The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane, #1)
Emmy's dad disappeared years ago, and with her mother too busy to parent, she's shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England. But right before she leaves, a mysterious box arrives full of medallions and a note reading: These belonged to your father. Just as she's settling into life at Wellsworth, Emmy begins to find the strange symbols from the medallions etched into the walls and stumbles upon the school's super-secret society, The Order of Black Hollow Lane. As Emmy and her friends delve deeper into the mysteries of The Order, she can't help but wonder—did this secret society have something to do with her dad's disappearance?

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane, #1) Details

TitleThe Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 5th, 2019
PublisherSourcebooks Jabberwocky
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Mystery, Fiction, Young Adult

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane, #1) Review

  • Mila
    January 1, 1970
    The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.4,5 starsThis middle-grade debut novel really caught my attention from the very beginning. I tend to really enjoy books set in boarding schools and this one was no exception. I haven't read such a thrilling and exciting mystery novel in a while and because it's middle-grade, there weren't many distractions (e.g. love interests) from the main plot like it is often the case wit The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.4,5 starsThis middle-grade debut novel really caught my attention from the very beginning. I tend to really enjoy books set in boarding schools and this one was no exception. I haven't read such a thrilling and exciting mystery novel in a while and because it's middle-grade, there weren't many distractions (e.g. love interests) from the main plot like it is often the case with YA or adult mysteries. I also loved Emmy and her friends a lot, their friendship was a bit too instantaneous but I loved their banter and relationship overall nonetheless. There was a small historical aspect to the story as well, concerning the school building and the whole mystery plot, which added a nice touch to the book. The only small problems I had were a few tropes, like absent and neglectful parents and the horrible roommate, which irked me quite a bit but they weren't prominent enough to make my reading experience less enjoyable.I would really recommend to check out this book even if you don't like middle-grade because the mystery, in my opinion, is worth it.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Look at this cover. Now back at me. Now BACK to this cover. The cover is amazing! It gets better every time you look at it, with tiny clues and symbols around the edges of the spooky-mysterious central picture. But, you ask, is the book inside as good as the cover?Yes. Yes it is.It's a boarding school story that reminded me quite a lot of Harry Potter (though there is no magic here, but that's okay!), and a twisty mystery that made me think of National Treasure, only British. There's a lot going Look at this cover. Now back at me. Now BACK to this cover. The cover is amazing! It gets better every time you look at it, with tiny clues and symbols around the edges of the spooky-mysterious central picture. But, you ask, is the book inside as good as the cover?Yes. Yes it is.It's a boarding school story that reminded me quite a lot of Harry Potter (though there is no magic here, but that's okay!), and a twisty mystery that made me think of National Treasure, only British. There's a lot going on, and it's wonderful! Evil roommates, infuriating adults, thrilling sports, enigmatic teachers, new friendships, secret passages, arcane symbols, ancient artifacts . . . I mean, seriously, it has everything, and it's all brought together so well, and so believably! I just ADORED this book, I really did! And you will too! Next year! I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy so that I could blurb it, and I'm sorry to tease . . . okay, not that sorry! HAHAHAHA! But seriously: Next year. You'll love it.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    Ignore my usual stingy rating of three stars - I actually did really enjoy this middle grade debut. It’s a tale of mystery and intrigue, but also of friendship. 3 1/2 starsThe story follows young Emmy after her mother sends her to a boarding school in England. While there, Emmy begins to realize there may be more mysterious events happening behind the scenes, events that may even have to do with her missing father.It’s a nice balance of slightly darker elements and a humorous dynamic among Emmy Ignore my usual stingy rating of three stars - I actually did really enjoy this middle grade debut. It’s a tale of mystery and intrigue, but also of friendship. 3 1/2 starsThe story follows young Emmy after her mother sends her to a boarding school in England. While there, Emmy begins to realize there may be more mysterious events happening behind the scenes, events that may even have to do with her missing father.It’s a nice balance of slightly darker elements and a humorous dynamic among Emmy and her new friends, Lola and Jack. They make quite an adorable little friend group, and their devotion to each other was really what bumped this book up for me. The secret societies element was also quite cool and something I could do with seeing more of in media.I think there’s a lot of potential here. It does read like a debut; some elements feel a bit brushed over here and there, partially due to the fact that this book is doing a lot of legwork in terms of setting up for the series. But as of right now, I think Julia Nobel is a promising writer!While this book wasn’t anything that blew my mind, it was solid read that kept my interest. I plan to check out the sequel and hopefully follow Nobel along on her writing journey!
