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She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.
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Mysterious, steampunky elements appear: twelve silver circles set in the stones near the shore, a seemingly magical night train that inspires strange dreams, and Miriam's own secret possession: her old-fashioned Crown Phoenix manual typewriter, which takes on a larger aura.
Miriam overhears Virgil and Theodosia's whispered business dealings. She reads their private papers and learns of shocking details. The Marchpanes hate her snoopy ways and hire a governess to keep Miriam in line.
Enter Manalapata Postulate, a character every bit as trippy as her name suggests. As Miriam's new governess, she has a hypnotic hold on everyone--for instance, the very racist Theodosia cannot recall saying yes to hiring Miss Postulate, who is the color of dark chocolate, yet Theodosia's signature's on the contract!
At first Miriam rails against her new governess, but soon Miss Postulate, or Mana, not only turns Miriam into a proper lady, she has also, to Theodosia's horror, charmed young Simon and Neil. When Miriam asks Mana why she's being so nice, we wonder too! Most everyone has a nefarious motivation that is big fun trying to figure out. Miriam is much more than she seems as well.
Danger lurks, and finally, the kids learn that Mana has been taken.Read more ›
About the characters:
Miriam is a slightly spoiled, orphaned girl. Her world turns upside down when her guardians and their son move in her house. She has a vivid imagination and some spirit and this is something I liked about her.
The Marchpanes are Miriam's guardians. They are awful to her and their purpose is mysterious, since from the moment they move in with Miriam, they try to find something specific and for an unknown reason.
Simon is the Marchpanes' son. He is a rich kid, with no trace of his parents' characters. He's not ambitious for money and fame. He and Miriam dislike each other from the start, but their mutual hate for the Marchpanes brings them together.
Neil is Simon's best friend. He is a simple poor boy, and smart enough to win a scholarship at the same school Simon attends.
Mana is the most awesome character in the book. She is mysterious, wise and from the Islands, and she has some unique powers.
The Cantwells are some rich, charming and evil people. Their full plans of whom are best reveiled in the second book of the series.
And finally, Riki, an island girl that we meet later in the book. She is so nerve-breaking that, in my opinion, makes Neil a hero for tolerating her.
About the book:
The story is set in England and in an island called Lampala. The author is great with the descriptions of the places and the situations.
This book has two parts.Read more ›
Some of my favorite childhood adventure tales, like Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn, were only missing one thing - a heroine. We have that in Miriam, who holds her own with the boys in the story, as does the courageous Ms. Postulate. This is a story I look forward to sharing with my children. In addition to a great story, the larger themes dealing with oppression, exploitation, greed, and abuse of a powerful substance that could blow laudanum (hey, it was the Victorian poison of choice) off the map can serve as a teaching tool.
Plus, my daughter, the budding writer, will adore Miriam and her stories.
I'd also like to ask Ms. Deluca to let me know when a direct flight to Lampala opens. The food sounds divine!
Thanks for the great read!
This lifts it above a straight adventure story for MG/YA and into a realm which appeals to older readers.
Where the book shines most is in the depiction of rich, strong characters- notably the females in the book. Miriam, Mana, Barbara and Teri are all vibrant characters and knock the spots off the poor lads in the book.
The book ends with numerous mysteries yet to solve and the fate of several MCs unresolved. I'll be downloading the sequel very soon and urge everyone to read this great book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book and had to get the others in the series!Published 8 months ago by Consumer Queen
I think you will enjoy this book. I found this author's style to be most delightful. Even to the point of searching for more of her books.Published 11 months ago by Rw swem
Love finding a new writer who can tell a story with great imagination and daring, and that is just what we have in this book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by mr dead
I got ten pages into it and gave up. This falls under the "life is too short" category. The writing was stilted, the characters over-the-top unbelievable. Read morePublished 16 months ago by elh
I'm back to order the rest of this series -- what a nice surprise that they're bargain priced!
I have a collection called "Buy More" -- I had put this book... Read more
This has been a real fun and surprising read, although as the vote says, several things didn't really work for me. Read morePublished 17 months ago by DasteRoad
It was a good start to the series. Enjoyed it. So far the other
two books as just as good as this one.
Kind of like one part Frances Hodgson Burnett, one part E. M. Forster, and a tiny pinch of Philip Pullman, this book is pretty good but lacks the masterful touch and structural... Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Alysa H.
I accepted this request because I found the blurb to Night Watchman Express very interesting . Now I am glad I did. I enjoyed every part of this book. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Donna Newman
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