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When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour’s small dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through?

Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound – and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake.


Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified? And whose are those children’s voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods?


Stella and Tom soon discover that they have travelled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies, and, as the story unfolds, uncover startling connections between the past and present…




Praise and Reviews


"This is an excellent read for anyone intrigued by secret gardens and time travel. And because of the strong mix of characters it succeeds in being that most unusual of books - a book that can be appreciated by both boys and girls alike.

However what I particularly liked about this book is that, unlike many of the lengthy tomes published for 8 - 12 year-olds these days, the page count is extremely manageable with short, gripping chapters that lead you swiftly on through an absorbing tale of mystery and suspense.

I run an advice service for children's writers
and I would be more than happy if I had been responsible for taking this book to market."

 - Louise Jordan, ex Head Reader for Puffin UK, founder The Writers' Advice Centre for Children's Books, London, UK -


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Karen Inglis
I live in London, UK.

I published my first children's book, 'The Secret Lake',in September 2011. It's a magical 'time-slip' story in which two children travel back in  More...
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