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I read this manuscript during Pitch Wars last year and it was FABULOUS. It blew me away and I knew right away it was The One. I can't wait to see it in its final form! It is spooky, mysterious, and absorbing, and I fell in love with the characters from page one. There are many boarding school mysteries out there, but there's something so unique and gorgeous about this one with its spunky cast, vein of family loss and longing, and eerie Gothic setting where no one can be trusted. Keep your eye on I read this manuscript during Pitch Wars last year and it was FABULOUS. It blew me away and I knew right away it was The One. I can't wait to see it in its final form! It is spooky, mysterious, and absorbing, and I fell in love with the characters from page one. There are many boarding school mysteries out there, but there's something so unique and gorgeous about this one with its spunky cast, vein of family loss and longing, and eerie Gothic setting where no one can be trusted. Keep your eye on this one!
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  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    ~*Check out all my reviews on the blog over at The Bent Bookworm!*~The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is the kind of book I would have LOVED reading as a nine or ten-year-old. It has strong, independent kids with their own unique voices, an intriguing mystery (that the adults are dead-bent on NOT being helpful with), and juuuuust enough creep factor to make a warm blanket desirable. Emmy's father disappeared when she was a toddler, and her mother is a "parenting expert" that is rarely around and e ~*Check out all my reviews on the blog over at The Bent Bookworm!*~The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is the kind of book I would have LOVED reading as a nine or ten-year-old. It has strong, independent kids with their own unique voices, an intriguing mystery (that the adults are dead-bent on NOT being helpful with), and juuuuust enough creep factor to make a warm blanket desirable. Emmy's father disappeared when she was a toddler, and her mother is a "parenting expert" that is rarely around and emotionally distant even when she's physically present. At the start of the story, Emmy is shipped off to a boarding school in England, despite having never been there in her life. Never one to remain down for long (however much her mother's actions might hurt her), she acclimates quickly, making new friends with some of the more colorful characters at the school. The mystery of Emmy's father's disappearance is a main theme, as she is (as many of us would be) desperate to find out anything about him, his life, and yes of course his disappearance. It was very intriguing to have all that thrown in with the typical school stuff (reminds me vaguely of Harry Potter here, considering the main friend group is also three people), and it seems the groundwork has been laid for future books in the series. Some questions were answered by the end, but even more were asked! I'm very eager to see when the next book will be released and what will happen to Emmy and her friends next. I did wish there had been at least ONE adult who was straight with the kids, instead of constantly blowing them off or just trying to pretend things hadn't happened. Children are smarter than we give them credit for, and often able to handle things much better than we might anticipate.4/5 stars. Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram |
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  • Sarah Collins
    January 1, 1970
    A great story and fun to read. Very Harry Potter-esq minus the magic. A mystery to solve, daring midnight escapades and likeable characters. Although the story wraps up in this book, I want more!
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusEmmeline (Emmy) has bounced around from private school to private school since her mother, a child psychology guru, has accepted different jobs. Now that her mother has a television show in development, her mother decides to ship her off to a boarding school in England! Emmy isn't given any choice, so she soon finds herself arriving mid term at Wellsworth, angering her new roommate and being forbidden from playing her beloved soccer. She also has to take Latin, and her h E ARC from Edelweiss PlusEmmeline (Emmy) has bounced around from private school to private school since her mother, a child psychology guru, has accepted different jobs. Now that her mother has a television show in development, her mother decides to ship her off to a boarding school in England! Emmy isn't given any choice, so she soon finds herself arriving mid term at Wellsworth, angering her new roommate and being forbidden from playing her beloved soccer. She also has to take Latin, and her house mother, Madame Boyd, arranges for her to join the Latin Society to get help. Emmy does at least make new friends in Lola, who is on the school football (soccer) team, and Jack, whose brother is a big wig in the Latin Society but who is not a member himself. Emmy starts to realize that her long dead father attended the school, and that the medallions she found hidden in her house might be related to the Latin Society... and that the society might not be a force for good. She lets several people know her suspicions, including school caretaker Jonas, and before long she and her friends are embroiled in a mystery that involves a lot of secret passages in old buildings as well as a growing sense of danger. Some mysteries are solved, but even more are uncovered and will be addressed in a yet-to-be titled sequel.Strengths: I will personally read ANYTHING set in a British boarding school, like Kerr's The Girl with the Glass Bird and Stevens Murder is Bad Manners. This had a sort of a National Treasure feel to it, with an evil society and various clues to its existence. The inclusion of soccer is always great, and I was glad when Emmy finally got to play. Lola and Jack are great friends, and the adults are all supportive until the turn out to have ulterior motives. Very fun, and a quick read even though it was a little longer.Weaknesses: Are the British really this mean to each other in boarding schools? Why!? Also, I'm not entirely sure that Latin is taught even in boarding schools in England anymore! But, if you have to have a secret society, I imagine that one relating to Latin is just as likely as anything else.What I really think: I do have one student who wants to read what he calls "academy books", set in schools for witchcraft, spies, etc. I think he would like this, and it did have a good mystery. I would like to know how many books are in the series-- my readership could support three, but more than that would probably gather dust.
