Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret

The unlined wooden coffin had been placed on the great dining table of Easingford Hall.The coffin maker stepped back to allow the new Lord of Easingford, Henry Edgar Easingford, to approach the open coffin. His eyes midnight dark, Lord Henry placed the tiny corpse of his nephew, Edward, into the coffin, next to the body of the child's dead mother, Lily.

'You can't read your class that- they'll have nightmares!' I was told! Not a bit of it! They loved every second and were on the edge of their seats.

Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret is -quite simply- an excellent read. Fast paced and action packed with chilling villains and strong heroes/ heroines, it is a compelling page turner.

Miserable at Miss Pecksniff's Academy for Young Ladies where she has been sent by her well meaning guardian, Thomas Campion, Rose has had enough and decides to climb down a drainpipe and head for home.

Once back at Campion's Palace of Varieties and Wonders, Rose and her friends find themselves caught up in the mystery of a disappearing actor...

To say much more about the plot might spoil the pleasure of reading the book, so I will leave it there. Suffice it to say that Victorian London is brought vividly to life and there are enough twists and turns to keep everyone on their toes!


Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret by Lyn Gardner

Nosy Crow     ISBN: 978-0857634863

River of Ink


The first in a series of books, 'River of Ink' is a pacey, mysterious adventure story that keeps you turning the pages!

The book starts when a teenage boy is washed up from the River Thames. He has no memories. He doesn't know who he is, where he's from or why he was in the river. Unable to communicate, he draws and a symbol appears...

The characters in the story are all well developed and believable. You care about Jed (the river boy), wanting to understand his plight and to solve the mystery. The family he finds himself living with are not conventional, but are all the more 'real' for this, not just background characters. Strong personalities work together- or not- to uncover the truth about the boy from the river.

The settings of the story are captured perfectly. As I read, I recognised places I know, described clearly, but within the context of the story, making the action seem all the more real. There are also fascinating collage spreads throughout the book which add to the feeling of gathering clues as you progress through the story. 

'River of Ink' has so much to offer for a reader looking for the challenge of a more demanding plot with rich characters and plenty of action. 

River of Ink (Genesis Book 1)  Helen Dennis, illustrated by Bonnie Kate Wolf

Hodder Children's   ISBN: 978-1444920437