Sometimes you read a book that is so magical, it transports you out of the real world for a short while. The Spell of Pencliff is one of those such books. I bought it for my daughter but had a quick peep at the first page. I was hooked and read it all in one sitting. This has all the perfect ingredients of a children’s story, but grown-ups, you’re going to love it too. It brought to mind all of my favourite childhood books.
The main character Claudia is a great role model for young children, caring and compassionate, yet feisty and adventurous. She was the perfect choice to take on a time-travelling magical adventure and I loved her feline companion Sekora. In fact, all of the characters were great and had some fantastic names. The story is easy enough for tweens to follow but full of enough well written twists to keep you engrossed. I was kept guessing throughout, carried along as the suspense built and secrets were revealed.
The short chapters are an ideal length to read a chapter a night as a bedtime story but you’re going to want to keep reading to the end – be warned. I’m looking forward to sharing this book with my children, I know they’re going to enjoy it as much as I did. I also can’t wait for the next book in what is going to be an amazing series.
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