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    The thing about reading middle grade books as an adult (who does not typically read a lot of MG outside of horror or fantasy) is that, unfortunately, it's really easy to get bored! It's nothing against this book in the slightest — in fact, I think it will go over great with my kiddos at the library, and I'll definitely be adding it to the order form for them! — it just couldn't keep my attention enough for me to justify spending my time on it right now.Thank you so much to the publisher for prov The thing about reading middle grade books as an adult (who does not typically read a lot of MG outside of horror or fantasy) is that, unfortunately, it's really easy to get bored! It's nothing against this book in the slightest — in fact, I think it will go over great with my kiddos at the library, and I'll definitely be adding it to the order form for them! — it just couldn't keep my attention enough for me to justify spending my time on it right now.Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Kales
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a Harry Potter wanna-be. Literally. I could easily do a "These Books are the Same" video on this.I understand that this book is a middle grade. But middle grade is not an excuse for lazy writing, weak plot lines and stereotypical characters. We have a trio of meddling kids, a mysterious British boarding school, a couple of teachers--some good, some bad--and a mysterious organization that have it after the main character. And the main character is surprisingly good at a sport. And th This book is a Harry Potter wanna-be. Literally. I could easily do a "These Books are the Same" video on this.I understand that this book is a middle grade. But middle grade is not an excuse for lazy writing, weak plot lines and stereotypical characters. We have a trio of meddling kids, a mysterious British boarding school, a couple of teachers--some good, some bad--and a mysterious organization that have it after the main character. And the main character is surprisingly good at a sport. And there are bullies and parents who don't care about their kids. Come on! Can we get a little more unique, please and thank you?I read plenty of middle grade last year and even one this year that I really enjoyed. But this one was just lazy. It was mysterious for the sake of being mysterious and frankly, it was boring. I'm amazed I even finished it because there was no plot until about page 140. There are plenty of other good middle grade books out there. Read those, not this one.Conclusion: No
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  • Allie
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, this was so good!! Full ReviewThis book was seriously so good, guys! By the time I started reading this, I had honestly forgotten what it was about so I went in not knowing what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised! It does take a few chapters to get into the main plot line involving the secret society, but the beginning chapters work very well for setting up the world in which this is going on, and once I started getting hints about the society, it just made me even more motivated Ah, this was so good!! Full ReviewThis book was seriously so good, guys! By the time I started reading this, I had honestly forgotten what it was about so I went in not knowing what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised! It does take a few chapters to get into the main plot line involving the secret society, but the beginning chapters work very well for setting up the world in which this is going on, and once I started getting hints about the society, it just made me even more motivated to keep reading! I really enjoyed the writing style, too! Even the fighting scenes were actually written realistically (ex. the fact that it actually hurts to punch someone, which no one seems to ever point out). When it comes to the characters, I absolutely loved them! Emmy was so relatable and Lola and Jack were some seriously awesome friends! Emmy's mother did drive me crazy, but I started understanding her more towards the end and that helped me to like her a little bit more. One of my absolute favorite characters in this book though was Barlowe! I always love the sassy ones, and I loved the way Barlowe would sass his students. Plus, the ending made me love him (and Lola's mother) even more! One of the best things about this book, though, was the fact that it kept me wondering what was going to happen from start to finish. I can usually guess plot twists pretty easily, so I'm always shocked when something happens that I was not expecting in a book, and this book had that multiple times! Especially the main plot twist toward the end; I was totally not expecting it and it was great! All-in-all, I highly recommend this amazing middle grade mystery! It just came out on March 5th, so make sure you get a copy if this sounds like something you'll like!
