Tolly, our protagonist from the first of the series is now 9 and half a year has passed since the last novel. This time, we meet some children from the early 19th-century: Susan, who is blind, her companion Jacob, her unkind brother and his equally bone-headed friends. While the first novel was about Tolly getting to know his great-grandmother Mrs. Oldknow, and the children the 17th century (reign of Charles II), this novel very quickly becomes a quest to find some jewelry, stolen back in the early 19th century.
As ever, the writing was vivid and delightful, and the prose sang. A good present for the Middle-grader you know. Five Stars.