year old Alex moves with his mum to an old American town to live in 'The
Black House' he is full of trepidation. Moving from England and
attending a new school are just the beginning of his adventures. Soon he
finds a great group of friends to share with him the mysterious
happenings in his new home, leading to time travel and ancestral
revelations. This is a tightly plotted and fast paced read. There are
historical facts entwined with revealing passages of realism which
older children will enjoy. Dead bodies, danger, skulls, and scary
This is an absolutely terrific book. Whilst it had me totally into it
by chapter two, the writing and storyline just got better and better. I
loved the way that historical facts threaded through the story so
naturally and interestingly. The pace was splendidly timed. The setting
of the black house, I could see as if it were a movie. The characters of
a Famous Five ilk but in modern day, so they had a great deal of depth
and divulged much of what it's like to be 12, 13 year old kids. The
mother of Alex was not the cliched mother in a mystery book, but a solid
character. Great twists with the dark stranger's identity that I won't
divulge here. Also, the English-meet-American cultural differences are
always a joy to read. I could go on, but just to say that this is a very
good book. Well done, Simon Hartwell. I highly recommend your book.
Perfect for Bedtime Reading or your child's FIRST Chapter book.
O'Brien twins; Lisa and Tina, together with their younger brother, Ben,
create the O'Brien's Detective Agency and piece together the clues to
find their neighbour's missing cat. By chance, they stumble upon a clue
to a bigger mystery, a series of robberies and the O'Brien Detectives
are on the case.
A perfect family adventure for the younger
reader. A fast pace mystery with solvable clues to keep them reading, or
enjoy having it read to them, as you solve the case together.
Just 15,000 words from beginning to end, The O'Brien's Detective Agency is a great FIRST Chapter Book for your son or daughter.
THE LIBRARY: AUGUSTUS An Adventure Story for Boys and Girls aged 7 upwards
The Black House is haunted by the shades of men and women trapped inside
But what brought the House and the Library to life? What happened to Augustus and where is the Confederate Treasure? Alex and his friends risk becoming trapped in time as they seek to release more of the ghosts that inhabit the Black House and discover the truth behind the Legend of the missing Confederate Gold. Colditz, Pompeii, The Hindenburg, a Treasure Hunt, a fight for their very souls and a Birthday party.
Alex and his friends face all this and more in this thrilling adventure.
Every small town in America has a house that is, well, creepy, spooky, scary even, and Alex Powell inherited such a house in the small town of Danville USA.
‘What wrong with this house,’ said Alex, ‘apart from being old?’
‘Once you go in, you never come out,’ said Katie.
‘Never a scream, never a shout,’ said Lucy.
‘Never heard again or seen about,’ said Chuck.
Arriving late the day before, and no time to explore the house, Alex goes to his new school hoping to make friends for the Summer Holidays. Chuck, Chip, Katie and Lucy chase Alex, not to bully him, as he believes, but to warn him about the dangers of the Black House and a new friendship begins.
Alex invites them to look around his new home and together they explore the old creaky house and discover the Library, a room that sits in the middle of the house and reaches from the bottom, all the way to the top, crammed full of books.
Lucy tells Alex all about the origins of the Black House and the legend of the lost Confederate Treasury buried in a graveyard under his house. Katie and his friends’ believe it’s not safe for Alex to remain in the Black House and invite him for a sleepover. They realise there is another stranger in town looking for the treasure and worse, Alex’s mum is missing. Unwilling to wait until morning Alex and his friends return to the Black House and the Library, to discover a book on the desk and their adventure begins.
The Demon Hunters: JACK
For over a century the identity of Jack the Ripper has been a mystery.
Father Shaun and Sister Adriana travel back in time believing a Demon
lies at the source of the evil that pervaded Whitechapel and terrified
London in 1888. But who is the Ripper and is he possessed or just a cold blooded killer?
I am currently editing my latest Novella - The Demon Hunters - Whitechapel where are duo Father Shaun and Sister Adriana arrive in London England 1888, the time of the infamous mass murder JACK THE RIPPER!
AND for all you Quentin fans, I have started his latest adventure - Quentin James 's Fifth Year at Edgewater, where he makes two new friends Alex and Samantha and gets up to more mischief and pranks.