have heardabout the other residents I enjoyed the various surprises and turnabouts, but the ending nice and tidy came tog The predicament is reminiscent of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and perhaps a little of A Little Princess The writing also has some of the flavor of Sid Fleischman All these are good things, and while this book doesn t quite measure up to Aiken s masterpiece, it s not just a pale imitation The main characters are well depicted, but I think I would have liked to have heardabout the other residents I enjoyed the various surprises and turnabouts, but the ending nice and tidy came together a bit too quickly I was surprised that this was from 1980 as the writing and the original hardcover jacket has a nice vintage 1960s feel


  3. Janice Janice says:

    What a fun way to introduce children to the mystery genre I loved this book each year my 4th grade class read it And looked forward to the month that we were reading mystery books to see the pleasure in the eyes of my students as we discussed the book You really need to read this charming book


  4. Emily Emily says:

    In combination with the much better crafted A Little Princess of Frances Hodgson Burnett, this book shaped many years of my pretending to be an overworked starving orphan at the mercy of a cruel mistress who made me do chores Any resemblance to my actual mother is probably exaggerated and not really fair, but I can t help what I thought Other reasons I liked this book, which is entertaining and tolerably suspenseful the first time through although it s not by any means a masterpiece, include In combination with the much better crafted A Little Princess of Frances Hodgson Burnett, this book shaped many years of my pretending to be an overworked starving orphan at the mercy of a cruel mistress who made me do chores Any resemblance to my actual mother is probably exaggerated and not really fair, but I can t help what I thought Other reasons I liked this book, which is entertaining and tolerably suspenseful the first time through although it s not by any means a masterpiece, include 1 The heroine is named Emily2 She has a coat at the beginning which is green velvet with a white ermine muff, which became a staple in the wardrobe of ALL of my paper dolls long after I d forgotten where it came from3 There are pirates.A warning, though the peppermints of the title are never really explained They just kind of happen periodically If you can figure out what they have to do with anything, I m dying to know


  5. Crystal Crystal says:

    A blast from the past, as this was my favorite book when I was around 10 or so I borrowed it from the library many times, so you d think I could remember the title I ve been searching for years for this book, but had much difficulty, as I the only thing I could remember was that it was about a young girl sent to live at an old folks home and that a key character reminded me of a playing piece from Clue Mrs Plumly Thanks to Google books, I ve FINALLY found the book, and immediately borrow A blast from the past, as this was my favorite book when I was around 10 or so I borrowed it from the library many times, so you d think I could remember the title I ve been searching for years for this book, but had much difficulty, as I the only thing I could remember was that it was about a young girl sent to live at an old folks home and that a key character reminded me of a playing piece from Clue Mrs Plumly Thanks to Google books, I ve FINALLY found the book, and immediately borrowed it from the library and read it on my Kindle Was it as good as I remembered YES So much came flooding back, and so much discovered that I d missed as a child Very dark and mysterious book, will be buying a physical copy


  6. Marcine Marcine says:

    A great little mystery for kids Reminded me of a darker A Little Princess Filled with many different themes, this book may be one to read with your kids as it would bring up some good discussion topics.


  7. Mia Mia says:

    I think kids might enjoy this book It is reminiscent of A Little Princess but darkerwith some curious surprises Thanks for the recommendation, Crystal.


  8. Cathy aka The Attached Mama Cathy aka The Attached Mama says:

    As someone who spends a good portion of their life reading, discussing, and thinking about middle grade lit, I have never heard of this book I found that quite surprising However, this little known gem is a really great read The book has a dark and gothic feel, yet it is innocent and wholesome at the same time Kids will be kept on the edge of their seats while they try to uncover the truth about Sugar Hill Mansion The homeschool mama in me found many opportunities to point out effective As someone who spends a good portion of their life reading, discussing, and thinking about middle grade lit, I have never heard of this book I found that quite surprising However, this little known gem is a really great read The book has a dark and gothic feel, yet it is innocent and wholesome at the same time Kids will be kept on the edge of their seats while they try to uncover the truth about Sugar Hill Mansion The homeschool mama in me found many opportunities to point out effective writing strategies that the author used For example, you will find many instances of alliteration, onomatopoeia, simile metaphor, and nice, strong verbs


  9. D.J. D.J. says:

    Ahh, it s so satisfying to return to a childhood favorite and discover that there was yetfor you to glean and enjoy about it And there is somethingsatisfying still about the combination of children s lit with themes of darkness Peppermints in the Parlor is no exception.With a way with language that is exceptional, B.B Wallace concocts eerie images that are horrific at times, and then can turn around with just as much ease and write a very light hearted, joyous scene especially th Ahh, it s so satisfying to return to a childhood favorite and discover that there was yetfor you to glean and enjoy about it And there is somethingsatisfying still about the combination of children s lit with themes of darkness Peppermints in the Parlor is no exception.With a way with language that is exceptional, B.B Wallace concocts eerie images that are horrific at times, and then can turn around with just as much ease and write a very light hearted, joyous scene especially those food scenes which will make your mouth water The main characters are full of life and purpose, even acting beyond their years, but is this not reflective of the real world Children are always able to surprise us with their understanding and pure intentions, for adulthood easily causes us to forget what we once possessed Wallace s character, Kipper, is quite the wise boy and my favorite character, and he had me chuckling as I thought of Dodger from Oliver Twist.Of course, what s a mystery story without its mystery With the accompaniment of shadow and the fear of pilfering peppermints, the plot was great I tried my best to forget any info I knew prior to this 2nd reading, which was hard Sugar Hill Hall becomes a character in itself, and provides a rich avenue for fear and discovery The ending touched me, and had me sighing with a reminiscent smile on my face.Wallace s writing style does have some misses overusing exclamation points, or she may be too telling of a character s actions , although these are small mistakes the hits are many, and make animate the aura of surprise, curiosity and horror, all wrapped up neatly in this small book Oh, and of course, there is much humor, as well What is a book without it Ever since I was young, I ve always been drawn to the darker stories those that use the flavors of dread to build worlds of steep mystery and bizarre characters and I m so glad that I encountered this book to read with my mother on long winter nights, complete with hot chocolate and peppermints, all those eons ago


  10. wanderer wanderer says:

    I don t remember reading a gothic novel for kids, but I m glad I ve found one Actually, two I also just read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which was similar to this book Now I can t wait to share them with my students.The setting is The Best a fabulous old house gone to ruin and turned into an old folks home, of all things I m fairly neutral about the main character and her aunt, but the antagonists are pretty much priceless evil women who eat all the good food and have turned the poo I don t remember reading a gothic novel for kids, but I m glad I ve found one Actually, two I also just read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which was similar to this book Now I can t wait to share them with my students.The setting is The Best a fabulous old house gone to ruin and turned into an old folks home, of all things I m fairly neutral about the main character and her aunt, but the antagonists are pretty much priceless evil women who eat all the good food and have turned the poor old folks into walking ghosts Add a fairly wicked serving girl with redemptive qualities, a funny fishmonger s kid, a secret tunnel, and a big bowl of forbidden peppermints, and you have a book worth reading