Cass the Brave Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1980, illus Mary Rayner Puffin, pb, 1980
Cass and her twin sister Carrie leave London for the country where their father has become Vicar of an ancient church. On her first evening there, Cass picks a leaf from St Govan’s fig tree despite a warning prophecy that “he who picks a leaf will need a hearse”. Soon her time is fully occupied with choir practices, a visit from the Bishop, adjusting to life with a new stepmother, coping with the lodgers and even a haunting! She makes a new friend, too, a strange boy called Matt who owns an old, white horse. But at the back of her mind, the threat of the fig tree is constantly present ...
Silver’s Day Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1980, illus Mary Rayner, 91pp.
Cass makes friends with Flora at the beginning of the school term, even though everyone else laughs at her because she looks odd. Flora has an unexpected talent with horses, and helps Cass to train Silver for the show. There are several mysteries and problems to be solved along the way.