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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 ›
This story revolves around a young girl whose father has died and a shady business partner and his family are awarded guardianship of that girl in the late business owners will. It seems simple enough at that point and you may have read stories like it, but press on as it is just beginning to get interesting at that point. Enter the curious and wonderful character that is Mana who is hired as governess to educate the young girl in manners. She has some kind of strange ability, and is a resident from a strange island where the people have come under the sway of the new business owners and a bad king. I wont ruin it for any new readers but that is the way its going.
What makes this wonderful and set apart from stories out there heading in a similar direction is the skill and daring of the writer. Most stories have a single or possibly even dual focal point where you live the story through the main character. this story establishes a single man character (at least this is how I understood it), but her story heads out in one direction and another character takes over. for me that's pretty daring but as I said, it takes a great writer to make that work, and she really did make that work- wonderfully so. the secondary characters were rich, their struggle interesting, and the story so well told that the whole thing was carried off perfectly.
What we get from this is a lively, mysterious adventure and some very memorable characters. also, I see there is a second story and I would say this one sells the next.
yep, im sucked in
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book and had to get the others in the series!Published 13 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 17 months ago by Rw swem
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 21 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 23 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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