It WASN'T Goosebumps Vol. 873 : The Case of the Pernicious Pog
September 21, 2010 7:07 AM   Subscribe

Calling upon the Hive Mind to once again exercise its SUPER DEADLY NINJA POWERS and identify another obscure, barely-remembered book! This time, it's an ancient kids' book.

Per my sister: "When I was in elementary school (in the late 80s), I read an older hardback at the library (it was written in the 50s or 60s, I believe) about two little girls who have a secret room in one of their attics. The door to the secret room wasn't like a normal door, it was much smaller. There was a window that they could look out of from inside the room. I think there were toys in it, too. They didn't tell anyone about it. One of them might have been an orphan, and one of them definitely dies at the end. The room was all dusty and they used to sprinkle gold fairy dust around it. The gold dust was supposed to be magical, but after the one girl died, her friend sprinkled it all around the room and waited for something magical to happen, and nothing did, so she was upset. I think the author had a pretty name."
posted by julthumbscrew to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy ?
posted by mikepop at 7:35 AM on September 21, 2010

Best answer: The Ghost Garden, by Hila Fiel?
posted by iconomy at 7:40 AM on September 21, 2010

Response by poster: Mikepop: I don't think it was that one, but THANK YOU for reminding me of it... I remember being deeply creeped out by that one as a kid, and may revisit it now!
posted by julthumbscrew at 7:44 AM on September 21, 2010

More on The Ghost Garden:

The Ghost Garden (Hila Feil) – Jessica is persuaded to join in the ‘calling of spirits’ and use up her precious gold dust, casting it into the air. The two girls whirl about and it falls shimmering to the carpet and – nothing happens. Heartbreak, and the loss of an irreplaceable part of childhood.

The girls discover that Sarah is living in Sadie's old house and they find her room behind layers of wallpaper. It still contains her furniture and toys...One of the girls has a vial of gold dust, I believe it was dentist gold that she had gotten from her father. The two girls make an agreement that if one of them dies, they will somehow use this gold dust to somehow bridge the distance between the worlds of the living and the dead.
posted by iconomy at 7:45 AM on September 21, 2010

Response by poster: Iconomy: my sister just confirmed... that's the one! Thanks! The Hive Mind continues to astound.
posted by julthumbscrew at 8:22 AM on September 21, 2010

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