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When Tom’s brother Peter gets measles, Tom is sent to stay with his Uncle Alan and Aunt Gwen. They live in an upstairs flat of a big house with no garden. An elderly and reclusive landlady, Mrs Bartholomew, lives above them. Tom  is not allowed out to play because he  may be infectious. One night, however, he hears the grandfather clock strike 13 and gets up to investigate.  He discovers that the back door now opens on a large sunlit garden.

Every night, when the clock strikes 13, Tom returns to the garden and plays with  another lonely child, a girl called Hatty. Tom writes daily accounts to his brother Peter, who follows the adventures during his recovery.  

On the final night before Tom is due to go home, he goes downstairs to find the garden is not there. He desperately tries to find Hatty. He shouts her name in disappointment, before his Uncle Alan finds him and puts the events down to Tom sleepwalking. The following morning Mrs Bartholomew has some surprising news for Tom ……

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