After the death of their mother, Carrie and Daisy Denby were headed for London in search of a grandfather they had never seen.
- Artist: Mario Capaldi
Nobody’s children – Suzy: #176 (18 January 1986) – #188 (12 April 1986)
In 1645, during the English Civil War, thirteen year old Beth Verney was separated from ‘her parents, Sir Francis and Lady Verney, during a Roundhead attack on their home. “Roundheads” was the nickname given to the followers of Oliver Cromwell, the leader of the enemies of the King. Beth was befriended by old Mother Shapton who possessed a strange power over birds, which she passed on to Beth before she was accidentally killed. Beth learned that her parents were at Skipton Castle, and with Sparky, Mother Shapton’s tame raven, she set out to find them.
In Victorian times the mysterious Shadow helps the poor people in her town. Meanwhile, Jenny and her stepfather Mr Grimthorpe seem to be cruel overseers of the town.
In America sometime in the 19th century, Bella Whitehorn was stolen as a baby by a tribe and raised as one of their own. She was given the name Bright Gift. When she turns 12, her father chief of the tribe gives her back to her family to prevent a war.
Dorothy Carr was a blind orphan and worked as a street musician for two heartless women, Aunt Eliza and Aunt Martha, who specialised in taking in crippled orphans and forcing them to beg. Dorothy regained her sight after a fall, but kept it secret so she could help the other kids.
Hannah and Sam are two orphans working in Mrs Kennel’s lodging house in the East End of London. One of the lodgers is Peter Palisade, a mystery man who sleeps by day and goes out only after dark. Sam decides to follow him one night. Peter Palisade returns but there is no further sign of Sam. Hannah is sure that Peter has killed Sam but she is forced to flee when Palisade catches her searching a large trunk in his room. Hannah finds refuge with Sarah. an old friend, and late at night, when . everyone is asleep, the two girls return to the lodging house to pick up Hannah’s few poor belongings, just as they are about to leave. the front door begins to open…
Dorcas, a little London waif was forced to work for a chimney sweep by the cruel Mrs Greems. Mrs Greems also had a lodger, a mysterious man known as Old Ben, who was kind to the children but Mrs Greems wanted to know what he was hiding.
Cremond Hall had been the country seat of the Earls of Cremond for many hundreds of years. Now, it was uninhabited except for its custodian, Miss Hatherleigh, and the echoes of its past. Miss Hatherleigh tells strange stories of about the Cremond Hall (later referred to as Cremond Castle), each story had an individual title.
It was reprinted in Nikki under the name Blackwell Hall.
List of Cremond Hall/Castle Stories:
Orphan Polly Marsh worked at forbidding Grimstone Grange, owned by Harriet and Nathan Gaunt. Polly discovered that they kept imprisoned, Louise Lumley, believed to have died along with her parents in a fire at Grimstone Grange. Risking her life, Polly climbed into a derelict mill to help Louise escape.