The huge white mansion, standing in an overgrown garden, was the strangest place Robin had ever visited.
Wherever she explored - from the dizzyingly mirrored ballroom to the curious treetop attic - the house confronted her with tantalizing puzzles.
Who were the young people whose voices Robin could hear, coming from a locked room? Why did the old crumbling ball she found in the latticework of the summerhouse stir such a rush of memories?
And what possible explanation could there be for the astonishing photograph she saw in the library? Or for the letter that had been written and forgotten, and written again, countless times?
The beginning of the answer to Robin's questions was concealed in an ornate moonlit fountain at the bottom of the garden.
Author and screenwriter John Pinkney wrote this beautiful novel for young people. But its accomplished style and its insights into the nature of Time and human reality have won it an audience of all ages.
First published 1985. Hardback followed by paperback editions. Also published by Scholastic. Netherlands edition De fontein en de sleutel, Uitgeverij Jenny de Jonge, Amsterdam [Stichting Nederlanse Kinderjury 1993]
A strange adventure - inviting young people to ponder on the profound mysteries of Time.
The Key and the Fountain
Publication date: 01/12/1984
a magical fantasy set in remote Australia. Illustrator Sandra La Roche
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