How did I get it?:
I received it from Scholastic through Faye, for the blog tour. This has not affected my opinion of the book!
Life was very ordinary for
ten-year-old Robyn Silver. The often-ignored middle child in a big family, the most excitement she had was the dash to the dinner table to reach the last slice of pizza. Until… she begins to see creepy creatures around her town – creatures that are invisible to everyone else. And when her school is forced to decamp to mysterious Grimdean House and she meets its equally mysterious owner, Mr Cryptorum, Robyn finds herself catapulted headfirst into an extraordinary adventure – with more excitement than she could possibly have imagined. Be careful what you wish for…
About the author:
Paula Harrison is a best-selling children’s author, with worldwide sales of over one million copies. Her books include The Rescue Princesses series. She wanted to be a writer from a young age but spent many happy years being a primary school teacher first.
When Faye approached me to be part of the blog tour for this book, I was very excited. Reading the synopsis had me sold and I love to read children’s literature, especially because I’m about to teach the age range that this book is aimed towards. I thought Robyn Silver:The Midnight Chimes was a fun, action-packed read which I can imagine many children (and adults!) enjoying.
The Midnight Chimes centres around Robyn Silver who is the middle child in a very big family. Robyn doesn’t have much excitement in her life. However, one day she begins to see some very creepy creatures in her home. Robyn is amazed that her family can’t see what’s going on. She’s intrigued and a little scared. Her school is forced to close down one day after a very strange incident. The school moves to Grimdean House which is another mystery in itself. Robyn meets the owner, Mr Cryptorum, who is certainly a strange character. She finds out that there’s a reason why she and two other children can see the creepy creatures. The three children start to work closely with Mr Cryptorum heading into a crazy adventure involving creatures, sweets and wishes!
I was immediately drawn into Robyn’s world. I found her to be a wonderful protagonist. She was strong and engaging to read about. I loved reading about her adventures with the two others. I enjoyed reading about her interactions with her family, especially her sisters. The story itself, is well paced and easy to read. I loved the titles of the chapters which gave you a clue as to what the chapter would be like.
The Midnight Chimes is full of adventure and some wonderfully creepy creatures. I loved the glossary of creatures at the back of the book. I can imagine that many children will be quickly catapulted into the imaginative world that Paula Harrison has created.
Would I recommend it?:
Information about the Book
Release Date: 1st September 2016
Genre: MG Fantasy
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31444713-the-midnight-chimes
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1407170589