Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs by Sarah Forbes
Stripes ISBN 9781847155955
Elspeth has had to live with her disgusting aunt Miss Crabb in the attic of the astonishingly awful School for Show-offs since her parents disappeared in a flood. Her aunt won't allow her outdoors telling her that she is allergic to fresh air. Elspeth's memories of life before the flood are rather hazy but when she is hit on the head by a falling book, things begin to change. With Rory, her only real friend, can Elspeth work out the truth of why she is being kept against her will in this dreadful school? This is a very funny and fast-paced story. If you enjoy reading about this delightful and determined heroine, look out for other books in the series.