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Secret of the Sirens: Book One of the Companions Quartet Hardcover – 2 Mar 2006

4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 401 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (2 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192754564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192754561
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 599,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The sparkling start of a new quartet. A fantastic array of children, adults, animals and strange and magical beasts battle the evil shapeshifter Kullervo, who wants to destroy the planet . . .

About the Author

Julia Golding lives in Oxford, England. Her first book, The Diamond of Drury Lane, won the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize and the Ottakar’s Children’s Book Prize in England. Visit the world of The Companions Quartet and find out more about protecting animals and the environment at: www.companionsclub.co.uk and www.juliagolding.com.
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Format: Hardcover
I knew from the moment I opened "the secret of the sirens" that it was going to be on of those books that really grips you. And I was right, It was wonderful.

The storyline of the book begins with the main character, Connie, playing with and talking to the birds, and ofcourse this is a rather peculiar beginning, I know, but it still gripping.

As the story goes on the plot deepens into a twist of magic and mystery.

I rated this book 5/5 ecause the story is so brilliant you simply have to read it. i would strongly advise this book so just buy it and read it!!!!!!!!

jenii, age 10
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I was impressed with this book. There was a confidence to the narrative that quite gripped this cynical adult reader. Yes, the conflict between 'progress' as demonstrated by a suitably empty-eyed human villain and environmental issues are not new, but the way it is interwoven with the fantasy plot is well done.

It is good to see characters that appear to be three-dimensional': so often in books written for children there is an assumption that 2-D characters are sufficient that it is a pleasure to come across a book where the characters are quite convincing.

The good versus evil, while not new, has some interesting twists - sirens are probably considered evil, yet here, they are given quite human-like emotions. The Trustees are the ones I would like to meet, human and Myth. The treatment of the mythical animals is so in keeping the reader finds it easy to step beyond into that which is possible.

However, the website fizzled out . . .

I will be reading the others in the sequence.
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Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful adventure story. Set in the modern-day world, but with mythological creatures hiding in every wood and stream, this is an incredibly appealing idea with a wonderful heroine, Connie, who can communicate with all animals and mythological creatures. A lovely, lovely book. And the first of a series too - can't wait for the next one!
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Format: Paperback
I'm a huge fan of the pencil sketch at the start of every chapter - it's one of my favourite aspects of Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series - so when I opened up this book and saw the first pencil sketch I was immediately inclined to like it and I have to say the actual words in the book didn't dim my inclination at any point. In fact, they enhanced it. What I particularly like about Julia Golding's writing is that it's peppered with beautiful turns of phrase and wonderfully original metaphors. Just when you think the writing might be dipping into the average a little thrill runs up your spine and tingles in your brain when you discover a new way to express something, like an antidote to the cliché.

The pace of Secret of the Sirens is not as fast as an all guns blazing action thriller but it doesn't need to be because this is a mystery and the pace is just right to keep you wanting more without giving everything away too quickly. I have to compliment the dialogue too as it's not the sort that just pads out a story, it's the sort that moves the plot along efficiently so you're hanging on to what each character is saying as it's all relevant. The only complaint I really have is that I spent the entire book scratching my head and trying to work out how old the children were. I'm the kind of reader that likes to be told explicitly on the first page how old the lead characters are so I know how they should be thinking and feeling but by the last page of Secret of the Sirens I still couldn't tell you for sure. By the nature of the dialogue and the way they acted, I had guessed they were about thirteen or fourteen but then when I saw the school they were going to was called Hescombe Primary School that threw me into a spin of confusion as they couldn't be older than ten or eleven.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is the most excellent book I have ever read. I recommend you buy it. Anyone should love it. It is about a girl who can talk to animals and finds a talent which is more amazing than anything she could imagine. I can't tell any more. Just read on. You get absorbed in it.
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'Secret of the Sirens'by Julia Golding really gripped me from the moment I openened it. It is the first of the 'Companions Quartet' sries, with such a new and inventive styleso different to many fantasy adventure novels on he shelves today.
The imaginative plot sparks interest immediately, whilst not ever giving away too much in one go.
Sent to live with her eccentric but kindly aunt after causing trouble at home, Connie just can't help the fact that animals seem to follow her everywhere she goes. When she is spotted having fun with the fauna of the seaside, her aunt invites her to join the Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures. Connie finds out that she has special powers and could help protect the habitat of the sirens, which pollution is slowly destroying.
However, unexpected implications lead to a disastrous twist in which Connie meets the evil Kullervo and the Kraken enters the scene...
This is Julia Golding's first novel for children and fom the acclaim she has recieved so far, she needs to write more and more!
If you're into fantasy adventure stories with a twiist, you will not be able to put down 'Secret of the Sirens'!
Reviewed by Patricia Gregory
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