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  • Lana
    January 1, 1970
    The Mystery Of Black Hollow Lane is so good, I didn’t want it to end! Emmy is shipped to a boarding school in England while her mother is busy with her career. She doesn’t know much about her father, but keeps discovering mysterious pieces from his past. This book does have a Harry Potter feel to it, but it didn’t take away from the story at all. Emmy was determined to find out more about her father and with each secret she uncovers things get more intense at school, I loved the characters, the The Mystery Of Black Hollow Lane is so good, I didn’t want it to end! Emmy is shipped to a boarding school in England while her mother is busy with her career. She doesn’t know much about her father, but keeps discovering mysterious pieces from his past. This book does have a Harry Potter feel to it, but it didn’t take away from the story at all. Emmy was determined to find out more about her father and with each secret she uncovers things get more intense at school, I loved the characters, the storyline and all the mystery! So fun! I received this book in exchange for my honest review, my opinions are my own. Thank you to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for this ARC! This will be featured on my blog Tuesday January 22, [email protected]
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Interest Level: 5-8Imagine your dad disappeared ten years ago and your mom is too busy with her work to deal with you. This is Emmy's life! On her third birthday her dad went missing and is presumed dead. Her mother writes parenting books and is now starting a reality television show in which she has to go from family to family helping them with their children. Since her mom won't be around she is sending Emmy to a boarding school in England. Emmy is used to moving schools because anytime a scho Interest Level: 5-8Imagine your dad disappeared ten years ago and your mom is too busy with her work to deal with you. This is Emmy's life! On her third birthday her dad went missing and is presumed dead. Her mother writes parenting books and is now starting a reality television show in which she has to go from family to family helping them with their children. Since her mom won't be around she is sending Emmy to a boarding school in England. Emmy is used to moving schools because anytime a school drops a point, she gets pulled out for a better school, but half way around the world? Emmy's first impression of the school is not a good one when she meets her roommate, who had the room to herself until Emmy came along. These two do not hit it off and Emmy is expecting to not be accepted by everyone. She couldn't be more wrong. She very quickly makes best friends with Lola and Jack. These three become inseparable and it's a good thing because mysterious notes about Emmy's father start being left for her about her father. She soon finds out that her dad went to Wellsworth and he has a very dark past at this school. As Emmy and her friends start to investigate a secret order of men things start to become very dangerous. Will Emmy find out the mystery of her dad? Is he dead or alive? Will Emmy survive when the powers higher than her try to stop her investigation? Read this incredible book to find out what happens!!This books was absolutely amazing! It was full of mystery, suspense, and a friendship that will stop at nothing to help each other. I have mentioned in my blogs before that I am a slow reader. To say that I read this book in a 24 hour period says a lot about it. I could not put it down. The writing was magnificent!! I wanted to go to Wellsworth and become friends with these kids! Towards the end of the book I wanted to finish it so bad to find out how it ends, but at the same time I didn't want the book to end!! I am so in love with this book and I can not wait for the second book to come out!! This is a 2019 book that you can not miss!!Follow me:Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.com/Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibra...Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibr...Twitter - @laurieevans27 https://twitter.com/laurieevans27?lan...Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2...YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCulD...
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Interest Level: 5-8Imagine your dad disappeared ten years ago and your mom is too busy with her work to deal with you. This is Emmy's life! On her third birthday her dad went missing and is presumed dead. Her mother writes parenting books and is now starting a reality television show in which she has to go from family to family helping them with their children. Since her mom won't be around she is sending Emmy to a boarding school in England. Emmy is used to moving schools because anytime a scho Interest Level: 5-8Imagine your dad disappeared ten years ago and your mom is too busy with her work to deal with you. This is Emmy's life! On her third birthday her dad went missing and is presumed dead. Her mother writes parenting books and is now starting a reality television show in which she has to go from family to family helping them with their children. Since her mom won't be around she is sending Emmy to a boarding school in England. Emmy is used to moving schools because anytime a school drops a point, she gets pulled out for a better school, but half way around the world? Emmy's first impression of the school is not a good one when she meets her roommate, who had the room to herself until Emmy came along. These two do not hit it off and Emmy is expecting to not be accepted by everyone. She couldn't be more wrong. She very quickly makes best friends with Lola and Jack. These three become inseparable and it's a good thing because mysterious notes about Emmy's father start being left for her about her father. She soon finds out that her dad went to Wellsworth and he has a very dark past at this school. As Emmy and her friends start to investigate a secret order of men things start to become very dangerous. Will Emmy find out the mystery of her dad? Is he dead or alive? Will Emmy survive when the powers higher than her try to stop her investigation? Read this incredible book to find out what happens!!This books was absolutely amazing! It was full of mystery, suspense, and a friendship that will stop at nothing to help each other. I have mentioned in my blogs before that I am a slow reader. To say that I read this book in a 24 hour period says a lot about it. I could not put it down. The writing was magnificent!! I wanted to go to Wellsworth and become friends with these kids! Towards the end of the book I wanted to finish it so bad to find out how it ends, but at the same time I didn't want the book to end!! I am so in love with this book and I can not wait for the second book to come out!! This is a 2019 book that you can not miss!!
