For ages 7-12 years
Emma finds some ruins in the old mining country in Cornwall where she is staying, but her sinister hosts warn her not to go there. She runs away & meets two local boys. Between them, they start to explore.
‘Emma looked in wonder at the ruined building and broken-off chimney on the wild Cornish hillside. It was so unexpected that she felt strange – frightened, almost.’ – Even more eerie was the adit (a mine entrance) that Ben and Nathan took her into. What were the distant knocking sounds they could hear? What was going on deep down in a mine that was no longer worked? They didn’t know then of the dangers that lay ahead as they tried to find out.
First published in 1981.
‘A neat, well-told thriller.’ The Guardian