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Stella, eleven, gets her dreamed-of adventure when something she should not have seen in the damp, dull hotel where she lives with three dreadful aunts on a cliff above Withering-by-Sea sends her on the run from stage magician Professor Starke and his thugs, eluding danger, making new friends, and facing questions about herself.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ©2016
ISBN: 9781481443678
Branch Call Number: ROSSELL
Characteristics: 260 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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VaughanPLDonnalee Apr 28, 2019

This is a really fun mystery thriller for children. The story begins in a delightfully spooky Victorian hotel by the sea. Stella Montgomery is an eleven year old orphan who lives a dreary life at the hotel with her awful aunts. She gets embroiled in a mystery, and soon ends up on a twisty, exciting adventure. Stella proves an intrepid, clever and very likeable heroine. I really loved the charming and detailed illustrations scattered throughout the book. Overall this was a wonderfully spooky and captivating mystery, with some fantasy elements as well. Fans of a Series of Unfortunate Events might really enjoy this intriguing book.

magiimayy Oct 02, 2017

A fun mystery! I loved all the characters and how much I got into this book.

CMLReads_Kristin Jul 26, 2016

Cute fantasy that feels like a Victorian British setting. Will appeal to fans of Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Mar 30, 2016

This is a pretty charming mashup of mystery and magic set on the Victorian English coast. Fans of Lemony Snicket and other titles involving orphans, adventures, and horrible adults will find lots to enjoy here -- here's hoping that more installments are to come!

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