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  • Mortisha Cassavetes
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book and can't wait for the next book in the series. This story had every element I love... boarding school, friendships, mean girls and a spooky mystery to solve. The book follows Emmy, a daughter of "parenting expert mom" on TV who is very busy and decides to send her to a boarding school in England. Wellsworth School is a mystery on it's own and Emmy soon finds out her absent father used to attend the school. Emmy and her friends soon stumble on a secret society within the school I loved this book and can't wait for the next book in the series. This story had every element I love... boarding school, friendships, mean girls and a spooky mystery to solve. The book follows Emmy, a daughter of "parenting expert mom" on TV who is very busy and decides to send her to a boarding school in England. Wellsworth School is a mystery on it's own and Emmy soon finds out her absent father used to attend the school. Emmy and her friends soon stumble on a secret society within the school called The Order of The Black Hollow Lane. I do not want to go into the story more as to not spoil it but I highly recommend it and I do plan on continuing with this series.
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  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARS - This book piqued my interest with its beautiful cover and its setting - a British boarding school. Gotta love it! The mystery has an adventurous feel with its ancient relics, secret societies and hidden passageways but at the heart of the story is Emmy, a tween girl who has been dumped at the school by her overly busy mom but finds solace in two friends who don't mind digging into the mystery of Emmy's missing father. While Nobel brings her own unique story and characters, fans of Ha 3.5 STARS - This book piqued my interest with its beautiful cover and its setting - a British boarding school. Gotta love it! The mystery has an adventurous feel with its ancient relics, secret societies and hidden passageways but at the heart of the story is Emmy, a tween girl who has been dumped at the school by her overly busy mom but finds solace in two friends who don't mind digging into the mystery of Emmy's missing father. While Nobel brings her own unique story and characters, fans of Harry Potter will see its influence here in a few spots and whether this engages or distracts will depend on the reader. What will keep kids reading is wanting to know more about the secret society and the whereabouts of Emmy's father.As the first book in a new series, time is taken to set up the overall plot which left parts of the book (and some characters) feeling like they weren't given enough time. But now that the groundwork has been set for the series, I believe future books will focus more on the mystery and developing more well-rounded characters. Overall, this is an intriguing Middle School mystery with some darker elements but ultimately, it's a story about friendship and finding a place where you belong.Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Laura Fowler
    January 1, 1970
    I skimmed in the middle, mostly because SOCCER IS LIFE. Strengths: Short, to the point sentences, an interesting plot involving a secret society. A bit formulaic, even for YA-- formulaic friendships, plot advancement and methods, i.e. 'overhearing' a phone call drives the plot, and sometimes these kids are dense? Like, okay, keeping secrets from the teachers, but obviously, some of the adults are good guys and when they have to save you at the end anyway... I don't feel like the children were an I skimmed in the middle, mostly because SOCCER IS LIFE. Strengths: Short, to the point sentences, an interesting plot involving a secret society. A bit formulaic, even for YA-- formulaic friendships, plot advancement and methods, i.e. 'overhearing' a phone call drives the plot, and sometimes these kids are dense? Like, okay, keeping secrets from the teachers, but obviously, some of the adults are good guys and when they have to save you at the end anyway... I don't feel like the children were anything other than ordinary. Although the spoiled 'rich girl' roommate has complex emotions, surprsingly, and was well understood by the end. So applause there.There were two moments where I was like, "Ooo! Magical talismans! Supernatural thrills?!" And, nope. And then later, "Ooo! Time Travel! This IS getting interesting..." And, nope. A pretty straightforward, 'Who wants this box of ancient stuff and what are they going to do with it,' mystery. ...Which is explained with a villain monologue (OH. NO. YOU WENT THERE.) any villain EVER would be proud of.Well, that and I have real issues with allowing your offspring to grow up thinking you're dead when there's an entire world of people and places out there to hide amongst. 'I left you to protect you,' has never been a good reason.
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    Boarding school! Secret societies! This was totally a catnip novel for me, though it did occasionally feel like the children were way older than the eleven years old they were supposed to be. It also sometimes felt like the author was possibly overly influenced by Harry Potter, only without the magic. It was a fun, quick read, though and I raced right through it.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely a middle grade book but SO enjoyable! I mean, I feel like you can't go wrong once you send kids off to boarding school to fend for themselves and try to go against adults that keep them down.
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this one!
