"Nobody's Child" Cassie is an eleven year old girl who has been in a children's home since she was four years old. Very bright, Cassie excels in most subjects and can play Brahms and Mozart on the piano at the age of only six. Because of her age nobody wants to adopt her. Mrs Cummings the manager of Auton House is a wicked woman who treats Cassie and the rest in her charge badly and beats her with regularity. One day she is sent to clean out the toilet and bathroom and Mrs Cummings comes along to inspect them. Running a white glove over everything and looking for dirt. When she doesn't find any she then reaches up on the door - Cassie is only three feet six inches tall and was unable to reach up to the top of the door and Mrs Cummings sets about her with a cane. She beats her so badly that Cassie runs at her forcing her back where she hits her head on a wash basin. Cassie in her panic rushes out and runs away.- It is there that she meets Don a ex docker who takes pity on the girl - rea


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 Mary discovers a boy who she later discovers is her cousin hiding out in the house. They become very good friends and she shows him the secret garden.

Cassie could empathise with this story as she was living in a kind of secret garden herself even if it were amongst the shrubs and bushes. It was her secret that no one knew about. She didn’t know how long she could continue to reside there and hoped than here hideaway was not discovered; worst of all that the police would find her and arrest her for the murder of Mrs Cummings. She would certainly be sent to prison for a long time.




“When the Police arrived at Auton House after Mrs Cummings had come around from the blow she had sustained to the back of her head that had rendered her unconscious; she composed herself and thought of the story that she was going to tell the police when they arrived. Martha Cummings tended to the gash at the back of her head before calling the police. She told how the young girl had attacked her in a fit of temper after being asked to clean the toilets and as a result had pushed her down and fled the home.

Police sergeant William Wilson took down a description of the girl as there was only a photograph of her when she was four. The Evening Chronicle ran missing persons report and asked for anyone with information to contact the station in Newcastle.

Mrs Cummings couldn’t wait for the girl to return so that she could give her the thrashing of her life that she thought was deserved. She toyed with her cane and her eyes narrowed as she gazed down at the report in the newspaper. The rest of children in her charge were feeling the brunt from Cassie’s absence as she set about them with her bamboo cane. There were several boys and girls at the home now and she had to hire another tutor to come in and teach them. The young children all liked Polly Steven’s who treated the children with respect and kindness. This didn’t go down well with Martha Cummings who said that she had to be stricter with the children. Polly believed that children responded better to kindness than a beating. With a face like thunder Mrs Cummings looked out of her office window watch and waiting for a car that would bring Cassie Mitchell back.



When the alarm went off Fart began to bark, Don reached out and switched it off he couldn’t believe what time it was. He sat on the edge of the bed scratching his head and rubbing the sleep from his eyes. Then he went o the toilet. Don washed himself then dressed he went back into his room to get a clean pair of socks without thinking. Going into the kitchen then as he put on the kettle he realised that Cassie was still asleep. He made a pot of tea then took the dog out he was only gone five minutes then when he returned he knocked on the bedroom door that Cassie was sleeping in before going in.

“Are you awake he asked?’

“Yes, what time is it?

“It’s time to get up; do you want some cereal.’ “I have a variety pack so you can have Cocoa Pops, Corn Flakes, Rice Crispies, Frosties, or Sugar Puffs.

“I don’t know mister Don we had this thick porridge with no sugar in it every morning.’

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