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The Museum's Secret: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn (book 1) (The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn): Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn Bk. 1 [Hardcover]

Henry Chancellor
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4 Sep 2008
Welcome to the Scatterhorn Museum! But don't get too excited - it's a cold and dingy place, crammed full of tatty stuffed animals and junk. Nobody much wants to visit any more, and its days are surely numbered. But when Tom is sent to live here he soon finds there is more to this museum than meets the eye. The animals may be shabby and moth-eaten - but they possess an incredible secret. And when Tom discovers he can go right back to the time of their making, a hundred years earlier, he embarks on a journey full of unimaginable terrors... Join Tom in his breathtaking adventure in and out of time, from an Edwardian ice fair to the wastes of Mongolia, the jungles of India, and beyond....

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019272083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192720832
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 15.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aside from his children's books, Henry Chancellor is the author of the many highly acclaimed adult titles, including Colditz: The Definitive History, and The Official Companion to Ian Fleming's Creation-James Bond-The man and His World. His remarkable television series, Escape from Colditz, won sweeping praise and has been shown all over the world. His documentaries for television include The Great Belzoni, Millennium and Commando. He lives in Suffolk with his wife and young children.

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An irresistible adventure through a world full of dust, insects, magic potions, missing jewels and stuffed animals...

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful magical adventure 19 Sep 2008
By Davina
I bought this for a 10 year old prolific reader, who devours books faster than they can be published, because I saw that it was new in print. I read it before I gave it to him.
It is wonderful - a fantastic, fabulous and magical adventure of a boy, Tom Scatterhorn, who becomes involved in an old, ramshackle, family-owned natural history museum. It quickly becomes apparent that there is more than meets the eye - the animals on display, created by a master taxidermist in the last century, can come alive. Tom finds a portal in the museum, which enables him to travel back and forth in time, between the modern day and the years in which the museum was created, and he becomes an apprentice to the master taxidermist. He finds out that the taxidermist has discovered an "elixir of life". But Tom isn't the only one travelling in time, and there are other, not-so-nice people looking for the rumoured elixir...
It is beautifully written, and very exciting. Highly recommended, I'd say for 9 - 12 year olds. My 10 year old loved it, read it practically in one go, and wants to know when there will be more (it is called "Book 1"). I hope there will be more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trying to be too many things at once 15 July 2011
My Y5 Deep See Readers group reviewed this book. This is what they thought: Our reading group chose this book because it looked exciting. You had to be patient, though, for the adventure to get going. This book was really four different stories trying to be one story. We don't think it worked as well as it could have because it didn't decide which of these stories it wanted to be. In part, it was a Narnia type entry to another world, it was part Dr Doolittle talking animals, it was part adventure in India, and it was part save the museum from falling into the wrong hands. If it has a main character that you could empathise with and a story that did not try to pack too many things in, we think this book could have been better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB ! 9 Jan 2009
By Mrs. C. J. Cubbon VINE VOICE
I can only agree witht he previous reviewer (that's why I bought the book) - this is a fantastic book - I too have read it first and hope there will be more - I was definately ready for more adventures. I cruised through the book, snatching time whenever I could to carry on reading. I would have loved this book as a child and highly recommend this to everyone with children 9+ (because it is such a long book) but I am sure younger able readers would love it too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 24 Feb 2009
By Tina
What a fantastic book! Full marks for this book; if there were 10 stars to give, this book would deserve every single one of them! It's about a boy called Tom who moves in with relatives who own an old museum of stuffed animals who, he discovers, aren't really dead at all. A great adventure begins with Tom time-travelling back and forth. As the book says, they are `remarkable adventures'! One of the best books I've ever read. I really loved this book and was sorry when I finished it. Hopefully there'll be a sequel soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this book for my 9 year old daughter. She loved the story. The mystery, intrigue and suspense kept her reading the book from start to finish. She found it to be one of the best books that she has ever read. As a mother I was a bit concerned about the inclusion of the beetles in the prologue at the start of the book, as I found this part a little bit disturbing. I read the book to ensure the content was suitable. I also found it a realy entertaining read and would highly recommend it for any child over the age of 9. My daughter would rate this book as 10 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars museum secret no longer 4 Feb 2009
This book is rare in being suitable, i.e interesting and very readable, for boys in the 8 to 12 range but without the violence and adult content of so many intended for this category. Grandparents and grandson looking forward to the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah and Mum 31 Jan 2009
By Lizzie
We loved this book. My daughter is 8 years old and we read it at bedtime. I intended to read one chapter each night but it was so exciting we often read two!
We hope that there will be a next book as we can't wait.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Victorian night at the museum 3 Aug 2009
By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I really enjoyed this book about Tom Scatterhorn, a boy who is sent to stay with relatives who own a fabulous natural history museum, when his father disappears on a beetle-collecting expedition in Mongolia. It is probably best suited to a reader between eight and ten years old, as there are some quite scary bits but the tone is generally not too Gothic or overwhelmingly frightening.

Unlike the previous reviewer, I will tell you a bit about the plot, as there's quite a lot of detail on the back of the book anyway! Look away now if you don't want to know.

The Scatterhorn family have owned the museum for generations. Whilst it's now in disrepair, in Victorian times it was a showpiece of taxidermy with hundreds of amazing animals on display in lifelike poses. Anyone who has seen "A Night in the Museum" will have an idea what happens next, but really the exciting adventures of the book mostly take place in the human world. Tom discovers he can cross into the past and meet Sir Henry Scatterhorn who founded the museum, and must work out who is friend and who is foe in the confusing crossover between past and present.

A sequel is nicely set up by events at the end of the novel, though it promises I suspect to be rather creepier. Suffice to say that if you think your children will be frightened by the Kafka-ish plot twist of people turning into giant beetles, possibly best avoid this book.

Overall it was well-written and it read well aloud, too. Lots of nice description and dialogue, and with enough drama and tension to keep you going without it being too scary. Very entertaining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A gift
This was chosen as gift for a nephew, the reviews about the book certainly interested me, so hopefully the he did too.
Published 2 months ago by Ann E. C. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars fun fast moving action adventure series
This was a very enjoyable read for me as a younger person with a good storyline for me to follow easily enough and to not leave me bored. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Emmi
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book is amazing. I read it in one day. I can't wait for my Mum to get home so I can buy the next one.
Published 9 months ago by isa
5.0 out of 5 stars D'ya know what? This really should be made into a film!!
I bought this for my 8 year old son who thought it was the best book he'd ever read, and he is now in the middle of reading the sequel. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2010 by Anne Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
I found it hard to put this book down once I started it. As a primary school teacher I often read books intended for children so that I am familiar with the books my class are... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2010 by est
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good fantastical adventure for readers 8+. I'm a much older fan...
The Scatterhorn Museum is a family legacy, founded in 1906 and handed down from the generation of the adventurous explorer Sir Henry Scatterhorn. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2009 by S. Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars What a book
I ordered this book for my 8 year old son. I am a fan of books such as Phillip Pullmans Dark Materials and Garth Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy, I felt this would be a good introduction... Read more
Published on 9 May 2009 by S. Booth
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