  • Clare O'Connor
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. Full Stop. Julia Nobel has done a great job of bringing this mystery to life, of creating fun characters who work as a team, and of creating a vibrant main character in Emmy. It's a story that keeps you guessing and, when you think you have it worked out, there is a new twist. I'm looking forward to reading the next book from this author.Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this great book
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  • Brandy
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an advanced copy of this book as a member of #bookjaunt.I found this to be a highly engaging book! I was pulled into Emmy's mystery almost right away. A young girl with a somewhat absent mother and a dad who disappeared on her third birthday...Emmy has a lot of questions and time to think about them. The plot unfolded in a timely manner, but the end left me with questions. Exactly, what a good series will do--leave you wanting more/another book! Wellsworth obviously holds many secret I was given an advanced copy of this book as a member of #bookjaunt.I found this to be a highly engaging book! I was pulled into Emmy's mystery almost right away. A young girl with a somewhat absent mother and a dad who disappeared on her third birthday...Emmy has a lot of questions and time to think about them. The plot unfolded in a timely manner, but the end left me with questions. Exactly, what a good series will do--leave you wanting more/another book! Wellsworth obviously holds many secrets, and we have so much more to learn about The Order! On sale March 2019!!!
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the curiosity of our young patrons. I loved the whole concept of the mysterious secret society and uncovering some unusual discoveries that lead to burning questions such as what happened to Emmy's dad. Our patrons as well as myself LOVE books that have some mystery to them causing the reader to think and imagine what really happened with Emmy's father and will she ever find him? Overall, we really enjoyed this book and looking forward to I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the curiosity of our young patrons. I loved the whole concept of the mysterious secret society and uncovering some unusual discoveries that lead to burning questions such as what happened to Emmy's dad. Our patrons as well as myself LOVE books that have some mystery to them causing the reader to think and imagine what really happened with Emmy's father and will she ever find him? Overall, we really enjoyed this book and looking forward to adding it to our collection. That is why we give it 5 stars!
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  • The Bookish Hooker
    January 1, 1970
    Emmy’s mother is too busy with her career as a parenting guru to actually parent. When she receives news that she will be making a new TV series, she sends Emmy to boarding school in England. Before she leaves, Emmy finds a box of mysterious medallions she believes belonged to her father, who disappeared ten years before. When Emmy arrives at school, she stumbles on a series of strange events that seem to be linked to her father and the medallions. Will she find out what happened to her father b Emmy’s mother is too busy with her career as a parenting guru to actually parent. When she receives news that she will be making a new TV series, she sends Emmy to boarding school in England. Before she leaves, Emmy finds a box of mysterious medallions she believes belonged to her father, who disappeared ten years before. When Emmy arrives at school, she stumbles on a series of strange events that seem to be linked to her father and the medallions. Will she find out what happened to her father before it’s too late?First, the cover is what grabbed my attention when I first saw this book on NetGalley. The actual book is just as amazing! I’ve read quite a bit of middle grade books and while I love them, I’m often left wanting that polish and depth that a YA or adult book has. Not so with this one. The characters were written in a way that made me feel connected to them and their stories. The boarding school setting was a little familiar due to Harry Potter, but it was written in a fresh new way. The author was descriptive enough in the scenes to really be able to picture it in my mind. This was a book that left me wanting to read the next in the series immediately, which is always a good sign. The mystery storyline was excellent and ended with an unexpected twist. Overall, I loved this book and look forward to more in the series.I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    This was loads of fun. The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane felt a little like a nonmagical Harry Potter, though it's a unique story in its own right. After one book the series definitely exhibits a lighter plot than Rowling's series, though I hope it will evolve as it progresses. The book feels age appropriate for the middle reader target audience, but there's definitely plenty here for adult readers as well. The confrontation at the end felt a bit cartoonish, and there are some elements of the boo This was loads of fun. The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane felt a little like a nonmagical Harry Potter, though it's a unique story in its own right. After one book the series definitely exhibits a lighter plot than Rowling's series, though I hope it will evolve as it progresses. The book feels age appropriate for the middle reader target audience, but there's definitely plenty here for adult readers as well. The confrontation at the end felt a bit cartoonish, and there are some elements of the book (Emmy's mother, for example), that seem to swing to wide, but I found the story otherwise exceptional. There were a few plot threads left dangling at the end, but I assume those will be resolved later in the series. Eagerly awaiting the next installment. *I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Alysa H.
