Smoke rises from factories along the cold Manchester horizon. Having grown up in the flowery fields of southern France where the earth was healthy and the sea air was warm, Madame Adelaide feels the oppression of the city keenly. However, when her husband is killed and her and her three children's futures are thrown spinning, Adelaide must find the strength to face the day with nothing but the clothes are their backs. Led by a man who seems to be their guardian angel, the Madame and her children make their way across England facing dangers, cold, and hunger. All the while, the Madame tries to figure out this strange person who lives a life far from ordinary - a life of intriguing music and spinning clocks.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) may have traveled more than the characters in some of his critically acclaimed and world renowned novels. Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and traveling writer who wore classics likeTreasure Island, Kidnapped and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Stevenson was so accomplished that he was a celebrity during his lifetime, and he left an influence on great writers who followed him, including Hemingway and Kipling. At the same time, his works are easy enough to read that they can be taught in classrooms across the world to teenagers.
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