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The Midnight Hour Reviews

The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read, Laura Trinder

The Midnight Hour

Benjamin Read, Laura Trinder

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Chicken House Ltd
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Publication date: 7 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781911490906

Emily longs to be ordinary, but when her parents disappear, she stumbles into the secret, spooky world of the Midnight Hour. There's only one way she can rescue her parents: she must find the courage to embrace her magic ...

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
24 Feb 2019

"It is great fun."

The best thing about the book is that Emily reacts to everything like a gobby modern girl — sarcastic, incredulous, defiant — and her meetings with allies and villains can be laugh-out-loud funny. It adds to the tradition of quests in magical worlds, with its larger-than-life characters of an Irish family, a library as a seat of power, satire of many kinds, and a youthful policeman with pointed ears behaving like an idiot while trying to prove himself. It is great fun. 


5 stars out of 5

"pure delight"

...The Midnight Hour (Chicken House), from storytelling partners Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder, features bold Emily, who’s lost both parents somewhere in the Midnight Hour, a dark Victorian London suspended for ever in time and inhabited by the mysterious Night Folk. As she encounters an embodied Library, a policeman with superpowers and an appalling predator, Emily grapples with what it may cost to find and save her family. Anarchic humour, rich imagination and poetic writing, interspersed with elegant line drawings, add up to pure delight – with a stowaway hedgehog as a bonus.