I bought Silver Hill - the third book about Jack Brenin - to be delivered on publication, because I love the first two books of the series. I was not disappointed. Catherine Cooper has the ability to make even grown-ups read incredibly fast to find out what will happen next - and she does it without resorting to blood and gore. These books are just plain exciting. I have seen the Jack Brening books compared to Harry Potter, and I can see the resemblances, but also the differences. Reading Silver Hill made me think more of Astrid Lindgren. Of exciting books like Mio My Son or The Brothers Lionheart. But rather than the sad overtones these books have, there's a taste of Pippi Longstocking - and so much more.
The sad and lonely boy, Jack, meets a wonderful world of old magic where animals can speak, the forest is alive and wonderful mythological- and fantasy creatures are real. How to save it all?
In Silver Hill Jack suddenly has to stand on his own two feet to save the last living miniature dragons from being eaten. And, as it turns out, save the Otherworld from destruction.
To me, having put my 50th birthday well behind me, these books are much more than just an exciting read. They are about courage, and about using your imagination and being aware of nature and history to see the wonders of our world.
Strongly recommended - for children too - but read the whole series.
A-C Rasmussen, Danish Teacher