    January 1, 1970
    A fun middle grade book that hits all the sweet spots, and packs in an impressive amount of character and plot complexity for its length and target readership. And who doesn’t love a good English boarding school story?As an adult I would give this 4 stars, mainly due to the denouement being a bit cartoonish compared with the rest and a handful of loose moments, but it’s still a 5 star MG read. If it’s the start of a series — as the end would have one suspect — I look forward to the next installm A fun middle grade book that hits all the sweet spots, and packs in an impressive amount of character and plot complexity for its length and target readership. And who doesn’t love a good English boarding school story?As an adult I would give this 4 stars, mainly due to the denouement being a bit cartoonish compared with the rest and a handful of loose moments, but it’s still a 5 star MG read. If it’s the start of a series — as the end would have one suspect — I look forward to the next installment.** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **
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  • Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
    January 1, 1970
    When I requested this title for review, I told the publisher that I was getting strong John Bellairs vibes from the book, with its middle grade mystery, Gorey-esque cover, and promises of secret passageways and clues hidden in medieval relics. There’s no supernatural element to the story, as in Bellairs’s work, but it still gave me the chills and intrigue I was hoping for — the mystery is fascinating, and author Julia Nobel has me eager for the next book in the series. More than anything, though When I requested this title for review, I told the publisher that I was getting strong John Bellairs vibes from the book, with its middle grade mystery, Gorey-esque cover, and promises of secret passageways and clues hidden in medieval relics. There’s no supernatural element to the story, as in Bellairs’s work, but it still gave me the chills and intrigue I was hoping for — the mystery is fascinating, and author Julia Nobel has me eager for the next book in the series. More than anything, though, it is the found family theme at the heart of The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane that makes it a book to remember.Nobel certainly isn’t the first kidlit author to explore the idea of misfits banding together or schoolmates forming the loving family they wish they had at home, but she does it with such clear-eyed empathy that it truly resonates with the reader. Emmy’s mother, a bestselling parenting expert and honorary commissioner of the Irony Police, sends her to a new school every semester or so. Emmy has long since given up on trying to make friends…after all, what’s the point if she’s going to have to say goodbye to them in a few months? When her mom ships her off to a boarding school on a different continent while she films a reality show teaching people how to be better parents — yes, really — Emmy is convinced that she will continue to be miserable and friendless, just in a different time zone. However, two students at her new school adopt her as one of their own, and they quickly become inseparable.Emmy’s initial confusion and hesitance before she realizes that, yes, Lola and Jack actually do want to be her friends, is one of the most heartbreakingly relatable things I’ve read in a long while. I remember those feelings from middle school. Heck, I remember those feelings from last week. Not all stories have a happy ending, though. Emmy has a nightmare roommate named Victoria, and when they part ways at the end of the school year, Emmy gets a glimpse into Victoria’s life that lets her understand a bit better the reasons for her coldness and awful behavior. There is no teary scene of forgiveness, though, and no friendship pact is made. It’s an impressive, nuanced scene that will ring true to young readers who know that compassion can only take you so far with people who choose to remain immune to it, but that you should remain compassionate anyway.The mystery surrounding the Order of Black Hollow Lane was every bit the delicious Gothic-castles-and-hidden-tunnels adventure that I had been expecting. Nobel weaves the clues about Emmy’s missing father and the ominous secret society that may have been the cause of his disappearance in seamlessly with the rest of the narrative. The pacing is strong, and Nobel imbues the Wellsworth grounds with such a sense of foreboding that even Emmy’s mundane activities of going to class and playing soccer generate suspense and tension.The novel stands strongly on its own, with a satisfying conclusion that resolves the main plotline and completes Emmy’s emotional arc with a contented sigh, but it also raises so many intriguing questions that I’m ready for the next book in the series. With the captivating world that Nobel has built, she has ample room to explore the remaining shadows in the sinister Order. The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is a brilliant middle grade debut full of bittersweet truths and tantalizing mysteries. Readers will care so deeply about the characters that they will gladly follow them down as many hidden tunnels as it takes to uncover all the Order’s arcane secrets.My thanks to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss+ for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun read! Although no magic was present, The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane reminded me strongly of the Harry Potter series. American twelve-year-old Emmeline "Emmy" Willick is shipped off to boarding school in remote England when her "parenting guru" mother signs up for an immersive reality TV series. But the night before she leaves home, she finds a box full of mysterious medallions hidden away in the attic of her family's Connecticut farmhouse. Why did her father leave her these relics? What a fun read! Although no magic was present, The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane reminded me strongly of the Harry Potter series. American twelve-year-old Emmeline "Emmy" Willick is shipped off to boarding school in remote England when her "parenting guru" mother signs up for an immersive reality TV series. But the night before she leaves home, she finds a box full of mysterious medallions hidden away in the attic of her family's Connecticut farmhouse. Why did her father leave her these relics? Could they explain his mysterious disappearance nearly nine years ago?Emmy tries to solve these questions over the course of the school year. Life at Wellsworth is different from the other private schools she has attended. She adjusts to the British system of houses and headmasters, learns to call soccer "football," and tries to make friends despite starting after the third year has already started. Though she starts off behind, Emmy succeeds in the classroom, on the soccer pitch, and in making fast friends with Lola and Jack.Although many publishers have tried to market books by saying it's the next version of such-and-such book, Black Hollow Lane truly feels like the Harry Potter for the next generation. At the same time, I wouldn't say that Black Hollow Lane is derivative--it reads as a refreshingly original tale. Although Wellsworth school lies in an ancient building, the setting is current and modern gizmos such as exit signs, computers, and text messages appear (appropriately) throughout. Emmy is a smart, realistic character, who struggles with missing her mother and wondering about her father's absence, enjoys sports, and tries to do the right thing.Definitely recommend to the targeted age range (8+) and for adults who enjoy YA and middle-grade fiction. I'd certainly hand a copy over to my 10-year-old niece. 4.5 stars.
