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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 Wiggin Town That Was By Mary Gonzalez & Joan Brickley
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Jessica and Matthew are whisked back in time by Miranda the magic doll. They find themselves in the thirteenth century in Wigan when the King gave the Charter to the people of Wigan and they had... More > there first market. Jessica and Matthew find themselves mingling in the Market place with Merchants from all over Europe before they are once more whisked back to the twenty first Century.< Less
The Town That Was By Mary Gonzalez & Joan Brickley
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Twins, Jessica and Matthew have another adventure with the help of their magic doll, Miranda. This time, they travel, once more, back into the past. They find themselves in the time of Shakespeare,... More > experiencing what life was like at that time. Apart from meeting Queen Elizabeth I, they find themselves helping with the props and sound effects of one of Shakespeare's performances. Unfortunately, because of their mistakes, the play ends in disaster risking the wrath of both the Queen and William Shakespeare himself. Nevertheless, all is well that ends well and, eventually, all is forgiven.< Less
The Kingdom That Was By Mary Gonzalez & Joan Brickley
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This is one of a series of children's books in which the main characters, Jessica and Matthew, are taken back in time by the power of a magic doll called Miranda. For their latest adventure, they... More > are taken, by their mother, on an exciting trip to the Jorvik centre, in York, With their mum. They find themselves in some trouble when they are whisked back to the time of the Vikings. They join a Viking trader and his friends on a fantastic journey to Norway. The children end up explaining all about England, returning there later with the trader and his family. After an unexpected meeting with King Mop Head and a challenge with a Warrior King, they get home just in time to return to Wigan with their mother. This book is one of a series which has been written to give children an interest in history in a pleasant and fun way.< Less
The Hall That Was By Mary Gonzalez & Joan Brickley
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In this great adventure they visit the Edwardian days, they meet King Edward VIII at the hall. This book is one of a series which has been written to give children an interest in history in a funny... More > and pleasant way. The children befriend some of the staff and Matthew makes an enemy of the head butler. Both children have lots of adventures in between getting into bother with the guide who is taking a group of people around the hall. Due to Miranda, herself, getting into bother, the children find themselves catapulted backwards and forwards from the Edwardian days to the 21st century. Before they finally find themselves back in the present time, they meet King Edward VIII who is on a visit for a banquet at the hall. Another great adventure in The Hall That Was.< Less
The Fifties That Was By Mary Gonzalez & Joan Brickley
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We join the twins, Jessica and Matthew on their latest adventure into the past with their magic doll, Miranda and Teddy, her friend. This time, they take us into the time of the nineteen-fifties... More > where they experience how different life was then in England. They attend school with two new friends from that time. They celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and they journey across the river to New Brighton on the famous Mersey Ferry.< Less
The Mersey Ferry That Was By Mary Gonzalez & Joan Brickley
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Jessica and Matthew are twins who have found an old fashioned doll in their great grandmother’s attic. The doll is called Miranda who turns out to be a magical doll that comes to life. She,... More > also, has a magic fan. With one wave of the fan, she has the power to transport herself, and the twins, back in time, to another century. In this story, the twins go on a school trip on the Mersey Ferry. Miranda appears to them and whisks them back to the twelfth century, the time of the first ferry across the River Mersey. They have adventures with characters that they meet, even interacting with the inhabitants of an old castle. Matthew gets dressed up as the court jester and tries to entertain the lord of the castle who begins to think that the twins are really spies and orders them to be arrested. They are chased through the castle passageways but escape with the help of Ned, a boy who befriends them. Finally, just in time, they are whisked back by Miranda into the twenty first century.< Less
The Everton Village That Was By Mary Gonzalez & Joan Brickley
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After attending an Everton football match with their father, Matthew and Jessica take up an offer from their magic doll, Miranda, to take them back in time, for another adventure. They return to... More > Everton, when it was still a village and the rich merchants of the time had their mansions on Everton Hill. They meet a Master Mariner, captain of a merchant ship and his family, the lady who first made the Everton toffees and they attend a celebration of the creation of the first Everton Football Team.< Less
The Beech Tree That Was By Mary Gonzalez & Joan Brickley
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This is the story of the life of, not just an ordinary beech tree, but a very special one. Whilst on a visit to a school grounds, Jessica and her twin brother, Matthew, come across the tree that... More > appears to have something magical about it. With the help of Miranda, a doll who has special magical powers, they travel back in time, accompanied by Teddy, Miranda's friend, to past centuries and discover how the beech tree has been useful through its life to many different kinds of people. Even, when it seems that the tree has no more to give, Miranda and the twins, have other ideas.< Less
The Knotty Ash Village That Was By Mary Gonzalez & Joan Brickley
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Great Gran Bunting, in this story, pays a visit to Jessica and Matthew's school to talk to the children about her childhood spent in Knotty Ash. As she insists on taking her pet parrot with her, much... More > to the dismay of the teacher, all chaos breaks out in the classroom when the parrot escapes. After her visit, Miranda, Jessica's magic doll, takes her, Matthew her twin brother and Teddy back to the old village of Knotty Ash in the eighteenth century when the rich merchants from Liverpool, built their mansions there and they discover how different life was then compared with the present day.< Less