Barbara Brooks Wallace
Peppermints in the Parlor
February 20, 2019 Comments.. 208
Peppermints in the Parlor Emily Luccock is looking forward to living at Sugar Hill HallShe remembers her aunt and uncle s grand old mansion well But this time things are different Her aunt s once bright and lively home is now

  • Title: Peppermints in the Parlor
  • Author: Barbara Brooks Wallace
  • ISBN: 9780689307904
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Emily Luccock is looking forward to living at Sugar Hill HallShe remembers her aunt and uncle s grand old mansion well But this time things are different Her aunt s once bright and lively home is now dead with silence Evil lurks in every corner and the dark, shadowed walls watch and whisper late at night Emily is desperate to uncover the truth about what is happeninEmily Luccock is looking forward to living at Sugar Hill HallShe remembers her aunt and uncle s grand old mansion well But this time things are different Her aunt s once bright and lively home is now dead with silence Evil lurks in every corner and the dark, shadowed walls watch and whisper late at night Emily is desperate to uncover the truth about what is happening at Sugar Hill Hall But time is running out, and she must find a way to save the people and home she cares so much about.

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    1. Miriam says:

      Cute alliterative title! Cute Blanche Sims cover! I was expecting something like a cross between A Little Princess and John Bellairs (um, his books, that is). This is a lot darker than that. Have you read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase? Imagine if the entire book were like the middle section, when Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to the horrible "orphanage" workhouse, where all the girls work their fingers to the bone while cold and hungry and afraid. Anyone would bare tales for a morsel of food, so t [...]

    2. Janice says:

      What a fun way to introduce children to the mystery genre! I loved this book each year my 4th grade class read it. And looked forward to the month that we were reading mystery books to see the pleasure in the eyes of my students as we discussed the book. You really need to read this charming book!

    3. Michael Fitzgerald says:

      The predicament is reminiscent of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (and perhaps a little of A Little Princess). The writing also has some of the flavor of Sid Fleischman. All these are good things, and while this book doesn't quite measure up to Aiken's masterpiece, it's not just a pale imitation. The main characters are well depicted, but I think I would have liked to have heard more about the other residents. I enjoyed the various surprises and turnabouts, but the ending (nice and tidy) came tog [...]

    4. Emily says:

      In combination with the [much better-crafted] A Little Princess of Frances Hodgson Burnett, this book shaped many years of my pretending to be an overworked starving orphan at the mercy of a cruel mistress who made me do chores. Any resemblance to my actual mother is probably exaggerated and not really fair, but I can't help what I thought. Other reasons I liked this book, which is entertaining and tolerably suspenseful the first time through although it's not by any means a masterpiece, include [...]

    5. Marcine says:

      A great little mystery for kids. Reminded me of a darker A Little Princess. Filled with many different themes, this book may be one to read with your kids as it would bring up some good discussion topics.

    6. Cathy aka The Attached Mama says:

      As someone who spends a good portion of their life reading, discussing, and thinking about middle grade lit, I have never heard of this book! (I found that quite surprising.) However, this little-known-gem is a really great read! The book has a dark and gothic feel, yet it is innocent and wholesome at the same time. Kids will be kept on the edge of their seats while they try to uncover the truth about Sugar Hill Mansion. The "homeschool mama" in me found many opportunities to point out effective [...]

    7. wanderer says:

      I don't remember reading a gothic novel for kids, but I'm glad I've found one. (Actually, two. I also just read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which was similar to this book.) Now I can't wait to share them with my students.The setting is The Best: a fabulous old house gone to ruin and turned into an old folks' home, of all things. I'm fairly neutral about the main character and her aunt, but the antagonists are pretty much priceless: evil women who eat all the good food and have turned the poo [...]

    8. CLM says:

      I probably would have been more impressed if I had read it as a child but still found it very enjoyable.

    9. Melissa Evans says:

      This book left an impression on me when it was first read to me about 30 years ago when I was in elementary school. It was the first time I remember being completely knocked sideways by a plot twistch an impression that it has stayed with me all these years!I was anxious to revisit the mansion of Sugar Hill Hall and share this story with my own children, and I found it as mysterious and dark, and yet charming as ever. I recommend this as a great mystery for kids!

