Harleigh J. Weatherby IV (read as "the fourth") is the only child currently living in Weatherby Manor, the big old house that had been in his family for years. The family had once been massively wealthy, but over the years the estate had become run down because of loss of funds and grown-ups who didn't care as much about the house. Harleigh had great plans for fixing up the mansion and grounds, but he had to grow up and regain the family wealth first.
One day, while out exploring the overgrown grounds, Harleigh meets a strange girl named Allegra who literally flies over the walls and into his world. With the help of Allegra, Harleigh begins to learn about the people who live in his house and the mystery of the family wealth. What he discovers is nothing short of amazing.
The Treasures of Weatherby by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Lexile: 1060; Interest Level: Grades 3-6) is an interesting story of a lonely boy with a lot to offer. Readers who enjoy a good "realistic fantasy" will enjoy this story. (240 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.