The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, Victorian House Maid by Philip Ardagh

National Trust: The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, Victorian House Maid by Philip Ardagh (Author), Jamie Littler (Illustrator)

Paperback:           192 pages

Age                         5-8

Publisher:              Nosy Crow Ltd

Jane Pinny has moved to the very grand Lytton House to be a Maid Of All Work. And being a Maid Of All Work means that she has to do… well, ALL the work, obviously! Cleaning, dusting, scrubbing, washing – there’s SO much to do in a Victorian country house. But when a priceless jade necklace belonging to the lady of the house disappears, Jane turns accidental detective (with the help of her best friend, a pigeon called Plump…) – can she solve the mystery of the missing jewels before it’s too late?

What the Critics Said

“A clever blend of fact and fiction… Jamie Littler’s super drawings really help with the period setting and add to the fun of the book – the details are fabulous. A light-hearted and highly enjoyable read with a lovely heroine.”

– Parents In Touch

“With clues and suspects appearing thick and fast, this is a really good detective story – all recorded by Jane in her diary. This is not only a good, well written tale, but, using the footnotes on the appropriate pages, the book provides plenty of information, about life in a Victorian house, as well as about life for the poor and other social issues of the time. This is a great bonus for children who hopefully will appreciate some background explanations about the events in the story. Gripping.”

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About the Author

Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author Philip Ardagh is the author of The Grunts and National Trust: The Secret Diary series. He is probably best known for his Grubtown Tales, but he is author of over 100 books. He is a “regular irregular” reviewer of children’s books for The Guardian, and is currently developing a series for television. Philip Ardagh is two metres tall with a ridiculously big, bushy beard and size sixteen feet, making him an instantly recognisable figure at literary festivals around the world.