The Faraway Tree
The Secret Island is only a secret to most of those who live near the lake it is on – the rest of us have read the book and know all about it. The island is perfect for the four runaways – Jack, Mike, Nora and Peggy – to live on to escape their terrible homes. It has a sandy cove, caves to hide in, rabbits, fish and willow trees which are perfect for making a house out of.
The little island seemed to float on the dark lake-waters. Trees grew on it and a little hill rose in the middle of it. It was a mysterious island, lonely and beautiful. All the children stood and gazed at it, loving it and longing to go to it. It looked so secret — almost magic.
Elizabeth Allen is a very naughty girl. In fact, she is the Naughtiest Girl in the School. The school is Whyteleaf School, and when she learns she is to be sent there she breaks out her worst tricks to try to be kept home. When that fails she goes out of her way to break every school rule going, to be sent home. Later, when she decides she wants to stay after all, she tries to be good but her temper means she is accidentally very naughty still…