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Product Details

  • Series: Tethers
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484959833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484959831
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,594,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in High Wycombe, Jack Croxall now lives in rural Nottinghamshire with his chocolate Labrador, Archie. He has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham and currently toils away as a science writer in between working on his books. He tweets via @JackCroxall and blogs at www.jackcroxall.co.uk

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A great start to a trilogy in my opinion, and I can’t wait to read Unwoven (The Tethers Trilogy #2).
LeKeisha
Tethers is an exciting story set in the Victorian era, with a fabulous blend of mystery, adventure and fantasy and an engaging pair of lead characters.
E. L. Adams
I do recommend this book - especially for those of you who happen to enjoy story that deal with 'time' almost like it is a character.
L. Avery Brown

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TD Bauer on June 24, 2013
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This is a YA novel, and I'll admit right away that I tend to have a hard time getting into such stories. I didn't have that problem with Tethers, by author Jack Croxall.

The story follows two kids in their early teen years of the Victorian era, as they go on an adventure filled with mystery and fantasy after discovering an old journal in the house of a neighbor. The story moves along at a fairly descent pace, was interesting, and well researched. One of the things that pulled me into the story was the detailing of the Victorian setting and the characterization.

This novel is Jack Croxall's first publication and it does not disappoint. It will be interesting to see what he does next. I could easily see him continuing on with more books in a series based on the Tethers' characters, but hope that he will also branch out and create additional imaginative works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bodicia on June 21, 2013
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I was really impressed with this debut YA fiction novel from Jack Croxhall. It had me hooked from the beginning and I read it in an evening.

Jack draws you in with the characters and the story, both original and well thought out. I particularly liked feisty Esther and it was fabulous to see a strong female teenager who refused to hide behind her male companion, Karl. Harland and Mr Cauldwell, the main adults of the story, treat Karl and Esther with trust and respect which was refreshing to see as I have lost count of the number of stories I have read where the adults never believe the children and put things down to their 'vivid imaginations'.

Karl and Esther are teenagers who live in a village where nothing much happens. Karl, intelligent and resourceful, is destined to become a teacher at the village school and Esther to work with her parents at their pub. That is until a chance encounter leads them to overhear a threat against a fellow villager and they find a notebook stating they were together at a village neither of them had ever visited or heard of.

There are several positive messages for teenagers in this book and I rather liked that about it too. Although the characters are strong, positive, resourceful and brave, they are also unafraid to break the rules a bit and it makes them easy to warm to and very believable. I thought the Victorian setting worked well for this novel, the characters had to walk to places, use a canal boat etc and it made for an interesting twist when it took hours or sometimes days to get to places which we would consider nearby by today's standards.

The first of a trilogy, this novel is well written, fresh and absorbing. A great first novel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy Angel on June 17, 2013
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This YA novel by newcomer Jack Croxall is a wonderful story of adventure set in Victorian London.

Two weeks ago 13 year old Karl was caught trespassing in a village neighbours garden but before he is caught he sees, through the window, an engraved silver box which looks out of place among the clutter of the house. Although told by his mother to stay away, he returns with his friend Esther. There is no sign of the box, or Mr. Statham, the neighbour so Karl and Esther break in, only to find out they are not alone! They escape the other intruders, barely, but not before Karl discovers a note book under the floorboards.

This notebook is the start of a journey that will lead the two children from their tiny village of Shraye to the by land and by river to Nottingham, with peril at every turn and enemies round every corner Karl and Esther will need all the help they can get from their new friends to stay alive and out of denger.

I was quite surprised to find this is Jack Croxall's first book. The characterisation is a joy and the setting is such that rather than reading the story you, at times, feel you are there.

As a story it reminded me, as others have noted, of the Sally Lockheart novels of Phillip Pullman, by way of The Famous Five. A wonderful debut and hopefully the story is not over yet.

If you have a young adult reader, treat them to this book, if not, treat yourself
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill on August 24, 2013
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I am so impressed with this book. I wasn't sure if it'd be something that I would enjoy, but I am so glad that I did.

+The writing of this book is pretty smooth and detailed. I was easily able to picture the settings and artifacts in my mind. Dialogue did seem a bit artificial at times, but it wasn't enough of an issue to really bother me while reading.

+The characters are well written. Though it was slow for me to get into this book, once I kept to it, it wasn't long before I was cheering the protagonists on and was emotionally attached to the outcome of their adventure.

+I am blown away that this is a debut novel. This is a more-than-solid start to a very promising future. I sincerely hope that this isn't the end of Jack Croxall's writings (or the Tethers story!)

I recommend this book to fans of fantasy, young adult, and adventure. It might be hard for you to start, as it was for me, but the story is worth the read once you make it past that lull.

My copy of Tethers was provided by the author, Jack Croxall, in exchange for an honest review.
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