Tia may have everything money can buy, but in her lonely life there are some cruel secrets. Carly often finds herself gazing through the gates of Paradise End. She fantasises about discovering that she was swapped at birth, and is in fact the rightful owner of the beautiful, empty mansion. She longs to escape the three-bedroom semi she shares with her ordinary parents, her revolting brother and annoying sister, to go and live in the palatial luxury of the fascinating house. Then she meets Tia, the daughter of the new tenant of Paradise End, and Carly begins to realise that life behind the impressive pillars and long elegant windows isn't anything like her dream.
Elizabeth Laird has been nominated four times for the Carnegie Medal and has won the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award. She and her husband divide their time between Surrey and Edinburgh.