The Secrets of Eastcliff-By-The-Sea

By Eileen Beha
Illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright
Published by Simon & Schuster • August 2014

A charming sock monkey reunites a fractured family in this simply remarkable novel in the tradition of The Velveteen Rabbit and The Penderwicks.

“This original, heartwarming and highly amusing tale about lovely, lonely Annaliese is related by Annaliese's sock monkey, Throckmorton S. Monkey. This unusual novel is old-fashioned in the best sense of the word, conveying universal truths and values through the use of sentient toys.”Kirkus Reviews

“Centered around a rich, eccentric elder and the stuffed animals she created for her descendants, Beha’s well-paced debut often seems like a throwback to children’s books written decades ago. Set in a remote seaside home in Maine where the children are tutored, the story is made even more quaint by its narration, particularly attuned to the tender feelings of a hand-sewn sock monkey...[Beha's] her main characters, particularly Throckmorton, are sweet and sympathetic.”Booklist