SOURCE: Received for review from the author.
When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour’s small dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through?
Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound – and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake. Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified? And whose are those children’s voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods?
Stella and Tom soon discover that they have travelled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies and, before long, find themselves in deeper trouble than they ever could have imagined.
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1: The Gardener): Tom's face felt so hot he was sure it was about to explode.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS (Page 96): Her youthful spirit had never left her, it had simply got buried as she had grown older.
MY THOUGHTS: One of those rare books that I'm confident will appeal equally to both boys and girls. Though aimed at the eight to eleven year old market whilst The Secret Lake is ideal for the more confident reader to read alone it is also perfect as a story to be shared at bedtime or indeed any other time.
Part mystery, part thriller. A tale of friendship, of discovery, of oddly behaved moles, The Secret Lake is the magical, enchanting and surprisingly moving story of what happens when two children (brother and sister, Tom and Stella) happen upon a time travel tunnel.
Cleverly written in that at the same time as being a very up to date read - I loved the contrast between Stella and Tom and their twentieth century counterparts - the author also managed a nostalgic feel to the book that took me back to my childhood.
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