The Secret Lake


A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and a secret lake. A page-turning time travel adventure for children aged 8-11. Now enjoyed by thousands of young readers!

When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour’s small dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through?

Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound, and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake.

Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified? And whose are those children’s voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods?

Stella and Tom soon discover that they have travelled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies, and uncover startling connections between the past and present.

A modern children's classic

The Secret Lake has been described by readers as a modern Tom's Midnight Garden and compared in atmosphere with The Secret Garden and the Enid Blyton and Nancy Drew mystery adventure stories. Its page-turning plot, with its many twists and turns, makes it a firm favourite with both boys and girls.

Karen Inglis describes it as, a time travel mystery adventure with modern twists - the kind of story that I loved to read as a child, but brought right up to date.

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Page Count

124 pages

Publication Date

18 September 2011

Customer Reviews

1-5 of 3 reviews

  • Julie Carmichael

    A 10/10 rating given by my reluctant reader son
    I find it very hard to find books that will engage my 10 year old son and he loved this .Read it in 2 days and wouldn’t put it down. Great plot with a bit of adventure and mystery .

    December 8, 2021
  • Vashti Cowan

    I loved The Secret Lake, it’s the best book ever!
    I also bought this as a paperback for my grandson, as we are all in lockdown in Victoria, and I read it on my iPad and we could then discussed after chapters and compare notes. He loved it

    December 8, 2021
  • Paula

    Not a children’s book
    It’s a present so I don’t know much about it but it looks fine.

    December 8, 2021

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