Sometimes you read a book that is so magical, it transports you out of the real world for a short while. The Spell of Pencliff is one of those such books. I bought it for my daughter but had a quick peep at the first page. I was hooked and read it all in one sitting. This has all the perfect ingredients of a children's story, but grown-ups, you're going to love it too. It brought to mind all of my favourite childhood books.
The main character Claudia is a great role model for young children, caring and compassionate, yet feisty and adventurous. She was the perfect choice to take on a time-travelling magical adventure and I loved her feline companion Sekora. In fact, all of the characters were great and had some fantastic names. The story is easy enough for tweens to follow but full of enough well written twists to keep you engrossed. I was kept guessing throughout, carried along as the suspense built and secrets were revealed.
The short chapters are an ideal length to read a chapter a night as a bedtime story but you're going to want to keep reading to the end - be warned. I'm looking forward to sharing this book with my children, I know they're going to enjoy it as much as I did. I also can't wait for the next book in what is going to be an amazing series.
Oh wow and wow again. Having read my Harry Potter books so many times I just can't read them any more I was well ready for a bit more magic and enchantment and I found it with this book. Whether you are a young adult or a young pensioner believe me you will love this book. It is wonderfully written and hard to put down. My grandchild is only 5 years old but I sat him on my knee and began to read. He is loving it. Highly recommend it whatever your age.
Any young person or adult, for that matter, would love this fast-moving tale of magic and time travel. I just had to find out if Claudia can indeed save Daisy from the gallows. One of the best books I have read in a long time.
I read this book with my son and it felt like we were with Claudia for every step of her mystical adventure. The characters were fantastic and we loved the town of Pencliff, as creepy as it was! We cannot wait for Claudia's next brave adventure through the grandfather clock.