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They Were Watchingand WaitingAt Twelve, Maggie Had Been Thrown Out Of Boarding Schools Than She Cared To Remember Impossible To Handle, They Said Nasty, Mean, Disobedient, Rebellious, Thieving Anything They Could Say To Explain Why She Must Be Removed From The SchoolMaggie Was Thin And Pale, With Shabby Clothes And Stringy Hair, When She Arrived At Her New Home It Was A Mistake To Bring Her Here, Said Maggie S Great Aunts, Whose Huge Stone House Looked Like Another Boarding School Or A Prison But They Took Her In Anyway After All, Aside From Uncle Morris, They Were Maggie S Only Living RelativesBut From Behind The Closet Door In The Great And Gloomy House, Maggie Hears The Faint Whisperings, The Beckoning Voices And In The Forbidding House Of Her Ancestors, Maggie Finds Magicthe Kind That Lets Her, For The First Time, Love And Be Loved

10 thoughts on “Behind the Attic Wall

  1. says:

    Okay so this book has been the hardest book for me to ever remember I read this book in 7th grade so I must have been about 12 or 13 That time in my life was a very difficult time for me family wise I was a very depressed kid with lots of issues I had to write a book report in 7th grade and this book totally caught my attention A book about a girl that has to go live with her 2 aunt s and 1 uncle She is completely isolated until she meets the dolls upstairs and begins a friendship, her only friendship, with these dolls This book was very comforting and live saving for me I forgot about the book by 8th grade Went on to high school and then off to boarding school Nonetheless, life didn t get easier and I always found myself drawing strength from the books message I searched for this book for 14years 14 years I couldn t remember the name of the book I looked in bookstores across the country trying to remember the friggin name Last night I dreamnt of my great grandfather whom passed away years ago I dream of him frequently He visits me time to time Last night he gave me this book He said here is your book mija I held the book in my hands Brushed the cover and plain as day saw the name of the book As soon as I got to computer this morning I looked up the name Behind the Attic Wall There is was The book I ve been searching to remember for 14 years of my life The one book I ve always referenced in my head for comfort I ordered it 15 minutes ago and I m so very happy to have found it finally I can t wait to re read it to see if that message has changed Though, I doubt it has.Thank you Grandpa Lucero It means to me than anyone will understand.

  2. says:

    A refreshing coming of age story with a distinctly spooky twist.Also, it would make for a FANRASTIC movie I can see the movie trailer now The camera shows the front of a car where an elderly man in a fedora like hat Uncle Morris and a teenage girl of about 12 or 13 Maggie are seated The elderly man has a pleasant air about him The girl s face is twisted into a scowl.Narrator Over the years, Maggie has been thrown out of boarding schools than she can count Zoom in on the girl.Narraror Now her two great aunts have agreed to take her in She has hopes of finally having a warm and cozy home where she will be loved and accepted Camera cuts to the car pulling into a circular driveway and stops in front of a gothic looking structure that has a distinct air of neglect about it The setting sun reflects on the windows in such a way as to make the structure look completely abandoned or like someone could be watching unseen through one of them.Narrator What she found was nothing like she expected Camera cuts to a close up of the girl s face and the audience hears her thoughts It s just another boarding school There are no great aunts They tricked me or something to this effect Montage of Maggie s two cruel great aunts making nasty comments to each other about Maggie as they sit at the emmense dining table in the cavernous dining room Maggie sits there looking sullen Maggie wandering the empty halls and looking into empty rooms in an unsuccessful search for other students Maggie s reflection in an antique mirror as the imaginary Backwoods Girls crowd around her Maggie sitting at a desk in a sparsley furnished bedroom playing solitareCamera stops on the scene where Maggie is playing solitare An unseen voice calls Maggie Maggie, come It is time Maggie looks up from her cards and calls out Who s there Narrator But Maggie just might find the love and acceptance she s wished for if only she dares to look for it Camera shows Maggie approaching an old, locked door.Overlaying this scene is the film s title BEHIND THE ATTIC WALL