    10. Meghan says:

      Cute book for young readers who are interested in mystery/Gothic novels.

    11. Kristen says:

      A childhood favorite!

    12. Nikki Baker says:

      Cute Mystery that a one of my past students loves to have her mom read to her! I love to read what my students enjoy!

    13. Dave J. says:

      Ahh, it's so satisfying to return to a childhood favorite and discover that there was yet more for you to glean and enjoy about it. And there is something more satisfying still about the combination of children's lit with themes of darkness. Peppermints in the Parlor is no exception.With a way with language that is exceptional, B.B. Wallace concocts eerie images that are horrific at times, and then can turn around with just as much ease and write a very light-hearted, joyous scene (especially th [...]

    14. Sarah Sammis says:

      When I was in the library The Perils of the Peppermints caught my eye. Knowing my personal history of reading books out of order, I decided to check first before grabbing it. Sure enough, it's a sequel. I opted to read the original first, Peppermints in the Parlor by Barbara Brooks Wallace.A young well to do girl, Emily Luccock, is sent to live at Sugar Hill Hall in San Francisco after the untimely death of her family. She remembers happy times there with her aunt and uncle and is shocked to see [...]

    15. Chelsey R 6 says:

      The book Peppermints in the Parlor by Barbra Brooks Wallace is about a girl names Emily and she goes to a house to live with her Aunt Twice because both of her parents died, but when she gets there she discovers that the house is now run by evil Ms. Meeching and evil Ms. Plum. Her world is turned upside down and she goes on tons of adventures with a boy named Kipper and a girl named Tilly. This book is very valuable in my opinion because it teaches you that a in the end things will turn out bett [...]

    16. Treasa says:

      I picked this book off the shelf based on its title, which I really like. It was an enjoyable book, although not exactly my favorite book ever. Emily is a likable and sympathetic protagonist, and the story is written effectively so that the reader discovers things at the same time as Emily. I was kind of amused to discover that it is considered "horror." Nothing really scary happens in the book. I hated scary things when I was younger (actually, I still do), and I would have been fine with this [...]

    17. rabbitprincess says:

      A reflection from the Grade 6 reading log:I feel really mad at Mrs. Meeching. She stole Emily's jewels and stole Emily's aunt and uncle's house, Sugar Hill Hall. She is like a cold, watchful snake, ready to pounce at any moment. She gives me the chills just thinking about her. I also feel so sorry for the old people. Mrs. Meeching lets them stay, sure, but all she gives them to eat is mouldy bread, gruel, water soup, and fish head stew. Blech! I wouldn't give that to a garbage disposal. And Emil [...]

    18. Candice Pedersen says:

      I read this book because a few of my students told me they loved it when their fourth grade teacher read it to them. So I picked it up at the school library expecting it to be a quick read. However, it took me a lot longer than I expected to read the book. I didn't really get into the book till about page 140 and then the last 50 pages were the best part of the book. I think the author spent too much time trying to set up the characters and in the end confused me on pretty much everything. The t [...]

    19. Dharia Scarab says:

      My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.spreadthewordnevada/Myself, I go out on the we [...]

    20. Jen says:

      (1980) Recently orphaned Emily goes to live with her aunt and uncle in their mansion, but when she arrives she is surprised to find that the beautiful house is dark and dull and her uncle isn't there. Instead, the home is being run by two mean women who are running a nursing home out of the old house. Soon Emily finds that she and her aunt are the house slaves and that the rules in the home are so strict that stealing a peppermint from the bowl in the parlor is considered a serious crime. Emily, [...]

    21. Rene says:

      Interesting little mystery story. Lots of questions to ask. I enjoyed the ending. Best of all, we met the author! This was for a book club for William and his friend, Brian. We'll do some peppermint activities, explore aspects of mysteries. We had a fun visit with Mrs. Wallace. She was happy to see that the boys enjoyed her book and signed a copy for each of them. She talked about the challenges of being an author and also the excitement at having received some awards for her writing and answere [...]

