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Children's LiteratureIt seemed to be a simple plan that Lorrie would pack her things and move across the ocean to her aunt in the U.S while her grandmother recovered. Why did life have to complicate itself? Lorrie's aunts worked all the time and the neighbor lady meddled in all of their affairs while her vain daughter snubbed Lorrie for being different. Even the boys in her class caused grief until Lorrie stumbled into the strange and intriguing house of Miss Ashemeade and her kind servant, Hallie. This amazing house with eight sides led Lorrie on an adventure of a lifetime. Actually, a cat named Sabine led Lorrie into the play room with a duplicate copy of the house. What will become of the Octagon House if the committee votes to destroy it in place of a highway? Will all the treasures and happiness experienced in this residence be gone forever? Will Miss Ashemeade and Hallie reveal their secrets that lie within the walls? As the story comes to an eight-sided circle, will Lorrie find love and acceptance through timeless magic? Andre Norton took a timeless plot of a teenager in the chaotic world of adolescence where rejection rules but added too many weird twists to hold the attention of a young modern reader. The clever use of the dollhouse and the people within it was a good ploy, but it seemed to get lost in all the subplots clogging up the story. The second book in the "Magic Sequence" series. 2005, Tom Doherty Associates/St. Martin's Press, Ages 10 to 12.