In a strange mansion miles from anywhere, an orphan named Almanac and a twelfth daughter named Etta find themselves working - and bickering - side by side in the largely deserted rooms. But soon they realise that the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem, and there's more at stake than just their jobs.
Can they solve the puzzle of Her Perilous Mansion before it's too late? Her Perilous Mansion is pure delight! A funny, clever and joyous fantasy for children that zings with action, adventure, mystery and magic, the pages flying past as if by wizardry.
Etta and Almanac do not know each other, but both receive mysterious letters offering them a job at a very big and mostly deserted mansion. But when they both arrive, they realise that there is a mystery to be solved and it involves a spell that is keeping them trapped.
This is an intriguing novel that students who love a mystery, a few ghosts, and magic will thoroughly enjoy. Etta and Almanac are great characters, who each have their own strengths and weaknesses - and if they are going to survive, then they will need to work together and use all their intelligence and determination!
A perfect book for all students in upper primary.
Reviewed by Michelle