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19 Railway Street explores the link that connects two different worlds and two remarkable young people on the brink of maturity. This is a unique collaboration between two of Ireland’s most popular authors. Llywelyn’s previous novels for children have won two Bisto Book Awards and one Reading Association of Ireland Award for excellence.
One house, two children, one hundred and thirty years between them. In 1776, orphaned but wealthy Sophie Rutledge lives a life of privilege in a fine Georgian house in Dublin, quite unaware that her murder is being plotted. In 1907, Mickser Lawless and his impoverished family occupy the same house, now a tenement. Mick’s father is dying and his family will be thrown into the street to starve. Then they both see ghosts. Sophie is frightened by the phantom of a ragged, starving boy. Mickser is terrified by the apparition of a beautifully dressed young woman. This is the tale of a boy and girl who have absolutely nothing in common but a house – and danger. They cannot help themselves but they can help each other, if they are able to overcome their fear. But time is running out. On Christmas Eve – 1776 and 1907 – events come to a shocking conclusion.