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  • Susie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a page turner! It has a definite Harry Potter feel to it, without the magic. Emmy is sent to a boarding school in England as her mother commits to a grueling work schedule. Before Emmy leaves, she discovers a mysterious box that belonged to her father containing strange medallions. Feeling rejected by her mother and lamenting the loss of her father who disappeared ten years ago, Emmy feels lost and out of place, until she is befriended by Lola and Jack. But as the school year unfolds, E This was a page turner! It has a definite Harry Potter feel to it, without the magic. Emmy is sent to a boarding school in England as her mother commits to a grueling work schedule. Before Emmy leaves, she discovers a mysterious box that belonged to her father containing strange medallions. Feeling rejected by her mother and lamenting the loss of her father who disappeared ten years ago, Emmy feels lost and out of place, until she is befriended by Lola and Jack. But as the school year unfolds, Emmy pursues the truth behind the Latin society, her medallions, and her father. This is the first in a series.I really enjoyed this book and believe it will be a favorite with ages 10 and up. The plot moves along at a brisk pace, providing a vast array of characters — the horrid roommate, the supportive friends, the enigmatic teachers, and the secretive members of the Latin society. The British boarding school by the North Sea provides the perfect setting as Emmy tries to understand her missing father, her new friends, and ultimately, her place in this new world. This book solves one of the many mysteries, but there is more to be explained, but that is for the next book in this series!I received an advanced copy from Sourcebooks via NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Emmy's mother is a popular parenting expert and her busy career means that Emmy comes in a distant last in her mother's life. Emmy's wishes are brushed aside every time and the result is a series of new schools, lonely weekends and holidays and no chance to make friends. Emmy's latest challenge is a big one! This time a new TV show means she is being shipped off to boarding school in England while her mom is busy filming.Emmy's only comfort is the odd box of medallions left to her by her father Emmy's mother is a popular parenting expert and her busy career means that Emmy comes in a distant last in her mother's life. Emmy's wishes are brushed aside every time and the result is a series of new schools, lonely weekends and holidays and no chance to make friends. Emmy's latest challenge is a big one! This time a new TV show means she is being shipped off to boarding school in England while her mom is busy filming.Emmy's only comfort is the odd box of medallions left to her by her father who disappeared when Emmy was 3. The new boarding school brings a virulent room-mate, piles of homework, a mysterious society with an apparent connection to her father AND her mother has forbidden her to play soccer. It also brings two new real friends and maybe the first chance to figure out her father's mystery.So many elements I enjoyed here: boarding school, a great friendship, a spooky mystery with lots of intriguing clues and a young girl who finally learns to stands up for herself. I happily sank into this engrossing story and didn't come up for air till the last page. Can't wait for the next volume!!!!
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  • Elliot Smith
    January 1, 1970
    School is hard enough without a secret society spying on you. But it makes for a great middle grade novel in Julia Nobel's The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane. For most boarding school students in England, the worst villain they can expect to face is Latin and loneliness. Emmy Willick has to cope with those and unraveling the mystery left by her missing father. Every clue she deciphers brings her closer to the truth but drags her deeper into a conspiracy stretching back centuries. By cleverly inter School is hard enough without a secret society spying on you. But it makes for a great middle grade novel in Julia Nobel's The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane. For most boarding school students in England, the worst villain they can expect to face is Latin and loneliness. Emmy Willick has to cope with those and unraveling the mystery left by her missing father. Every clue she deciphers brings her closer to the truth but drags her deeper into a conspiracy stretching back centuries. By cleverly intertwining history into the narrative, Julia Nobel has crafted a page-turning mystery with villains and a secret society that could plausibly exist facing off with a main cast whose true-to-life interactions make them feel real. In addition, Nobel artfully walks the line of leaving enough clues to reward readers who want to predict what comes next without leaving so many that the answer is obvious or so few that the truth comes out of nowhere. Altogether, The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is a memorable middle grade novel that will earn Julia Nobel and the mystery genre many new fans.
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