Like Volume 4, Volume 5 is about a stranger who arrives at Green Knowe. However, this stranger is no gorilla trying to find a place to hide, but a creepy academic woman (Melanie D. Powers) who tries to force Mrs. Oldknow to do something that is the last thing in the world she would want to do.
However, Mrs. Oldknow has two plucky boys to back her up, Tolly (her great-grandson) and Ping (whom we met in Volume 3, who she has now adopted.)
The boys do everything they can to help Mrs. Oldknow ward off the unwanted attentions of Melanie Powers…and chaos ensues.
I will not say more, so as not to spoil the story for you. I enjoyed this volume, probably because I love spending time in the company of Mrs. Oldknow. (I didn’t care so much for Volume 3, where she was missing.)
Again the writing is vivid and atmospheric. A perfect gift for that Middle-grader in your life. Five Stars.