Amelia Dee and the Peacock Lamp

Amelia Dee and the Peacock Lamp

Odo Hirsch

Language: English

Pages: 234

ISBN: 1741753015

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In this funny, touching, thought-provoking novel from the author of the Hazel Green series, a girl learns a great deal about herself and her family while solving a mystery

Amelia Dee lives in the green house on Marburg Street, where a rare bronze lamp hangs outside her bedroom door. No one knows where it came from or how it got there. Only she, Amelia thinks, knows the secret that the lamp contains. But she is wrong. When Mr. Vishwanath introduces Amelia to the Princess Parvin Kha-Douri, the puzzle of the lamp becomes even deeper. Where has the princess seen it before? Why is she so bitter and angry? And most importantly, what should Amelia do about it? In solving the mystery, Amelia risks revealing a secret of her own.

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me,’ muttered Kevin, ‘still being a princess when you’re that old.’ Eugenie didn’t reply to that. She stuck her nose in the air. They stopped at the Sticky Sunday ice-cream shop. Kevin got a double scoop of Caramel and Hazelnut. Amelia got Raspberry Ripple and Walnuts ’n’ Cream. Eugenie spent a long time examining all the possibilities and got a small serve of frozen yoghurt. They sat down on the stools along the wall. ‘If you don’t want to see her, Amelia,’ said Eugenie, ‘I’ll go instead.’

well, something less certain in the Princess’s gaze, almost tentative, imploring. Maybe. Maybe it was only because it was so unexpected to see that in the Princess’s eyes that Amelia wasn’t sure whether it was there at all. Amelia turned back to the man. ‘Alright,’ she said. The man nodded. He turned around and opened the car door and said something. Then he stood back. ‘Her Serenity the Princess Parvin Kha-Douri,’ he announced solemnly. Out of the car came the Princess. She was wearing her

and kept coming. He reached the landing where everyone was standing. ‘Do you see?’ said the Princess again, turning back to the lamp. ‘Yes, my Princess. I see.’ ‘It is the peacock lamp. See? See them? And look, the monkeys. There they are, on the side. There. Do you remember how Ali El stood on his ladder and held me up so I could see them?’ ‘Yes, my Princess. I remember.’ ‘And I couldn’t see them. But Ali El showed me, and then I could. To find a monkey, you must look for the curve in the

very rare – when you know with complete, crystal clarity what you are trying to say, and the words find themselves. It seemed that they were on the page before Amelia had even consciously thought them. And it didn’t matter that they were strange. She knew they were right, perfectly right. I am a lamp. Yes, thought Amelia. To be the lamp, that was the way to understand what had happened to the Princess. What had happened to her world. The lamp would tell. I was made long ago by the most

Mademoiselle?’ said Asha again. ‘This is not usual. I am supposed not to get out of the car. Only for you I do it, Mademoiselle Amelia. Because you insist.’ ‘Oh.’ Amelia was serious again. ‘I have something I would like you to give to the Princess.’ Asha looked away uncomfortably. ‘Is that a problem?’ ‘Mademoiselle,’ began the old man apologetically. ‘I must not take anything for the Princess. It is an iron rule.’ ‘Sounds like you have a lot of rules.’ Asha shrugged. ‘This is a rule,

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