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The Mersey City That Was By Joan Brickley, Mary Gonzalez
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This is one of several stories which have been based in the city of Liverpool. The two main characters, Jessica and Matthew, are taken back, in time, with help of a magic doll, to the early... More > twentieth century. Whilst they are there, they become involved with a poor family, finding out how the various members of the family helped to scrape a living in those hard times in the city.< Less
The Drummer Boy That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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In this story Miranda whisks them back to the seventeenth century and they learn about the English civil war. They meet a drummer boy called Harry who accompanies them on their adventure. They... More > get involved in the fighting between the Round heads and the Royalists at Wigan Parish Church and make their escape through the cellars. They help transport a cannon to the Royalists in Wigan town centre and attend a ball for Prince Rupert.  They escort a Lady to safety to Brynne Hall and finally make their way through a tunnel to safety before being whisked back to the twenty first century and home once more.< Less
The Victorian House That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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Jessica and Matthew are twins who visit their great grandmother. While in the attic they come across old fashioned dolls and a Victorian doll’s house. One doll magically comes to life and... More > introduces herself as Miranda. Miranda tells the children that the fan she holds is magical. By shaking it she can whisk herself back in time and the twins with her. The twins agree to go with Miranda into the doll’s house where they will find themselves back in the Victorian times. Miranda gives one shake of the fan and the twins find themselves magically transported into the house. The figures in the house all come to life and interact with the children. They have fun with the chimney sweep, get on the wrong side of cook and make an enemy out of the butler. They get to know all the characters in the house and they learn about how they live before being whisked back into the 21st century.< Less
The Roaring Time That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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Once again, we join the twins, Matthew and Jessica, on another adventure. This time, their magic doll, Miranda, takes them, and Teddy, back to the time of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ in... More > Hollywood, California. It’s the time of the silent films and they are given the chance to visit the famous movie studios and to meet some of the famous stars of that time including Charlie Chaplin. They even get the chance to try their hand at acting before returning to the twenty-first century.< Less
The Cottage That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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Once again, we meet Jessica and Matthew, from the "That Was Stories", and their magic doll, Miranda. This time, Miranda, with a wave of her magic fan, takes the children back in time to... More > Bryn, on the outskirts of Ashton -in- Makerfield, Lancashire,a place, known in the past, for its coal mines. Having met a Welsh family who have come to live there, at the turn of the twentieth century, they experience life as it was working at the mine head and have an adventure on the local canal with two of the local barge men.< Less
The Bootle Village That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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Once again the twins Matthew and Jessica are whisked back in time to experience history. Miranda the magic doll with her magic fan takes them back to Bootle in the nineteenth century. They see the... More > water front the way it was then, a bathing and health resort for the wealthy people, with its own castle near the beach. They meet a miller and Matthew helps to distribute flour to a sailing ship. Jessica helps out by baking biscuits for a sea captain. Teddy who has been whisked back with them goes up in an air balloon. They are then chased by a ship’s captain and hide from him. He finally catches them but to their surprise he rewards them before they are whisked back once more to the twenty first century.< Less