While out for a walk around my home town of Lewes over the Christmas holiday I came across a commemorative plaque on a building called Southdown House in St Anne’s Crescent near County Hall, writes David Arnold.
The plaque recorded that Daisy Ashford wrote a book titled “The Young Visiters” in the house when she was just nine years old in 1890.
The unusual spelling of “Visiters” caught my eye and I thought it was perhaps a grammatical error as the more customary presentation is “Visitors”. Intrigued by this and by the fact that Daisy had written a clearly notable book at such a young age, I decided to find out more.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, page-turning adventure series to hook a young reader aged 9-11, the Secret Breakers series by H. L. Dennis (billed as ‘Da Vinci Code For Kids’) is definitely worth considering.
The sixth and final book in the series, The Circle of Fire, was published in the autumn but all the Hodder-published titles should still be available.