The Mystery of Wickworth Manor by Elen Caldecott (author)

The Mystery of Wickworth Manor

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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Paige Owens, bright, cheeky, confident, cannot wait to go to secondary school. Curtis Okafor, wary and much less confident, is not so sure. The only thing they share in common is the first letter of their surnames – which ensures they are forced into each other’s company on a school trip to Wickworth Manor, the local stately home.

Then Curtis finds a portrait in his bedroom of a young black servant dressed in livery. But why is the portrait hidden in the bedroom, and not in pride of place alongside the other portraits in the manor? And then Paige finds an intriguing letter, written over 200 years ago by Miss Verity Burton, who used to live at the Manor, that mentions the portrait. There is a mystery begging to be unravelled! So Paige and Curtis, in their very different ways, start work to find out what happened all those years ago . . .

An exciting adventure with lots of humour and action, which also gives some background on the slave trade.

Product Details






Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Date published

July 5th, 2012

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.9; Middle years; 5.0 points




Elen Caldecott

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What kids think

  1. Roodieroo
    on 8 March 2014

    I loved this book

  2. aquamarinebamboo
    on 4 March 2014

    I really like this book. I thought the ending wasn’t the best though.

    4 out of 5
  3. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 8 March 2013

    I really wanna read this!It looks awesome!

  4. lmdrld
    on 4 March 2013

    This is about two different children who discover the mystery of wick worth manor.

  5. tininny8
    on 8 December 2012

    I loved the original characters Elen Caldecott writes about and I could imagine the manor perfectly. But there was something lacking… I am currently reading another one of her books and I enjoy it alot more!

    4 out of 5
  6. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 21 August 2012

    The Mystery Of Wickworth Manor is a book full of surprises. Characters change throughout the story e.g. jerk to kind, shy to adventurous. Each sentence urged me to read more as excitement grew bigger during the story. At some points I felt scared especially towards the end. My favourite character was Paige because she was a very outgoing person who didn’t mind getting into serious trouble. I think that any one who is interested in mystery or adventure would love to read this intriguing book.

    Megan, aged 11

    I had a mixed feeling about this book was sad in some places and happy and enjoyable in others. Also I felt sorry for Curtis when Paige was being big-headed. I think this book would appeal to people younger than me (10-11) as the story line didn’t fit my style of reading or my character in real life. I would rate this book a 6 out of 10 because it was an amazing storyline but other parts of the story let it down also if there was different characters in the book it would make a big difference.

    Katie, aged 12