- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 644 KB
- Print Length: 278 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 148109145X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dr. Daniel Klockenbrink; 1 edition (29 Sept. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FJC2QVU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,183,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Klock's writing style is clear and entertaining, on the one hand easy enough for a younger reader, whilst also providing a few challenges as well to develop their reading skills. The first part of the book is mainly concerned with Will settling in to the school, and making new friends and settling into school life.
The whole world of the school and the WCO is highly detailed and imaginative. Cloudys Transportation Service, run by goblins, Bluerin: the mysterious substance that can be transmuted into any present imaginable....but can also be used to commit fraud....
The relationships between the children were lively and fun: the chatterbox Freddy and the know it all Sabrina, the aloof Richard; and Will and Annabel's relationship which explored that in-between stage where girls and boys begin to become interested in each other (and are a bit embarrassed by it).
As much as I enjoyed the first part of the book - it captures the excitement of a new school and the wonder and imagination of Christmas ( and provides a full explanation of all of those things you always wanted to ask about Christmas, but never dared ask!) - it is in the second part, when the mystery kicks in, that the pace really quickens. As the mystery unfolds the action increases and there is plenty of excitement and drama: flashing wands, scary monsters and daring escapes. And of course, if you were thinking that being trained up in Snowfields School for a life long job where it's Christmas every day might just send you a bit bonkers..........well read the book!
My only caveat with this book, is that for a book aimed at the young adult market it could do with a picture on the cover. I loved the font of the title, I just think that to appeal to the younger audience a picture on the cover, and maybe even a few illustrations in the book would really add to the appeal. Other than that, this was a really enjoyable read with some memorable characters and I think it would appeal to both boys and girls in the tweenager/young teen bracket, or just anyone who loves Christmas!
The author has a wonderful imagination and brings this book to life beautifully. He describes each scene in detail without becoming tedious. The scenes flow smoothly and logically. The pace of the book was quite fast-paced which I thought was important for preteen and teenagers whose attention spans are sometimes short.
I loved the action and mystery in this novel and the unexpected twists and turns. Even finding out how the presents on Christmas Eve were delivered was surprising.
Christmas, magic and mystery. Can you ask for anything more? I loved Fraud at Snowfields. I thought the ending left the possibility for a sequel and I would really love to see one. I gave this book 5 stars out of 5. I highly recommend it.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
This review was published on my blog Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.com/2014/12/book-review-fraud-at-snowfields-by.html
Whether a good thing or bad I suppose comparisons with the Harry Potter series were inevitable as Will finds himself at this rather unusual boarding school.
One of those books that transports the reader. Ideal for all those (tweenagers and above, boys as well as girls) who are looking for a different festive read. Fraud at Snowfields combines all of the seasonal magic with some very neat wizardry all of its own in a novel, as spellbinding as it is exciting, that is as much the story of a boy who still believes in the magic of Christmas as it is a mystery involving some 'shady goings-on' that could jeopardise the festive season.
A wonderfully witty, festive read - though as of course is only right a good book is not just for Christmas. Given time (please Daniel tell me there will be another book(s) for I feel there is a lot yet to be explored) I'm sure Will and Snowfields is more than capable of capturing the nations imagination.
Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
Disclaimer: Read and reviewed on behalf of the author, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.
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Not to mention, there are some not so nice words like "damn", "idiot" and phrasing such as "I ain't serving folks like you" referring to the goblins, who sadly accept this discrimination "the goblin hung his head and walked out again". Here's another quote "like every secretary in the world, our dear Mrs. Script (the names throughout the book are ridiculous!) can't stand the thought that something is going on that she doesn't know about. I'd step around her if you don't want her nagging all the time." and at this point I just stopped reading because I was getting so frustrated with all not so subtle stereotypes I just COULD not share this with my daughter.
I understand that this is supposed to be for 9-12 yr olds but this is certainly NOT the way I want kids of any age to think is acceptable ways to treat each other or anyone that is "different" from themselves. I can not believe this is actually a Christmas book.
Honestly, if I can't get my money back I will be throwing this book in the trash (which is basically a crime in my home) because I would be embarrassed to share it with anyone!
The concept of a Christmas-y Hogwarts is intriguing and has potential to be delightfully British, but the treatment here is simply not compelling. It’s unfortunately realistic that the place is labeled “Snowfields, Official Training School of the Christmas Service, Part of the White Christmas Organization (WCO).” But all the imagination that could be there is just drained out by the very “told,” not “shown” action. While the scroll including the invitation is nicely tied in a gold ribbon with the seal of the school – “a Christmas parcel with a garland of holly around it” – the contents are deadly educational bureaucratese: “You will receive all necessary forms and information, including a list of things you will need to bring with you, as the school will not provide them,” etc.
Later we learn that Will has only a small suitcase because he was to bring only personal items. But what an opportunity this could be to give us a list of what one takes to “Christmas school!” Maybe one’s favorite pajamas, which will be made up into duplicate uniforms to keep students in the spirit. Maybe a cherished Christmas gift from childhood, for discussion in product development classes. Maybe . . .
Things pick up a bit once we’re on our way to Snowfields, but the references to a Narnia-style lamppost and Mary Poppins’s parrot-head parasol (as a cane), then landing in a scene I’ve seen in <i>The Polar Express</i> do not reveal Klock’s own imagination. All is pale and dull in the everyday (Muggle?) world, but not told in a way that makes us delight in deriding that world, as would have been done in a Harry Potter story.
The cover is extremely simple with effective font for the title but no design elements to give a professional touch. The text is pretty clean, but to the point of sterility. Klock has not made good use of his opportunities to really capture us with his story.
When Will went to Snowfields, a school to train children to work with Father Christmas himself and learn about the magic involved in Christmas and all the hard work that goes into making Christmas, I wished there was really a school like this I could have attended when I was young. The descriptions of the school grounds were so vivid I transported myself there and walked along side of the children as they explored the areas. The writer is very visual in the descriptions of everything including the people that work in the school and the students that go there with Will. You feel like you know the people from those descriptions and you can see them too.
While at the school, Will stumbles upon a mystery that could jeopardize Christmas. He is enlisted to help catch the culprits and save Christmas. The story makes you think like a detective and think about who could be participating in this mystery. I was really into this part because I always wanted to be a policeman when I was young because I was very good at solving things and finding things around our house and at our school.
I would recommend this book to all ages because when you sit down to read A Fraud at Snowfields you will be transported to a magical place full of adventure for young and old alike. I can’t wait until my new granddaughter is old enough for me to read it to her which will be in a few years. I am recommending this to my son to read to my other grandchildren as well. This is a five star read as far as I am concerned.
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