Violet and the Pearl of the Orient
Harriet Whitehorn, illustrated by Becka Moor
(Simon & Schuster)
Violet is a midder. She plays with the other midders (children aged between 7- 11) in the communal gardens behind their homes. She and best friend Rose visit Dee Dee Derota, who was once a Hollywood actress. Violet is thrown into a mystery concerning Dee Dee Derota’s precious possession, when suspicious new neighbours arrive, in ‘Violet and the Pearl of the Orient’.