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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
MILD SPOILERS. Poppy has found a silver key and a mysterious woman, who may be a witch, wants it and has enlisted a local bully to retrieve it. Chases, suspense and adventure follow. END SPOILERS.

This is a conventional adventure that has been written in an exciting but plain and straightforward style that would probably suit an early reader. And I mean that in a good way. The set up, two sisters move with their parents to an old house in an out of the way English village, in which the younger sister finds a mysterious silver key, is unexceptional. The events that follow this discovery are equally predictable. The resolution is efficient and just as predictable.

The strength, and the appeal that I see, is that the book is crisply and clearly written. The pace is extremely fast and the plot develops quickly. Vocabulary seems age appropriate. The characters, (sisters, neighbor girl, helpful school mates, understanding adults, parents, bully), are all presented just as you would expect. The action is easy to follow, and the story just barrels along.

There is no irony and no goofing on the genre. There are no odd missteps or weird changes in tone. Descriptions are effective and dialogue is straightforward. There are no red herrings and no confusing shifts in the storytelling to throw off a young reader. The general tone is suspenseful yet upbeat and I would expect it to thrill rather frighten a young reader.

I could see a young reader getting a kick out of this book and feeling a certain sense of satisfaction at having completed it. I could also see it encouraging that reader to develop a taste for more advanced and complex magical adventure tales. That alone seems to make the book worth a look for your younger reader.

Please note that I found this book while browsing kindleunlimited freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
9 year old daughter's review:

I got this book on my kindle as I had nothing to read. I found it a brilliant book but it is way too short. It was only 44 pages long! I read it way to quickly and now need to spend even more money on a longer book. Would be five stars but too short.

I'd recommend the book if you want to finish it quickly. Again brilliant story.
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on 21 August 2013
I quite enjoyed the story but the whole was marred by the most bizarre anachronisms. When on earth was this adventure supposed to be taking place?

In one scene we learn that the class at school splits into boys - going to football; and girls - going to "Domestic science". This suggests 1950s or 1960s. (We've been through home economics, food technology and many more over the years. And would you believe it - girls can play football nowadays).

Then in another scene someone looks something up on the Internet!!!

These are just two examples that left me baffled and irritated.
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on 16 October 2013
I rate this book 5 because I think that young people like me can read It and understand what is going on, like other book sometimes the words are tricky so you can't read it by yourself. There are I few hard words in there, so it makes you think, but there aren't a lot of tricky word. It is amazing one of the best books I have read. I am 9 years of age and it is brilliant for mums to read to there children as long as they can understand what is happening because one of the most important thing is that you understand what is going on in the book. I read it by myself and knew what was going on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2012
A gorgeous little book, had my kids hanging on every word thrice over for an entire weekend in Cornwall.

Highly recommended to young and old!
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on 9 February 2013
This was my first kindle read to a class of thirty (year four). The plot of the story has captivated the children and many have become interested in the process of publishing books. We have also worked on turning scenes into play script too.
The children with kindles cannot wait for the next Poppy and Lily installment.
Definitely recommended.
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on 22 January 2013
This book was short ,fantastic and mysterious as it involves some rather peculiar characters. It's full of surprises and twists, five friends together and a boy of bullying, there is also another creepy character and quite a few co-characters. I advise you to read this book, it's fantastic!!!!
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on 30 May 2014
AWESOME AS MINECRAFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am loving this book. It is good for the Sun. (Minecraft is pretty awesome though)awesomeness is cool. I think we should all read this book because of how amazing it is.
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on 31 May 2013
I choose 5 stars because I have never got bored in this book. It has always been exciting.
Everything wasn't the same as other books and that is what tend to find. Read it and see what I said is true.
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on 10 July 2013
I am a 10 year old girl and I absolutely loved this book I am a big fan of real life books but this added a bit of fantasy which left you on a cliff hanger I would definitely recommend it to others!!!
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