This Smarties-Prize-winning story of escape and adventure, with wicked guardians, evil plots and a lively young female heroine is now published in HarperColins’ First Modern Classics list, fantastic stories for young readers.
When Dimanche is orphaned at the tender age of one, Chief Inspector Barry Bullpit advertises for any known relative to come forward. Unluckily for Dimanche, her real aunt does not see the message, but an evil money-grabbing imposter does. Dimanche, heir to an enormous fortune, is sent to live with the dreaded Valburga Vilemile, who tries to rid herself of Dimanche at every opportunity.
Her lack of success is partly due to Dimanche’s wits and courage, and partly to Polly Pugh, Dimanche’s young nanny, who helps her find long-term happiness with her real aunt.