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Twelve Minutes to Midnight by [Edge, Christopher]
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Length: 259 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 7 - 9

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"Edge successfully delivers his own penny dreadful in the riveting style of a Victorian mystery. Original, chilling, atmospheric mystery with a heroine of remarkable mettle." Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2014

"Debut author Edge has created an excellent mystery in a league with Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus, Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart, and Eleanor Updale's Montgomery series." starred review, Booklist, February 15, 2014

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Penelope Tredwell, author, editor, and sole proprietor of The Penny Dreadful, Victorian London's bestselling magazine, is called on to solve the mystery of a strange phenomenon occurring in a madhouse.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857630504
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZPNWH2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a really good, atmospheric thriller aimed at the 10+ market. I found that I was drawn into the story really quickly, it’s written in such a way that you find yourself completely swept up by it. The Victorian setting, complete with gaslights and a public taste for ghost stories, works so well and really adds to the reading experience.

I really loved Penny, the lead character. She’s brilliant and plucky, and really smart. I found myself really rooting for her. The villains are well thought out, they could easily have felt like tired, pantomime characters but they’re written carefully to avoid this.

The book whips along really well, there’s no filler – everything contributes to the plot. I was a little unsure when it looked like everything was getting resolved partway through the book but delighted in the way the plot continued to develop. A really enjoyable read.
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Suitable for a good reader 9+, this is an interesting story set in 1899 at the turn of the century, centred around Penny Tredwell, author and owner of the Penny Dreadful. Initially she's trying to promote the works of Montgomery Flinch, a writer in her paper, and this brings her in to contact with the Spider Woman - Lady Cambridge and the inmates of Bedlam. Why are the inmates writing reams of paper at 12 minutes to midnight and what do these strange fortellings mean when they talk about flying birds, sinking ships, men on the moon and strange mechanical machines? It all has something to do with LAdy Cambridge and her spiders, but can she find the answers and put a stop to it before the new century dawns? Fairly quick paced, easy enough to read and a new angle on a mystery story.
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This was a gift for my grandaughter who is 11. Although she is a very capable reader I did not want her reading fiction that was
beyond her. This was also a different genre for her and it made a change to see her reading something different rather than her preferred author.The feedback I received back was that "it was a very good read, pacey and interesting. and could I fined any ore like this!" A hit I think!
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight is the first in a series of books about Penelope Tredwell, thirteen year old proprietor and writer for The Penny Dreadful - a monthly periodical she's made so successful since her father's death that it's now outselling The Strand.

In this tale, Penelope's alter-ego Montgomery Flinch is requested to help a baffling mystery at Bethlem Royal Hospital - the notorious Bedlam. Fortunately for Penny, she has already hired actor Monty Maples to `play' Montgomery Flinch, as she's desperate to solve the mystery for her next story. Unfortunately for her, Monty is terrified of almost everything so she doesn't get to find out as much as she needs from the haunted inhabitants at Bedlam. Every night, at twelve minutes to midnight, every Bedlam patient is compelled to write and write. Words of madness believe the Superintendent but Penelope is sure there is truth in them...

The first 100-or-so pages set up the characters and plot and are relatively slow-paced. Relatively compared to the second half of the book when as soon as we're introduced to the mysterious widow, Lady Cambridge, things start happening in speedy succession. Lady Cambridge's creepy research subjects are still making my skin itch a day after finishing this book; and the world of Penny, Alfie, Monty and Mr Wigram are somewhere that the reader will almost certainly feel compelled to revisit.

Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an intriguing mix of historical, alternate history, mystery, horror and paranormal novel with a strong female lead and decent supporting cast. Penny is probably a little too brilliant to be believable, but not in an overly irritating way. I also wasn't convinced by some elements of the dream-based finale but I am not the target audience!
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Even as an adult reader I appreciated the descriptive skills used to bring Victorian London to life, especially beautiful descriptions of museums and details. A fun quick read with a fresh storyline - could easily see this as an enjoyable film in the future
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By Paige on 25 Aug. 2014
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I loved this book read it in half a day also loved the sequel shadows of the silver screen. Great books packed with fast paced adventure and spine tingling mystery that will give your goosebumps, goosebumps. Once you pick it up you can't put it down.
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Mixed good story but I didn't always enjoy the language which made it a slight chore to read. Definately good on the creep factor.
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Perfect for younger teenage readers this is an exciting gallop through the streets of London on the verge of the 20th Century. Mysteries abound, strange dreams foretell things to come and spiders creep scarily. An enthralling story expertly told!
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