Shortlist year: 
2010
Shortlist category: 
Young Adult literature
Published by: 
Penguin Random House

About the book

Book cover - The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds

Heloise lives with her godmother in an isolated cottage. Next door is a sinister museum dedicated to the memory of Mary Child.

Visitors enter it with a smile and depart with fear in their eyes. One day, Heloise finds a doll under the floorboards. Against her godmother's wishes, she keeps it. And that's when the delicate truce between Heloise and her godmother begins to unravel . . . Heloise runs away.

She journeys far, but one day she must return to uncover the secret at the heart of her being.