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The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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From School Library Journal
* “Wonderfully written . . . Readers will curl up and keep the lights on with this chilling page-turner.”—Booklist, starred review
* “An original, clever, page-turning adventure.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “In this intricately plotted thriller . . . . True-to-life protagonists, the skillful interweaving of flashbacks and the chatelaine motif, a masterful final encounter, and a satisfying denouement attest to Fox’s craftsmanship.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* “ Fox works a spell of her own, pulling her audience deep into the increasingly nightmarish tale, while creating a stout-hearted heroine who isn't afraid to trust her own mind.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Fox’s story of intrigue and magic is enticing from page one . . . a fascinating and wonderful read.” —VOYA
“[A] cleverly-crafted thriller . . . readers who enjoy historical fiction, science fiction, or horror will not want to miss this book!”—School Library Connections
“An enchanting, ghostly story that had me in its grip until the last page. With her courage, strength, and intelligence, Kat Bateson will become one of the great literary heroines. I rooted for her right through the last page.”
—Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The False Prince
“With nods to Narnia, Harry Potter and The Golden Compass, Janet Fox has created hair-raising suspense and drama. My heart is still pounding from this action-packed, imaginative read!”
—Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky
“Chilling, creepy, charming . . . a delicious read, full of twists and turns and writing that soars right along with the rooks outside the castle walls.”
—Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor-winning author
“Fiendishly addicting, with as many twists and turns as the sinister castle that conceals the charmed children and the chilling evil that first ensnared them.”
—Julie Berry, award-winning author of The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
“A new classic: a terrifyingly irresistable mystery, full of danger, magic, and adventure.”
—Nikki Loftin, author of Wish Girl and Nightingale’s Nest
- Lexile Measure : 740L
- Grade Level : 5 - 6
- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451476336
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451476333
- Publisher : Viking Books for Young Readers (March 15, 2016)
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.19 x 8.56 inches
- Reading level : 10 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kat suspects the castle - and its occupants - are under some kind of spell. But for what purpose? Are there German spies about? And, what does it all have to do with the mysterious chatelaine Lady Eleanor keeps fastened to her waist? Is it good magic or a more sinister dark magic?
This is a splendid page turner for anyone who enjoys mystery, fantasy, or historical fiction. Rich in details and grounded in time and place, it will keep you up at night and make you contemplate the very nature of good and evil.
This book combines magic, the hardships of war, and the challenges of pushing past fear into acts of courage. It beautifully captures how it feels to be a young person in an adult world and tells a story of girls and boys who use brains, talents and determination to triumph in the face of evil.
Kat and her brother and sister are sent to a castle in Scotland to protect them from the bombing in London during World War II. They find themselves with other children, at the mercy of an evil woman who has been stealing the souls of children for a very long time.
Whether you’re 9 or 90, you’ll find this book hard to put down. The descriptions of “The Lady” - her magical, machine-like body parts, the way she casts spells of confusion over the other adults, and her wicked fury – are so well written that like Kat, you too will come to believe in magic.
In the book, Kat learns that “The pen is mightier than the sword.” When that pen is in the magical hand of the author, Janet Fox, this is surely true.
The characters are as flat as possible.
There’s not much of a setting for the scenes. Reads like a lyrical listing of actions that just drags. The passage of time in the book is vague as some of the more interesting details the book doesn’t explore.
Also, doesn’t feel authentic, historically or with the dialogue. Feels like a generic History Channel knowledge informs the writer leading to things feeling un-researched. Some of the dialects feels like cliche Hollywood impersonations.
(Nathan Reese Maher, Author of Award Winning "Lights Out" MG Fiction)