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The Secret of Platform 13 [Kindle Edition]

Eva Ibbotson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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'This has everything that you could wish for: magic, mayhem, laughter and sadness and it's beautifully written and read.' -- Daily Express

'This is one of the very best novels for children of seven and above that you can find'
-- Independent on Sunday

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'This has everything that you could wish for: magic, mayhem, laughter and sadness and it's beautifully written and read.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 289 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141302860
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044XV5PI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Eva Ibbotson is one of the best-loved children's writers in the world.

Her first children's novel was published in 1975, and her most famous story, JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA, won the Smarties Gold Prize in 2001.

Her books have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and many other literary awards.

Eva died at the age of 85 in 2010

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Harry Potter you'll be amazed by this! 22 April 2002
By A. Craig HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
Because years before Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was written, Eva Ibbotson thought up the same story. At platform 13 of King's Cross there's the opening to a magical world of witches, hags, giants and creatures called mistmakers which puff out mist when they hear music, so keeping their island refuge secret. The King and Queen of the island have a little prince born to them, but when his three nannies take him through the gump to enjoy fish-and-chips, he gets kidnapped by the rich and horrible Mrs. Trottle. Nine years must pass before the little Prince can be rescued. But when the rescue party (consisting of a wizard, a gardening witch, and ogre and a little hag, Odge) arrive in our world they find Raymond Trottle a gross spoilt bully. Only the despised odd-job boy, who is as nice as Raymond is nasty, will help them....
A gloriously funny quest with an ending that brings tears to the eyes. We particularly enjoyed the Mrs. Thatcher-style harpies who knock out enemies with their disgusting handbags.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute favourite book 6 April 2002
Format:Paperback
this was my absolute favourite book when i was younger and i still read it now. i believed totally that there were such things as gumps, doors leading to other worlds, and i always hoped that i would find the one hidden on platform 13 so that i could live on the island and see the mistmakers. i was enthralled as i read the adventures of Odge Gribble and her magical friends who go through the gump to find the long lost prince who was stolen 9 years before. it is a completely original, funny, magical and heartwarming story and i highly recommend it.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it six stars if I could! 22 April 2004
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Years before J K Rowling invented Platform nine and three quarters, IvaI bbotsen created her wonderful book: ‘The Secret of Platform 13,’ about asecret portal beneath a railway station leading to a mystical island kingdom far, far away. Unfortunately, this portal (or gump) only opens briefly once every nine years … and last time it opened the king and queen’s newborn baby was stolen. Now the royal family send four islanders to rescue their son: An elderly wizard, a magical fey, an invisible ogre and a young hag. Unfortunately, the now nine-year-old prince doesn’t want to be rescued.
The writing is a sheer delight, describing the fantastical characters with such charm that they are easy to visualise and become utterly believable.This book is perfect for 8 – 9 year-olds to read on their own – or would make a great bedtime story read nightly to 6 – 7 year-olds. It’s exciting, magical, mysterious … but best of all, there’s nothing too frightening and plenty to make you laugh out loud!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting 16 July 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
the secret of platform 13 was about a baby prince being taken by his 3 nanny's through from the most mystical island to the streets of london, every nine years the gump opens to get through, for nine days.......... the baby prince was stolen by a rich lady and her husband, she really wanted a baby of her own and there was no baby's she could adopt...........
after the gump closed it was a sad nine years and rescuers had been chosen to go and steal back the prince from his fake mother, would it work or would they have to have more help?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 4 Feb 2011
By Richard
Format:Paperback
(This review was written by my 9 year old daughter)
Amazing, I think The secret of platform 13 is GREAT. Before I bought this i wanted to know who the lady on the front was. I think everyone should have a copy in their house.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it six stars if I could! 6 May 2004
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Years before J K Rowling invented Platform nine and three quarters, Iva Ibbotsen created her wonderful book: 'The Secret of Platform 13,' about a secret portal beneath a railway station leading to a mystical island kingdom far, far away. Unfortunately, this portal (or gump) only opens briefly once every nine years ... and last time it opened the king and queen's newborn baby was stolen. Now the royal family send four islanders to rescue their son: An elderly wizard, a magical fey, an invisible ogre and a young hag. Unfortunately, the now nine-year-old prince doesn't want to be rescued.
The writing is a sheer delight, describing the fantastical characters with such charm that they are easy to visualise and become utterly believable. This book is perfect for 8 - 9 year-olds to read on their own - or would make a great bedtime story read nightly to 6 - 7 year-olds. It's exciting, magical, mysterious ... but best of all, there's nothing too frightening and plenty to make you laugh out loud!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and Wonderful! 15 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A gump is a hidden door opening every 9 years, leading to another world, and there's one on platform 13 at Kings Cross Station...and this one leads to a island full of weird and wacky creatures, determined to rescue their prince stolen 9 years before. But the prince has become a difficult and horrible boy, and the rescue won't be easy! Ogres, wizards, hags and ghosts all play their part in the rescue. A not-to-be missed book, is easy to like because of its' delightful characters, and great storyline! I couldn't put it down, and then couldn't wait to read it again! (So I did!)All children fascinated by Harry Potter will love this too!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming, though predictable tale 19 Mar 2006
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This book is a great choice for any young reader. Before Potter found his platform to Hogwarts, there existed another hidden platform close by, one that leads to an island teeming with fantastic creatures and magical beings, who for the most part live happily together.
The thing is, the doorway to the island only opens for nine days every nine years, and almost nine years ago, the baby prince was kidnapped by an obnoxious but wealthy woman. The time has finally come again for the portal (or gump) to open, and a SWAT team of magical folk has been assembled for the search and rescue mission.
This relatively simple expedition gets very complicated when they find that the prince doesn't live up to expectations, and isn't willing to return to the island. Fast moving, sometimes funny and always imaginative, you won't want to put this one down, even though you can figure out the plot "twist" very early on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fantastic, page-turning book!
The next chapter was even more exciting than the one before. Whilst reading the book I felt like I was part of the magical story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by driver
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
A really great fantasy book which captured my sons imagination. Easy to read and with engaging characters, it wasn't long before we were reading it again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Drpsych
5.0 out of 5 stars Ibbotson novels are predictably brilliant
I regularly read Ibbotson's novels to my 9 year old son and each one is perfect. This one has just the right amount of spooky and weird without being frightening for bedtime... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars hi
a great book buy it is so awesome I could read it all night and day and good quality stuff
Published 13 months ago by evan
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure delight
Eva Ibbotson at her delicious best. She excels at redemption stories and never fails to inspire. Reading my way through her bibliography.
Published 14 months ago by Neasey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I really recommend this book.Mark is my father and as a child it is my job to tell you that when I am older I"'ll think of this book as one of those that when you read it you think... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark Howe
4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret of Platform 13
This is a really good book.It's a bit unrealistic,but it's meant to be like that.

From the winner of the 2012 Barnhill P.S. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Fartanaught
4.0 out of 5 stars The secret of platform 14
A great book some parts were a little dull but I loved the end and I am so glad they found the Prince in the end great book!!!:)
Published 18 months ago by Isobel Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Cliches, cliches, cliches. A black-and-white-world
This review contains spoilers about the story. So, please be aware of that. I am writing this review so parents can be aware of what they are buying for their child. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sera
4.0 out of 5 stars magical
The secret of platform 13 is a very good book. The book was well written, fun, exciting and magical. I recommend this book to somebody who loves adventure, fun, and magic. Read more
Published on 3 May 2012 by Joya Peri
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