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Children’s Book Committee – September Pick

September 2, 2016


by Judith Russell
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016)

In Victorian England, murder, a nefarious professor, and a magical bottle turn Stella’s boring life with three eccentric aunts topsy-turvy. Ink and digital drawings.

Our Young Reviewer says:

This book is special because of the many plot twists that take place throughout the story. My favorite aspect of this book ties greatly into what makes it unique. I like the way the author puts a lull in the excitement right before an important event like the main character discovering a new piece of information or the criminal being apprehended.

There are illustrations scattered throughout this story. I greatly enjoyed them. When they appeared it was to emphasize critical or key points. They also helped me imagine the vague points.

– Sirena, 12, Jeffersonville, VT

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