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Lizzie loves plants, and her biggest wish is to be a gardener, a bold choice for a Victorian girl. When her strict stepfather sends her to stay with relatives in London, Lizzie misses her country garden and struggles with her new life of stiff manners and formal pastimes.

Lizzie lives for the daily letters from her mother, until suddenly, the letters stop. Can Lizzie find the courage to stand up to her stepfather, and to follow her dreams?

Set in Victorian London, Girls with Courage is a beautifully-crafted tale of hope and ambition.

This book was originally published as Historical House: Lizzie's Wish.

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Key Stage
ISBN: 9781474954983
Extent: 176 pages
Dimensions: 198 x 130mm

Author information

Adèle Geras

Adèle Geras studied languages and taught French before becoming an author. She has since written 84 titles for children and young adults, including Troy, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal. Adèle is married with two grown-up children and two grandchildren, and she lives in Manchester.

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