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* CharacterOverlap: Several of the characters have previously appeared in the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' series. Amy herself has been mentioned a few times in her adult guise as a moth-themed costumed crimefighter, including a cameo in "Literature/SorcererConjurerWizardWitch". Fish-girl Janice Marsh, as an adult, is a key character in "The Big Fish" and "Another Fish Story". Miss Borrodale, the science teacher, appears as a schoolgirl in "Richard Riddle, Boy Detective in 'The Case of the French Spy'". Geoffrey Jeperson is the father of Richard Jeperson, one of the main protagonists of the Diogenes series. "Clever Dick" Cleaver from "Literature/ClublandHeroes" makes a cameo appearance.

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* CharacterOverlap: Several of the characters have previously appeared in the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' series. Amy herself has been mentioned a few times in her adult guise as a moth-themed costumed crimefighter, including a cameo in "Literature/SorcererConjurerWizardWitch". Fish-girl Janice Marsh, as an adult, is a key character in "The Big Fish" and "Another Fish Story". Miss Borrodale, the science teacher, appears as a schoolgirl in "Richard Riddle, Boy Detective in 'The Case of the French Spy'". Geoffrey Jeperson is the father of Richard Jeperson, one of the main protagonists of the Diogenes series. "Clever Dick" Cleaver from "Literature/ClublandHeroes" makes a cameo appearance. Stephen Swift, introduced in this novel, returns as a supporting character in ''Literature/SomethingMoreThanNight''.


''The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School'' is a novel by Creator/KimNewman, and sequel to ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool''. It's a homage to the girls' BoardingSchool adventure stories of the early twentieth century, with a fantasy twist: Drearcliff Grange is a school for girls who are ... ''unusual''.

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''The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School'' is a novel by Creator/KimNewman, and sequel to ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool''. It's a homage to the girls' BoardingSchool adventure stories of the early twentieth century, with a fantasy twist: Drearcliff Grange is a school for girls who are ...are... ''unusual''.


* BladeOnARope: Sterlyng fights with her whip-length, hook-laced braid of hair.



* PrehensileHair: Sterlyng ''emulates'' this trope with her whip-length, hook-laced braid of hair, although it's unclear to what extent she has control over her coiffure-cum-weapon's movement.

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* DumbMuscle: People tend to quite unfairly consider Little this, since her height makes them forget just how ''young'' she is. She's bright for her age.


* SeriesContinuityError: When Knowles mentions that people with psychic abilities have an increased chance of developing a brain aneurysm, Amy says that so far her powers haven't so much as given her a nosebleed. The first book in the series said that when Amy's telekinesis was first developing, trying to use it gave her a nosebleed more often than not. (Maybe she's just forgotten what it used to be like now that it's fully under her control, or maybe she only got nosebleeds if she tried to ''force'' her powers to work before they became reliable. Or maybe Amy is merely affronted that ''Knowles'' has never gotten them like Amy used to.)

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When Knowles mentions that people with psychic abilities have an increased chance of developing a brain aneurysm, Amy says that so far her powers haven't so much as given her a nosebleed. The first book in the series said that when Amy's telekinesis was first developing, trying to use it gave her a nosebleed more often than not. (Maybe she's just forgotten what it used to be like now that it's fully under her control, or maybe she only got nosebleeds if she tried to ''force'' her powers to work before they became reliable. Or maybe Amy is merely affronted that ''Knowles'' has never gotten them like Amy used to.))
** When a Goneril girl is made Head Girl, Ariel are affronted as this is the first time the Head Girl hasn't been from their House ... Except, of course, for the previous year, when it was Sidonie Gryce of Tamara.

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** Out-of-Verse, secrets play a greater role in ''this'' novel than in the prior ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool''. Conversely, [[spoiler: the eerie presence of Mauve Mary has more claim on being a genuine "haunting" in ''Secrets'' than the feigned "haunting" in ''this'' novel.]]

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* MacabreMothMotif: As Amy flirts with the notion of becoming a more violent strain of vigilante, she experiments with a new and darker costume: a Death's Head Hawk-moth rather than a Kentish Glory.