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    This is one of those books if asked to choose a handful to take to a desert island or to pass on to grand children or to rescue from a fire if there were no chance of getting another copy, this would be one I would choose without hesitation Maggie is an orphan and is sent to live with some Aunts who live in an old school house, the founders of the school were relatives of theirs The Aunts are not warm or understanding towards Maggie and do not see that Maggie is emotionally traumatised by her loss Her Uncle Morris is a wonderful character who is the only friend to Maggie, although doesn t see Maggie often and can t provide the loving parenting she needs Uncle Morris does seem to know about the mystery of the story which is what gets Maggie through this difficult time.The story is beautifully written and very moving, I struggled to read parts aloud they were so sad The story is very cleverly written, starting forward in time with Maggie looking back, and despite knowing what will happen to Maggie and the title does give you certain clues, what happens in between holds plenty of suprises.The ending is lovely, and despite Maggie s sadness you feel there is much hope, and hope too for others in her position I highly recommend this book.

  4. says:

    spoiler alert Sylvia Cassedy s Behind the Attic Wall, which you would find in the children s books section directed to older readers, has a number of elements that will be familiar to devotees of classics like Cindarella, The Secret Garden, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The heroine, an orphan named Maggie, comes to live with her two humorless aunts in an old mansion that used to be a school, now shrouded in mysterious tragedy Yet though Maggie is a charity case, she is far from the noble poor type portrayed by the Brothers Grimm, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Roald Dahl Maggie is dour toward adults, combative toward other children, and imaginative when alone Her curiosity and willfulness leads her, like Mary Lennox and Lucy Pevensie, to discover magic hidden behind forbidden doors in this case, two knee high porcelain dolls animated by the spirits of the old school s founders, who, Maggie learns, were killed in a fire that forced the school s closure Timothy John and Miss Christabel, as the two dolls introduce themselves, invite Maggie into their rituals pretend tea served from an empty teapot, walks in the garden an attic room covered with faded floral wallpaper , and conversation Alice in Wonderland like semi nonsense The dolls, who mysteriously refer to Maggie as the right one, become unlikely friends for antisocial Maggie, who had insisted, from the outset, that she doesn t play with dolls They re dumb.All of the above would make for a serviceable children s novel, with contours predictable enough to provide comfort in the guise of adventure What makes Behind the Attic Wall a fresh departure from the familiar is its provocative, ultimately ambiguous blend of realism and fantasy Cassedy s characterizations are completely unsentimental Maggie an Indian burn inflicting, sassing, stealing, hair sucking antiheroine is raw than any Cindarella The aunts, nutrition freaks appalled by Maggie s skinniness and listless hair, embark on a crusade to nourish her into their idea of a wholesome child like the obnoxiously self satisfied Jeanette, whom they invite over as an enforced friend for Maggie here again, Cassedy won t let superficial goodness go uncritiqued Yet despite the aunts apparent concern, they are far from comforting, with their fiercely rouged cheeks and harsh critiques Even Uncle Morris, whose semi nonsensical wordplay tellingly similar to that of the two dolls incites Maggie s first stirrings of affection, is hardly a Prince Charming he holds himself at a faux serious, benevolent distance and never shows his hand.As with her human characters, Cassedy presents her fantasy characters mostly without sentimentality Maggie imagines a group of backwoods girls, poorer than she, to whom she teaches concrete tasks how indoor plumbing works, how to write on a blackboard, how to kill a snowflake by melting it on one s skin The dolls are presented, at first as a disappointing alternative to Maggie s occasional sentimental escapism Unhappy that the voices she s been hearing behind the walls belong to a pair of old dolls and instead of the real heavily idealized family she had imagined, she attempts to figure out the dolls mechanics Initially, at least, she refuses to believe in them because she can t figure out how they work Only when she suspends her disbelief and plays along does she become emotionally connected to them yet it s clearly described as playing along The teapot pot remains cold and empty, and Maggie s imagination provides the heat, just as her awakening sense of poetry transforms the faded rose wallpaper into a haven, a literal child s garden of verses Set within such a realistic portrayal, the blurriness of the magic involved raises the question of what Cassedy means by that ambiguity Perhaps Maggie, a sixth grader who still entertains herself with imaginary friends, has simply gone around the bend to madness by imagining voices behind walls, ultimately locating the voices in two dolls she finds in the attic Certainly the aunts, when they discover the dolls, don t perceive anything magical afoot though it s not uncommon for unbelievers in children s books to have their doubts become self fulfilling Yet Uncle Morris s mysterious connection to the dolls seems to substantiate their reality or perhaps Maggie just imagines his vague allusions are conspiratorial The ending, which I never felt sure I understood as a kid, suggests they are, with Uncle Morris s presence as a new doll after the real man dies of a heart condition Or is it just that Maggie, distraught at the loss of the one adult she had cared about, inventing a bearable ending whereby Uncle Morris doesn t have to die completely That Cassedy balances her story perfectly on the lip of this uncertainty is what makes it so affecting Ultimately, Cassedy s careful treatment of Maggie s emotional awakening clarifies this balance, though it does so by widening, not reducing, its potential meanings Though she s outwardly antisocial, Maggie longs for genuine emotional connection with someone else She doesn t respect that which is entirely within her control it s why she condescends to the backwoods girls and viciously dents the plastic face of the doll her aunt gives her at the book s outset when Maggie declares, I don t play with dolls It s Uncle Morris s unpredictability that compels her, compared with her predictably critical aunts It s Timothy John s and Miss Christabel s refusal to comply with her expectations that allows her to suspend disbelief and see them as apart from herself Considering this, I conclude that Cassedy does intend the dolls to be seen as real, not figments of imagination, since they have done what no aspect of Maggie s embittered mind had been able to achieve thus far to imagine that emotional connection with other souls is possible despite her unhappy childhood Belief in magic, that signature childhood perspective, is available to her, and love which Cassedy presents remarkably without sentiment as a most mysterious suspension of disbelief is her birthright after all.

