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Holy Bones and Ava Jones (Tal and Ava Book 1) by [Curtis, Norma]
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About the Author

Norma Curtis spent her childhood in North Wales and now lives in London with her husband and son. She has published award-winning novels, a film, short stories and articles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Norma Curtis UK; 2 edition (21 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BZ6XKLE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #654,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is Goosebumps - as in the R. L. Stine series - for older and more sophisticated young people. There's myth and magic, but there is also a warm vein of humour running through it and the characters are drawn with such skill and economy I had to go back and check if the ebook is illustrated (it's isn't). Ava manages to be both thoroughly nice and thoroughly interesting - which is a good trick to pull off - and young female readers are bound to identify with her.I liked the father and Grandma too, but it was Dad's girlfriend who leaped off the page, quirky, uncomfortable with children, self-absorbed and very real, the author proves that she doesn't deal in stereotypes. There has to be more adventures for Ava and a big readership.
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Great fun - a bit of Welsh magic and a lot of thrills as successful adult novelist Norma Curtis turns her talents to the YA market. I think the brilliant heroine, Ava Jones, deserves a whole series to herself!
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Even if it is not a proper word, that's what Ava Jones is! Un-put-down-able! It's a great story which doesn't patronise it's young readers; well researched, intriguing and totally beguiling. I love Ava and Tal - feisty and well matched - and the baddies are proper baddies... Caroline is great - she doesn't try to be a replacement Mum and she treats Ava as a grown up and what young person would complain about that? The clues are well laid and the hooks always picked up on. The pace is good, the action exciting and ingenious and the resolution works well. I also love that the action shifts from Wales to London. I can't wait to see what these two get up to next time.
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Norma Curtis's YA book, Holy Bones and Ava Jones is so compelling that I had to read the whole story in one go - abandoning all else!
A skilled crafting of fact and fiction, thrills and humour and a very real heroine, I am in whole-hearted agreement with P Ashley, yes - the brilliant heroine Ava Jones does deserve a whole series to herself! I too wanted more.

I would recommend this book to young adults and to adults alike - the story is so very readable. Well done, Norma!
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This is a great read – fast-paced and a real page-turner. Once started, you do not want to put this book down. It's a clever mix of Celtic lore – the search for the magical, head of Bran, with its awesome powers of protection against evil – and modern storytelling. The whole is brought vividly to life through the author's effortlessly flowing prose, a skill so polished it conceals its own artistry. The book is full of wry humour that works on all levels, with some comic set-pieces that bear comparison to the best of 'Father Ted.' And there is a great cast of highly-differentiated characters. Every reader will have his or her own favourite. Mine is Caroline, the hapless townie, spoilt and uncomprehending in the midst of magic. In the end, Ava – argumentative for all the right reasons – wins the day. Go, Ava!
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This is the sort of story that keeps you awake far later than your parents would like. A real page turner that you just can't put down. What starts as a very personal story - Ava wanting the people she loves to be back together and well - quickly becomes a battle with some very believable - and pretty nasty - bad guys to save much more than Ava's family.

The characters are wonderfully drawn, the tension is ratcheted up slowly but constantly, and the twists are exciting enough to have any junior reader reaching for the torch to could continue reading after lights out.

It's a brilliant read, with a fun premise, and an exciting finale, and the promise (I hope) of more to come from Ava and co. If Dan Brown wrote Junior fiction, this is exactly what he'd be writing.
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One of the funniest and cleverest books I've read. Read it in literally about two sittings because I didn't want to stop reading! Not just another average teenage book- it has such an original storyline which really hooked me. Unbelievably readable - I wish there was another one!!
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I bought Holy Bones and Ava Jones for my daughter after reading the reviews. I thought I should read at least the first few pages just to check it out. Well, at three am I finally put the book down after reading it all the way through in one sitting. It's a riveting story about life, longing and Druids., When Ava hears a secret that changes her life and draws her into a dangerous, mysterious adventure you want to keep reading to discover how things are going to pan out. And there's just something about the Welsh too. My daughter has just stared reading it and she's already hooked. I can't wait for the next book. There will be one, won't there?
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