    22. Katherine says:

      It's really a shame that doesn't display the original Atheneum hardcover because the art is exquisite, and it's what drew me to the book in the first place. The characters are instantly recognizable and oozing with personality, while the rich colors and patterns of the parlor and old-fashioned curlicues woven into the type offer a visual feast. In contrast, the various reissues appear somewhat garish and fail utterly to capture the spirit of the book.At any rate, the story had it's ups and down [...]

    23. Angela Dabb says:

      I read this to Karlee (10) to help her find magic in books other than those she is currently reading. She fell in love with it! Couldn't put it down in fact. This is a mystery book about a young girl who is unfortunate in her new home life living with her Aunt Twice in a retirement hotel where no one is allowed to enjoy a peppermint from the large glass dish positioned in the parlor. A couple of scary hotel owners make Emily work day and night as a house keeper. She finds a friend and together t [...]

    24. Makayla R says:

      Emily Luccock is looking forward to living in the bright, huge, sunny mansion called, Sugar Hill Hall. When she gets to San Francisco she gets to Sugar Hill Hall and it was the complete opposite then what she was expecting. There is the malicious Mrs.Meeching, the sweet Mrs. Plumly, the demanding Tilly, the fishmongers boy Kipper, all the shadows in other words the old people, and poor terrified little emily. Emily has to solve all of the mysterious mysteries going around in the strange and pecu [...]

    25. Robin says:

      This is a good read & a good book to introduce kids to mystery books. An agent said everyone should read this book, so I got it, but I didn't expect it to be that great. The beginning is a little dry & very dark. But of course the tone has to be set. Barbara Brooks Wallace did a very good job of that. The villains are horrible. The little girl is a bright little ray of sunshine in an otherwise dreary existence who makes a change for those around her in spite of villains.I really enjoyed [...]

    26. Jacob O'connor says:

      It was 1986, or maybe 87, and I was a child enthralled, sitting in Mr. Hutchen's fifth grade class as he read from this book. I would go home to mom and pop and quote one of my favorite characters saying, "Dingus, Emily". Nearly 3 decades later, those moments are emblazoned in my memory.Then again, plenty of memories weren't. Going back to Peppermints was a fresh experience. because I really didn't remember the story. Wallace writes a nice mystery, and I plan to read it to my daughter some day.I [...]

    27. Caitlyn says:

      For so long I had a vague memory of this book from when I read it in 5th grade. I knew it had something to do with a parlor and I could almost picture the front cover but beyond that I couldn't remember a thing. A couple of weeks ago, out of nowhere, the name Peppermints in the Parlor popped in my head and within 10 minutes I had purchased the book on amazon. I just finished it this morning and it was every bit as good as it was when I was 10. I was on the edge of my seat during the entire book [...]

    28. Danielle Booey says:

      At first I couldn't figure out why this book had been recommended to me. It was like an even more depressing version of a Series of Unfortunate Events. But about 50 pages in, the book really lit up for me. The mystery deepened, new characters were introduced, like Clarabelle and Kipper, and some hope came back to Sugar Hill Hall. This is a fantastically creepy Gothic children's mystery, with plenty of sass and intrigue. The ending is slightly contrived, but still held up well enough that I was s [...]

    29. Gabrielle says:

      Sugar Hill Hall is one creepy place, let me tell you. I would hate going there—regardless of if I were Emily, one of the older folks, or just an innocent bystander. Yes, I could predict this book (for the most part) but I did still enjoy it.It is a good talking point for readers. Inevitably the question of “how could they do that to those people” will come up—and it is a hard question to answer. Because sadly, we do sell people out for our own greedy gains. Even something as simple as a [...]

    30. Kim says:

      Emily is sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle after her parents death. She had visited them once before when she was much younger; she remembers a huge mansion and that her Aunt and Uncle were fun and happy and very much in love. However, an old women in rags meets her at the train station. And she is shocked to discover that is is her Aunt. What's even more frightning is that her Aunt tells her to "be brave" no matter what happens". Why does she need to be brave and what happened to her Uncle?

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