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The Skeleton Tower [Kindle Edition]

Summer Hopkiss
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Product Description

What is the terrifying secret that lurks in the tower of Grovely Road Junior School? Why does every child in class Five Oak quake with fear when their teacher, the nasty Mr Bratwurst, shakes the keys to the tower door? Just what does Mrs Peabody, the school cook, do to the food to make it so utterly dreadful?
When new girl, Suzette Smith, gets herself into trouble with Mr Bratwurst, she is sent straight up to the mysterious tower. But things are not always as they seem, and soon Suzette is on a mission to free the creature that lurks in the dusty room at the top, a mission that ends up involving the entire school. Utter chaos ensues, with fainting headmasters and vomiting fathers galore. Can Suzette calm everything down in time to save the day?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Summer Hopkiss lives in a top secret location somewhere in the heart of England with her two funny children and shared ownership of a fluffy poodle. She spends her time writing stories and eating Kit Kats, and occasionally writing stories about eating Kit Kats. Nothing makes her glow quite like the thought of sharing them (the stories, that is, she never shares Kit Kats).

ALSO BY SUMMER HOPKISS

Lily's Wand
When Lily’s mum takes her to yet another dreaded car boot sale, Lily thinks she is in for the usual boring Sunday. But she couldn’t be more wrong as she is given a wooden wand by a mysterious old lady and a message that she can’t quite believe.

At first, Lily doesn’t know how to use the wand and the old lady’s gift lies forgotten in a box under Lily’s bed. Until, that is, the summer holidays arrive and bring her wilful cousin, Harriet, to stay. That’s when the wand is remembered and the chaos really starts. Soon, Lily and Harriet find themselves trapped and in danger and it seems that the wand is the only thing that can save them…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lightfoot Press (19 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D7EUZTM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #367,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Summer Hopkiss lives in a top secret location somewhere in the heart of England with her two funny children and shared ownership of a fluffy poodle. She spends her time writing stories and eating Kit Kats, and occasionally writing stories about eating Kit Kats. Nothing makes her glow quite like the thought of sharing them (the stories, that is. She never shares Kit Kats).

Summer also writes for young adults as Sharon Sant.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Tale 26 Jun 2013
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Ah, that first day at a new school; butterflies in your stomach, confusion about what you're supposed to do and, of course, who you're supposed to talk to.

Ten-year-old Suzette Smith starts out at Grovely Road Junior school with all these usual worries and, when she notices how drab and spooky-looking the school building is, even more fears start to lodge themselves in her young mind. Sadly, things soon get even worse for little Suzette as she finds herself in the nasty Mr Bratwurst's class - if a pupil does anything wrong, Mr Bratwurst takes out `The Keys' and locks said pupil in the dark, decrepit old bell tower.

So scared of mean Mr Bratwurst are Suzette's classmates, that the mere jangling of his keys is enough to make them sit in silence for the entirety of the day. So, when Suzette commits her first crime against Mr Bratwurst's ridiculous rules, it's straight to the tower with her, where a sinister secret lurks in the dusty darkness. However, all is not quite as it seems and soon Suzette finds herself determined to complete what seems like an impossible mission.

Summer Hopkiss writes brilliantly and with all the humour and wit of her debut, Lilly's Wand. However, The Skeleton Tower is perhaps a step up from her previous children's novella purely because of its sheer charm. The characters are delightful and, with the story being set in the early eighties, there are plenty of fun pop-culture references to put a smile on the face of adults reading to their wee ones.

The story also transmits the moral of acceptance beautifully; it's never thrown in the reader's face and it seems likely that children will slowly come to work this theme out for themselves, rather than having it force-fed to them in the first few sentences.

Overall, a charming and humorous tale perfect for any parent or guardian wishing to share a fun story with their child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original and enjoyable 20 April 2014
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This was a highly original and enjoyable short story about a group of children pulling together to save the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all the family! 16 Jan 2014
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Awesome book, full of suspense and a exciting adventure for all the family. What an amazing experience for everyone.!!!
Wow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book 4 Sep 2014
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The book was funny , Andre was the coolest character in the whole book . I really liked the bit where Andre jumped off the tower and broke his bones - hal age 9
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cheerful, Upbeat Tale 18 July 2013
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Suzette is the new girl at Grovely Road Junior School and has the misfortune to have Mr. Bratwurst, a lazy, mean person, as her class teacher. He punishes students by sending them up into the Tower, where a scary fiend awaits. What develops from that is a story of friendship, tolerance, cooperation and community action.

But that's not laid on too heavily, (until perhaps the end), and the story also has the appeal of some funny school days action and some incisive and amusing observations about the lives of middle schoolers.

This is a fairly brief read, (although more than a short story), and by its length and straightforward story it seems like it could be a nice choice for an early middle grade reader. Certainly worth a look for a reader who's ready to move a bit beyond chapter books and would enjoy a cheerful tale with a nice cast of schoolmates and an engaging spooky hero.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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