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The Secret of the Stones by Victoria Heward

Max and Lara are brother and a sister. They are twins. The children spend another summer in a small picturesque village, not far from Stonehenge. First it seems too much boring – the nearest city is far from there, there are only forests, fields and clear air. Absolutely nothing to do! But still the curious twins will not be bored, because there’s a lot of interesting things to discover around. They find an ancient mysterious symbol and a book full of ciphers and secrets. Their uncle is not who they thought he was. Max and Lara boldly take up the investigation, like real professional detectives. Soon, these two brave teenagers are involved in some exciting adventures. What will their search lead to? Is it enough just one summer to reveal all the secrets?

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The Secret of the Stones by Victoria Heward

Laura and Max are twins. They live in London with their mum and dad. They always have interesting adventures on holiday. They visit different cities and countries.

This summer they are going to stay in a small cottage in the country. The cottage is in a village called Stonecross, near Salisbury. Max and Laura aren’t very happy.

“Boring!” says Max. He looks at the map, “The cottage is in the middle of a field. What can we do in the middle of a field?”

“Why are we going there?” asks Laura.

Their dad is very tired. He says he wants to relax and to sleep a lot. Their mum loves the country. She wants to walk and paint. “It is a very beautiful part of England,” she says, “Full of culture, tradition, mystery…”

“Mystery?” say Max and Laura together. “Mystery! OK, let’s go!”

The Secret of the Stones by Victoria Heward

Chapter two


The next day Uncle Stephen and Aunty Barbara arrive. They have lots of suitcases. This year the two families are going on holiday together.

Mum drives her car. Dad sleeps… Dad always sleeps! Uncle Stephen and Aunty Barbara follow in their slow, old car.

Two hours later they arrive at Stonecross and find their cottage in the middle of a field. There are green hills, beautiful cottages, flowers, sheep and cows everywhere.

“It’s lovely!” say Max and Laura.

“It’s perfect!” say Mum and Aunty Barbara.

Dad says nothing. He is sleeping in the car.

“What do you think, Stephen? Do you like it?” Uncle Stephen doesn’t answer. He is looking into the distance. His eyes are very black and strange.

“What’s the matter, Stephen?” asks Aunty Barbara, “Don’t you like the cottage?”

“Err… yes. It’s wonderful,” he says, “Come on everyone. Let’s take these suitcases inside. Wake up, Andrew!” Dad wakes up….

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