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Whirl of the Wheel

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Published: 2009
Language: English
Wordcount: 24,774 / 73 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 508
Added to site: 2010.08.26 28815

Three children whirl back in time through an enchanted potter's wheel into the reality of evacuation in 1940s Britain. Only two return...A whispering house, blue and gold spotted china cats that come to life, an enigmatic guardian of the potter's wheel who is all-things purple, and the recurrence of a Lysander aircraft and its crew.Whirl of the Wheel pulls feisty Connie, her brother Charlie-Mouse, and school pest Malcolm into dangers on the homefront and towards a military secret that will save their home from demolition. 

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e took up a chalk and headed, Monday, 18th September, 1939

A half-breath warmed at Connie's neck as Charlie-Mouse stifled another gasp. He clenched his grip on her hair. 

'Be calm and considered in your writing -- your parents will expect it.' 

The children dipped their inkpens. As they drew the pens across the page, the background hiss of silence changed its tone and the invasive sound of a low-altitude propeller aircraft took hold. A girl with bobbed auburn hair looked up with apprehension, only to be waved down by the lady with the chalk. 'One of ours,' the teacher said.

'Do something!' hissed Charlie-Mouse.

'I can't.' Now Connie wanted to cry, or to laugh. Charlie-Mouse pulled harder at her hair. Her head was spinning... then she heard a clash of teacups.

Connie found herself back in the pottery, at the potter's wheel, and with her brother by her side. 

Nothing had changed from the moment th



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