Lily in the Mirror by Paula Hayes
Published by Fremantle Press
Lily sighs with disappointment, why did she have to have a brother, why? Lily loved being dark and mysterious, it didn’t help that she had a pillow saying: YOU ARE SO LOVED! In fact she wished she was an orphan, they always had better chances of having a magical adventure.
Lily had two parents, definitely not what an orphan had, and three siblings; unfortunately she had a brother, noooooooo! Her eldest sister is called Zinnia and is 24 she moved to Spain to live with her fiancé Manuel. Next came Fern, she is 22 years old and is an Arts student. Next came Linden (AKA Pig Boy), he is 14 and he hates Lily , once he held her head underwater at the pool and Zinnia had to whack him on the head and Fern dived in and saved her.
Anyway, this weekend its mum and dad’s honeymoon and they are going to Hong Kong for 2 weeks. Lily has to go to GG’s (Granddads) house for this time, excellent; this means she can explore the Rosy Room.
GG and Lily then went to the nursing home to see Nimmy, today she didn’t remember GG. GG was sad.
She explored the Rosy Room and found a finger, a finger!!!! Then she hears a voice: “HEY CHINESE GIRL!!!!!!!!” Lily takes that as an insult, she is Australian with Vietnamese background she runs out of the room. Later she comes back in the room and sees a little girl in a mirror; she turns out to be her long-lost great aunt. She is also called Lily. She tells Lily how she got in the mirror: When she was younger, 14, she and her twin sister Lucy (Lily’s grandma, AKA Nimmy) found a ghost in the house, his name was Edgar; he died when he was 14, he was in a pie stuffing competition and he suffocated. He started annoying them; he then put a curse on Lily to send her in the mirror:
SILLY LILY, DON’T DILLY DALLY
INTO THE MIRROR YOU GO
SILLY LILY DON’T DILLY DALLY
STAY THER AND NEVER GROW
He then pushed her into the mirror. Lily In the Mirror charged at the mirror touched it with her finger and it exploded into Nimmy’s hand. That explained a lot thought Lily.
BBBBBBBRRRRRRIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!! Lily ran out of the Rosy Room and into GG’s room, GG was at his bridges game. Lily answered the phone. ‘Hey loser, I’m coming here tomorrow at 6 o’clock!’ He hang up. ‘OH NO’ thought Lily, ‘Pig Face is coming here tomorrow’, apparently, Pig Face got in trouble with his mates and he is too much for Fern to handle.
She ran into the Rosy Room, ‘Lily’ she called, ‘my brother Linden is coming tomorrow and he is a pig’, ‘ oh yeah I remember him, Lucy brought all four of you to see me and he was the worst of you all’ said Lily in the mirror, ‘we must teach him a lesson’.
One week later when Pig Face came, Lily and Lily made a plan to put Lily in the mirror’s finger in Linden’s drink, when Linden tasted the finger, he looked and screamed, Lily came and looked at him with big innocent eyes. Lily later found out something terrible, Nimmy was very sick and was having her last days. Nimmy came home and pulled Lily out of the mirror. Then Nimmy sat down and passed away. Then she found out something amazing, Zinnia and Manuel were going to have a baby, she was going to be an aunty!
My favourite part was when Nimmy pulled Lily in the mirror out of the mirror, I rate it 10/10.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Paula Hayes
Title: Lily in the Mirror
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Published: August 2016