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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane, 1) Hardcover – March 5, 2019
With a dad who disappeared years ago and a mother who's a bit too busy to parent, Emmy is shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England, where she's sure she won't fit in.
But then she finds a box of mysterious medallions in the attic of her home--medallions that belonged to her father. Her father who may have gone to Wellsworth.
When she arrives at school, she finds the strange symbols from the medallions etched into walls and books, which leads Emmy and her new friends, Jack and Lola, to Wellsworth's secret society: The Order of Black Hollow Lane. Emmy can't help but think that the society had something to do with her dad's disappearance, and that there may be more than just dark secrets in the halls of Wellsworth.
"A fast-paced mystery with lots of humor, adventure, and surprising twists! This book has it all: mysterious artifacts, hidden doors, snotty roommates, family secrets, and a wonderful old boarding school with secrets of its own. I absolutely loved it!" ― Jessica Day George, New York Times bestselling author of Tuesdays at the Castle and Dragon Slippers
"A page-turning mystery ripe with plot twists, crackling humor, and a plucky heroine. Kids will love Emmy and beg for more." ― Michael Buckley, New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grim and NERDS
"Nobel creates a number of engaging characters, as well as several suspicious ones, and sets the story in motion, building tension and surprising readers from time to time as the plot twists unexpectedly and individuals reveal themselves more fully. Written in third
person from Emmy’s point of view, the narrative moves quickly toward a satisfying conclusion, but some mysteries remain unsolved. A promising first novel that leaves the door open for sequels." ― Booklist
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Julia Nobel is a teacher from Canada and mother to a young daughter who helps her write by throwing applesauce at the keyboard. She is the author of The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane and The Secret of White Stone Gate. Visit her online at julianobel.com.
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Young Readers (March 5, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492664642
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492664642
- Reading age : 3+ years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 620
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.05 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #140,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2019
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The characters were interesting and distinct, and the interactions between them felt organic and believable. It was a good plot that moved along quickly, keeping me engaged. And the secrets kept me guessing until the end.
At least this story does not suddenly introduce a magic or supernatural element. I hope the sequel steers clear of magic, too.
I have never attended a boarding school, though I have visited several schools in New England. Are the children really left to their own devices during most hours of the day and night? It seems very strange in comparison with American high schools, where students are supervised closely and hall monitors check everyone's pass. Whether the prep school in this book is realistic or not, it certainly is a great escapist environment for stressed-out middle-schoolers.
At Wellsworth, a gothic boarding school in England, the worst villain Emmy Willick expects is Latin and loneliness until an unexpected letter gives her a perilous after school activity: unravel the mystery left by her missing father. Every clue she deciphers brings her closer to the truth but drags her deeper into a conspiracy stretching back centuries.
By cleverly intertwining history into the narrative, Julia Nobel has crafted a page-turning mystery in which a charming cast whose true-to-life interactions make them feel real investigates a secret society whose menace is made worse because it could rationally exist. In addition, Nobel artfully walks the line of leaving enough clues to reward readers who hope to predict what comes next without leaving so many that the answer is obvious or so few that the truth comes out of nowhere. This makes the novel an excellent introduction to the genre, while providing twists that will keep more experienced readers guessing.
Altogether The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane will earn Julia Nobel and the mystery genre many young fans.
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Reviewed in Brazil 🇧🇷 on March 1, 2021