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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Skeleton Crew (August 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957332106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957332102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,304,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Parry's descriptions are as varied as they are rich, from the scents of Abhaya's Indian healing herbs to the sounds of London's bustling streets and the opulence in the British royalty. A sizable cast of beautifully developed, memorable characters makes solving the mystery even more deliciously puzzling, and readers will be guessing to the surprising end. The well-written dialogue is full of charming colloquialisms, and much of Parry's descriptions border on the poetic.
Imaginative and touching; like India, a sparkling jewel in the crown."
Kirkus Reviews, October 2012.

Isabella Rockwell's War draws the reader into a world of intrigue and adventure, filled with strong imagery and plenty of tension.  Isabella is a vividly pictured, feisty character whose many adventures promise to be a gripping, action-packed read.
 
Stripes Publishing, July 2012.
 

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Hannah Parry is a counsellor and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, London. Her short stories for adults 'The Chrysalis' and 'For What It's Worth' have both been published. Her first novel Isabella Rockwell's War, now renamed Winter's Bite, won first prize in the 12+ section at the Winchester Writers' Festival, June 2012. Its sequel, Fever Quest, has just been released in the USA and worldwide. Both books are being made into audiobooks to be released soon.
The book she is writing at present is an adult thriller.
She lives in the countryside outside London with her husband and daughter and too many pets.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clara on August 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved how it was written from a child's viewpoint. Some books have gripping plots but are not very well written but Hannah Parry can and does both with flying colours. The contrast between places was great India to England, the streets to Kensington Palace. All in all a fantastic read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Thomson on August 4, 2013
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I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. I found this book an easy read full of intrigue, mystery and a plot that i couldn't get to the bottom of. It was well written and is well suited to a young teen audience. For me it lacked the feel of an historical novel but still hit the mark. I loved the strength and resilience of the characters especially Zach and Isabella and I really felt for the situations they had found themselves in. The author did a good job in writing a book where I could almost see the locations from the vivid decriptions included in the story and seemed she was very knowledgeable when it came to aspects of the story (such as the uses of herbs and indian culture) which added a certain depth which all good books need. All in all a well written book by a good author and one I am happy to recommend it to a younger audience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hannah7887 on November 19, 2012
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I loved this book, once i had started i couldn't put this book down. By the end i didn't put this book down, i always wanted to know what was happening next. I loved the way she moved from India to England and the way her mood changed and the way she thought of everything changed. This is very hard to write without giving to much away, so the best way to say it is absolutly brilliant read. I loved it from begining to end, i can't wait untill the second book comes out!!!!
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From first page to the end, the story never stopped moving. From the descriptions of India to the descriptions of London you feel as though you are there with the children and are truly looking at that world through their eyes. The insight into the the emotions of these kids as well as their minds is well thought out and rings true at all times. The characters were well developed and the story intriguing. The first thing I did on completing the story was come here to look for more books in the series. The story leaves you wanting the stories of Isabella's next adventures with Midge in tow; the story of Zac and his future and the story of how they come together again. Looking forward to the next book. Thanks for a great evening of reading.
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Isabella Rockwell is 12 years old, going on 25. So is her friend Alix. Born and raised in a British military camp in 1820s-1830s India, Isabella is as skilled as most of the soldiers and has also learned healing from Abayha, the woman who raised her after her mother died. When a series of tragedies turn Isabella loose on a London street in November with only her wits and Abayha's herb collection to live by, things look bleak. But Isabella is a fighter and is soon allowed to join the periphery of a group of street-children. Her one dream is to return to India, which she considers her true home and is ready to shun any emotional involvement with the other children that might deter her from realizing her dream. But emotions won't stay locked away, at least, not for long and Isabella is soon involved in an impossible but quite possibly lethal friendship.
While the author has made a sincere effort to paint a realistic picture of both India and London in the 1820s-1830s, Isabella and her friends are just a tad too lucky for the cloak of reality to fit properly. Nonetheless, it is an exciting read, and a quick look at a history book will tell you that Alix was real (and quite pretty!).
The few loose ends at the end of the book suggest a possible sequel...
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