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One Wednesday afternoon in March (1960 or so), a girl named Susan Shaw vanished from the Manhattan apartment building where she lived with her widowed father. After several days’ frantic search, during which no trace of her seemed likely to turn up, she reappeared with a bizarre story about a gift of “three” from a gypsy woman on the street, an elevator ride back in time to 1881, and an adventure with two children who wanted to prevent their mother from marrying a fortune-seeking adventurer.
Is it too far-fetched to be believed? You be the judge. Susan seems to be a very sensible girl. She acquits herself very sensibly – yet with a certain imaginative cunning and a flair for dramatics – as she helps her newfound friends. Her time-travel adventure proves to be a fine, spirited, humorous romp with a touch of romance, a grip of suspense, and a mysterious afterglow.
This unusual fantasy comes from the author of children’s favorite David and the Phoenix. What makes it so unusual is the fact that it seems to be narrated by a writer named Edward Ormondroyd, who happens to live in Susan’s building and who heard her firsthand account of the adventure. Did it actually happen? I suppose you’ll just have to wonder!