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The Tunnels Below by Nadine Wild-Palmer, Ellen Shi

The Tunnels Below

Nadine Wild-Palmer, Ellen Shi

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Pushkin Children's Books
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Publication date: 25 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781782692232

On her twelfth birthday Cecilia goes out with her parents and sister to celebrate with a visit to a museum. On their way Cecilia drops the marble that her sister gave her as a present, and running to pick it up she is taken away on an empty underground train into a dark and deep tunnel.

4 stars out of 5
5 May 2019

"a zippy and captivating read"

The Tunnels Below is a zippy and captivating read, full of cliffhanger chapter endings and inventive fantasy elements. Reminiscent of Alice's adventures in Wonderland, Cecilia is pulled into a dreamlike world, with quirky twists and turns around every corner. Nadine Wild-Palmer's imagination is big and surprising and a joy to enter. 

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
4 May 2019

"a tremendous imagination"

This is an impressive debut by Nadine Wild-Palmer, usually heard on Channel 4 in her day job as a continuity announcer. She has a tremendous imagination — I loved meeting the weird and wonderful creatures in this fantasy land. Sure, her writing still feels rather raw in places and needs a good prune, but her ideas cut deep and I look forward to going on her next adventure.

4 stars out of 5
4 May 2019

"an impressive debut"

It’s hugely imaginative, and Wild-Palmer manages to keep the plot moving alongside intriguing descriptions of bizarre, quirky characters and customs. A message about the importance of standing up to oppression is delivered with a light touch and this is a fresh, original and enjoyable addition to the canon of hidden-world adventures.