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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Well Said Limited (12 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956932363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956932365
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 848,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi! I'm Karen Inglis. I live in London in the UK.

I've been writing ever since I was little and still have a box of my daily diaries hidden in a cupboard somewhere!

I'm a big dreamer and thinker, which is how my time travel mystery adventure, The Secret Lake, came about... It's about Tom and Stella who find a tunnel and secret lake that take them to their home and the children living there 100 years in the past. I hope that you'll enjoy and share this very special story with family and friends who have children aged 8-11. It's now been enjoyed by around 6,000 children in print or Kindle:)

My graphic novel, 'Eeek!' is about an alien who loves football so runs away to Earth during the World Cup! It's filled with fun black and white illustrations - even the Kindle version. Don't miss out if you are a boy or girl aged 7-10 who loves soccer and humour. And be ready for a surprise!

'Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep' is a rhyming colour picture book for 3-6 yr-olds about a fox that once fell asleep in my garden. There's also a colouring book version. I hope the younger ones will enjoy it - and I know that the grown-ups will love the rhyme!

Finally,'Henry Haynes and the Great Escape' is a fun chapter book for age 6-8 about a boy who gets sucked down into his library book story after complaining that it's boring. It's a firm favourite at school visits :-)

To find out more about me and my writing check out my author blog at kareninglisauthor.com

Best wishes,

Karen

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Young on 4 May 2014
Format: Paperback
Karen Inglis has done it again - a pacy short novel with engaging illustrations and short chapters which will attract young readers and get them turning the pages. Even reluctant readers will be keen to read on to find out how young Henry Haynes fares after falling into the adventure within his library book.

I especially love the way the story is framed within Henry's trip to the library where he is slightly in awe of the knowing and kindly librarian. It's a great way to encourage children to visit their local library - and librarians everywhere will want to stock this book!

So much adventure and fun is packed into this short book, which also includes nice touches of realistic detail making it easy for young readers to relate to Henry. As an added bonus, there are a couple of chapters of Inglis's "Eeek! The Runaway Alien" at the end, a slightly longer and more challenging read, to encourage young readers to progress. There's also the blurb for Inglis's "The Secret Lake" - another cracking adventure story in short, easily digestible chapters.

A useful book to encourage boys in particular to lose themselves in a good book - just as the hero does, quite literally! Good for 7-9 year olds, I'd say, though there's nothing in there that older boys of 10 and 11 won't enjoy, if they are reading a little under the target for their age group.

The device of falling into an adventure contained within a storybook is a good and timeless one, and I wonder whether Inglis has more adventures of this kind in mind for Henry? In the same way that the Narnia books have children everywhere checking the back of their wardrobe for snow, I'm sure there will be young readers gazing hopefully into their reading books, once they've read this one.
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The book opens with Henry Haynes, a reluctant reader, engaging in a book called 'Jeremy James and the Great Escape' which he got from the local librarian, Mrs. Glyn. He is annoyed because there are no lions in it, only a boring snake. It is a mistake to be annoyed about this book, a touch I thought was brilliant. It turns out that Mrs.Glyn has enchanted the book, so Henry falls through it. He then must set all the animals free from the zoo with the help of Brian, the key-regurgitating snake. Another great touch to appeal to boys, as the keys even have spit on them. He then releases all the animals including Gordon, the gorilla who stinks and then Henry goes home. He is then, in a final touch, accused by his mother for being smellier than he has ever been before: Gordon's fault.
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By L. Jordan on 29 July 2014
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This is a new departure for Karen in that it is a slightly shorter book than her other young fiction titles. However it doesn't disappoint. The story positively zips along with her customary fizz and verve, and the plot is both exciting and funny in equal measures. Karen has created a great lead character in Henry and I would love to see other stories about the same character. The fact is there aren't enough books out there like this. Not all children are up to tackling longer books, yet shorter stories can often be dull and one-dimensional. Not so with Henry Haynes. I would recommend this to any child from around six upwards…especially, dare I say it, to boys who are normally reluctant to pick up a book. My son would have loved it…probably still would, and he's thirty!!
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I gave this to my 8 year old and she devoured it in one sitting. Her granny came to visit the next day and she read the whole thing to her too. She's a big fan of books with animals, so the zoo theme really appealed to her. She also loved the idea of the book within the book. It's good fun to read aloud - especially if you like doing silly voices!
I'd definitely recommend it. Especially if you're going on a long journey and need a good page turner. Also ideal for tempting them away from the tablet for a while!
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