* SeriesContinuityError: When Knowles mentions that people with psychic abilities have an increased chance of developing a brain aneurysm, Amy says that so far her powers haven't so much as given her a nosebleed. The first book in the series said that when Amy's telekinesis was first developing, trying to use it gave her a nosebleed more often than not. (Maybe she's just forgotten what it used to be like now that it's fully under her control, or maybe she only got nosebleeds if she tried to ''force'' her powers to work before they became reliable.)

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* SeriesContinuityError: When Knowles mentions that people with psychic abilities have an increased chance of developing a brain aneurysm, Amy says that so far her powers haven't so much as given her a nosebleed. The first book in the series said that when Amy's telekinesis was first developing, trying to use it gave her a nosebleed more often than not. (Maybe she's just forgotten what it used to be like now that it's fully under her control, or maybe she only got nosebleeds if she tried to ''force'' her powers to work before they became reliable. Or maybe Amy is merely affronted that ''Knowles'' has never gotten them like Amy used to.)


** One of the girls had a picture book published by Uncle Satt, the children's story publisher with murky origins featured in "Literature/TheGypsiesInTheWood". A Sir Bruin de Bear toy, based on one of the characters in Uncle Satt's stories, is also mentioned.

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** One of the girls had a picture book published by Uncle Satt, the children's story publisher with murky origins featured in "Literature/TheGypsiesInTheWood". A Sir Boris de Bruin de Bear toy, based on one of the characters in Uncle Satt's stories, is also mentioned.


** One of the girls had a picture book published by Uncle Satt, the children's story publisher with murky origins featured in "Literature/TheGypsiesInTheWood".

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** One of the girls had a picture book published by Uncle Satt, the children's story publisher with murky origins featured in "Literature/TheGypsiesInTheWood". A Sir Bruin de Bear toy, based on one of the characters in Uncle Satt's stories, is also mentioned.


* ShoutOut:
** The rumor about the Black Sow that lurks in "Under-London" is a nod to the Beast of London Below in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''.
** One of the locations in the scavenger hunt is [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Count Dracula's now-abandoned London residence]]. Among the inexplicable rubbish scattered about the place is [[Film/Dracula1931 the long-dried-out shell of an armadillo]].
** Another of the locations is Literature/SherlockHolmes themed: it's the location of the [[Literature/AStudyInScarlet first murder Holmes and Watson investigated together]], and the item to be retrieved is disguised in the manner of the macguffin in "The Six Napoleons".
** Another Literature/SherlockHolmes reference: Moria Kratides is the daughter of Sophy Kratides from "The Greek Interpreter".
** When Knowles is recounting what she's learned about the history of the Broken Doll, part of it is an untold adventure of Literature/CarnackiTheGhostFinder.
** Knowles uses an Electric Pentacle, Carnacki's signature protective device, in the confrontation at the Music Room, and it proves capable of suppressing the telekinetic powers of both Amy and the Broken Doll.

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* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes: Palgraive's body has been taken over by a PuppeteerParasite. To most people, she's just that strange girl who smiles all the time; to people without a WeirdnessCensor, she's the girl whose mouth is always smiling but whose eyes are screaming.

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* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Little has been known to get trapped inside rooms after accidentally pulling the doorknob off.


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* KnightsAndKnaves: Miss Gossage poses the puzzle to her class, but neglects to include the "only one question" restraint. Little says that she would find out which was the truth-teller by thumping both of them and asking "Who wants me to do that again?", and the rest of the students agree that this makes as much sense as the answer in the textbook.

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* EmpathicHealer: [[spoiler:"Shrimp" Harper]] accidentally discovers that she can remove other people's illnesses and injuries [[spoiler:as a variation of her "breathing in"]]. She receives the subjective effect of the illness or injury, but not the thing itself, and it fades away over time; when she cures someone's broken arm, she has to wear her own arm in a sling for a few days until it remembers that it's not actually broken.


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* VampiricDraining: "Shrimp" Harper has the ability to "breathe in" the life force of others, leaving them feeling tired and run-down.

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->''You are right to be afraid of the Broken Doll.''

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