  5. says:

    I have literally been trying to remember the name of this book for decades It was a beautiful, haunting story that stuck with me I am seriously overjoyed to have found it

  6. says:

    This story was fun and touching from the start I knew some of what was coming and for a while enjoyed the fantasy angle less than the realistic part But I ended up liking it all and have much appreciation for how it ended up for all of the characters I was both delighted and frustrated by the ending A part of me wanted but mostly I loved its open endedness I ve decided on my own how it ended up in the long run for the main character Maggie is a memorable character and I believe very genuinely and effectively believable Ditto Morris and most of the others, even minor characters such as Barbara This is a book I d love to discuss in private with others who ve read it Had I read it at age 9 or 10 I m certain it would have been one of my favorite books at the time In some way it feels like a classic but I was already an adult when it was published Big spoiler not to be read if you think you might read the book but haven t yet view spoiler I was so glad that Maggie didn t end up staying with Harriet and Lillian hide spoiler

  7. says:

    If you have ever felt unloved, unlovable, and or unable to love, this is your book Unforgettable Thanks for bringing it to my attention again Hilary

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    Last month, Heather and I were having a lovely chat about the books that we d read in childhood that had probably contributed to our weirdness This was the book that made her weird and she suggested, You should read it It s fabulously bizarre That s verbatim I m looking at the text right now.I had never heard of this title which, in retrospect, surprises me because this is precisely the type of book I was reading in 3rd and 4th grade How did it pass me by Was I just too old when it was published I had possibly moved onto heroic fantasy by that point, leaving my sad orphan tales behind.This story reminded me strongly of one of my own favorites, though not one that contributed to my weirdness, Magic Elizabeth They re somewhat similar with an orphan girl showing up at an old relative s house and finding a view spoiler magical doll hide spoiler

  9. says:

    Let s face it This book is terrifying I couldn t stop rereading it as a kid, but seriously What the absolute hell There are living porcelain dolls living in the attic Does everyone in the family who dies become a doll Or just the ones who die violently Also, the story is a flashback, leaving you with the impression that the narrator has either been adopted or is in a foster home now, which is probably better all around, but there s no indication that I recall of whether this is a permanent situation, or how she got there, which is kind of rude She s an unhappy child at the beginning, is it really better now The descriptions in this book were so vivid, too, that I can still remember how her stockings fastened with little rubber buttons to her underwear, and that the electric lights turned on by pulling a plastic oval hanging from a cord in the hallway Such a great book But seriously terrifying.

  10. says:

    I still remember when I picked out this book in Waldenbooks when I was in the sixth grade Ahmemories It is such a beautiful book about an outcast girl who finds friendship and hope when she discovers magical dolls in her aunts attic It is on the cover of the book, so I guess I m not giving anything away The ending is great, and I cry every time I highly recommend this to anyone.