Four reasons to cheer! Meet the Melendys! Mona, the eldest, is thirteen. She has decided to become an actress and can recite poetry at the drop of a hat. Rush is twelve and a bit mischievous. Miranda is ten and a half. She loves dancing and painting pictures. Oliver is the youngest. At six, he is a calm and thoughful person. They all live with their father, who is a writer, and Cuffy, their beloved housekeeper, who takes on the many roles of nurse, cook, substitute mother, grandmother, and aunt. In this fourth book in the Melendys family series, Randy and Oliver Melendy awake one morning full of gloom. Their brothers and sisters are away, the house seems forlorn and empty, and even Cuffy, their adored housekeeper, can't pick up their spirits. Will they have to face a long and lonely winter? Winter soon turns into a season of suspense when a surprise message arrives in the mailbox and sets the scene for a trail of excitement and adventure that will bring them a rich reward. Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet, which captures the lively adventures of a family as they move from the city to the country, has been delighting young readers for decades.