Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 – 7
- Series: New York Review Children’s Collection
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: NYR Children’s Collection; Reprint edition (July 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590177576
- ISBN-13: 978-1590177570
Imagine how shocked you would be if, like ten-year-old Colin Mason, you were the oldest (smartest, best) kid in a family of four, and then you found out that all these years, without knowing it, you’ve had an older sister, an “awful, awful, bad, bad, girl—Loretta Mason Potts.” Who? What? Wait! … But this is only the first of many surprises that lie in store for Colin, as things get curiouser and curiouser very fast. Loretta (a glum gangly girl and so very very rude!) comes home and before you know it, Colin is secretly following her down a hidden tunnel that leads from a bedroom closet to an astonishing castle, where a charming and beautiful countess keeps court attended by a dapper and ever-obliging general, and in this world everybody loves Loretta (especially when she’s rude), so much so that they’re begging her to stay with them forever. What is the secret behind this mysterious other world and how does it connect to the many secrets in the Mason family? It’ll take a spellbinding, hair-raising adventure, involving not just Colin and Loretta but their mother and the rest of the family, to work that out.
About the Author
Harold Berson (1926–1986) was born in Los Angeles and studied art in Paris. Loretta Mason Potts, originally published in 1958, was the first book he illustrated, but he would go on to draw pictures for more than ninety books, including many that he also wrote.
Alice in Wonderland & Narnia with a closet instead of a wardrobe. A bridge,a countess, and an secret world, what else could you want? Oh,did I mention a bad & rude girl, a smart boy, family secrets and a magic kingdom. An adventure filled with fantasy and creativity. An epic tale that young children are sure to enjoy. Well written with imagination and wit. Both young and old will be intrigued by this fantastical adventure!
*Received for an honest review from the publisher*
Heat rating: N/A
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More