Title: Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes
Author: Paula Harrison
Published: September 1st 2016
Genre: Middle Grade
Length: 240 pages
Source: Paperback from publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
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…
I’ve really gotten into my middle grade fiction recently. There’s been some excellent new releases this year and I wish I had the chance to read all of them, but sadly there’s just not enough time in the day. I did get the opportunity to read Robyn Silver and it was one of those books that just makes you wish you were a child again.
Robyn is the middle child in her family. With two brothers and two sisters, she often feels lost in the shadows of the others. Only noticed by her family when she has one of her typical Robyn-shaped disasters, she finds herself wishing there was something special about her, something to make her stand out. Well, her wish comes true. But it’s also true what they say about being careful what you wish for. Robyn can’t share her new power with her family, so she must battle the new creatures that only she can see without their help.
There was just so much to love about this story, starting with the beautiful illustrations that started every chapter. Robyn’s family are a chaotic bunch and full of life, with their own personalities even if they don’t feature too much in the story itself.
When a mysterious accident at their school forces the children to study at Grimdean Manor – where the owner is less than happy with the situation – Robyn discovers that her best friend can also see the strange creatures that have been plaguing her. I loved that they had this connection, even if it was a little convenient.
As the children discover that they are actually special because of the time of their birth, they begin their training to defeat the monsters and keep their town safe. I felt like a lot was packed into such a short story and I was barely keeping up! We had the kids heading off to a marsh to fight monsters after a few lessons, being introduced to all kinds of creatures, there was the obviously richer counterparts to their team that had all the latest gadgets and liked to flaunt it, and then suddenly there was that mysterious shadow that could move on its own.
With so much going on, this is a breakneck adventure that doesn’t let up! Robyn and her friends each have something special to bring to the team and I’m excited to see where this series goes. With such an explosive introduction to Robyn and her new ability, I can only imagine even bigger and better adventures ahead.
An exciting ride for children of all ages, Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes is an adventure not to be missed this spooky season!
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