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PDF Ï BOOK The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle FREE Ñ ❰Read❯ ➪ The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle Author Janet Fox – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Something is not right at Rookskill Castle a rundown Scottish manor shrouded in mystery The castle is a temporary boarding school for children escapiSomething is not right at Rookskill Castle a rundown Scottish manor shrouded in mystery The castle is a temporary boarding school for children escaping the Blitz but soon it? Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend It is 1940 Kat and her siblings are sent to Rookskill Castle to escape the London Blitz Rookskill Castle is a labyrinthine structure housing several children and many secrets When children start disappearing one by one Kat is forced to unearth Rookskill's hidden truths before she and all of the other children disappear forever The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle has enormous potential The cover is enticing the title is alluring and the premise implies a merging of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with the Pevensies children from The Chronicles of Narnia but the book fails to impress with every turn of the page The writing isn't necessarily bad; in fact the descriptions of the castle are enchanting The castle loomed out of the fog at the end of the winding lane after what seemed an age Kat sat up straight and Peter let out a low whistle It was much bigger than the picture had made it seem a real castle with many turrets rising up through the gloom bit by bit and it did look the sort of place that would house ghosts It's the number of awkward plot devices employed that makes this book an unsatisfying readTo begin with the meaning of a scene is often explicitly explained for the reader even when the meaning is already implied Did I ever tell you about my dog Dodger?That you left behind in America? He nodded I knew I had to leave him So I stopped playing with him stopped walking him I just gave up I let him go gave him to another family long before we left for England I'm so sorryThere was no use trying to keep him That's the way I feel right now Kind of helpless Like I want to give up Peter rubbed his eyes his back to her I wish Well no use is it? I don't even know why I told you thatThe room filled with the sound of the crackling fire We can't give up Kat said her voice uiet That's why you told me about DodgerSeveral scenes include the children embarking on a mini adventure with a particular goal in mind These adventures crop up as though someone is telling the story off the cuff and saying And then And then And then On every adventure the children face an unexpected hurdle which distracts from their original goal These hurdles are too conveniently overcome and once bypassed the children seem to forget what they set out to do in the first place They head back home and make no further mention of their unfinished adventure Occasionally the means by which the children overcome these hurdles feel ill suited to a middle grade novel such as twelve year old Kat fending off a pack of wolves by uoting Plato 'As' sentences a point of personal annoyance are used to absolute excess As they wove through the garden now they passed the small pond where Kat had seen the girl The pond was dry A little tickle ran up Kat's arm as she thought of the girl's invisible fishes As they entered the allée they turned back to look at the castle Even the structure of the book is cumbersome Because the book sometimes shifts to the perspective of other characters the story becomes repetitive with the same incident described from multiple points of view Time shifts forward and backward throughout the book between 1746 and 1940 It's not always clear when time has shifted at the start of a chapter making for a sometimes disorienting read Also related to structure one of the book's weakest features is the choice to introduce the villain so early in the story along with an explanation of how the villain operates It then comes as no surprise when children slowly disappear throughout the book The main protagonist may not understand what's happening or why but the reader already does so there's no intrigue no mystery and no motivation to keep reading Two of the book's subplots resolve themselves with the snap of a finger Again these instances are far too convenient The resolution to these subplots simply fall in the protagonist's lap so there's no sense of payoff or accomplishment because she didn't have to earn anything or work for a solution The book's most offensive folly has to do with one of the biggest 'reveal' moments in the story which is totally reliant on one of the children not knowing the first name of their own father This would be understandable if the child didn't know their father but that's not the case in this novel The child has a very close relationship with their father It's uite possible the father's name was replaced with a code name after all the book does take place during World War II but whether or not the name is a code is never clarified With a dank castle a magical mystery and rumors of ghosts The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle has all the right ingredients for a fantastic Gothic fairy tale but too many writing blunders result in a clunky disappointing book

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E’s temporary boarding school begin disappearing one by one it’s a race against the clock for twelve year old Kat Bateson her two younger siblings and their new best frien Creepy perhaps a bit too creepy for younger readers and a little about why the children were sent away American readers won't know about the Blitz and child evacuations Beyond that what happens to the children all of them at Rookskill and how they react is a great blend of realism rebelling against an older sibling and fantasy Lady Eleanor's plans for themARC provided by publisher

Janet Fox ¼ The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle PDF

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle?s clear there is something terribly wrong There are clues hinting that a spy is in the house and there are undeniable signs of a sinister magic When the children in the castl Wow This was really different It was both a story about evacuees from London during the Blitz and a story about black magic and even had a bit of a steampunk element going on There are witches and spies and ghostly visions I was not expecting a lot of this book nor could I guess the motives of most of the adults It really kept me on my toes But I started to feel like with so much going on that there wasn't enough time to go in depth into various subplots not to mention the characters I was never sure how old any of the children were and several of them veered wildly between acting like they were about 7 or 8 and then suddenly being teens or at least tweens I got several of the children mixed up regularly and also several of the adults because there wasn't a clear description of them physically and they seemed a bit interchangeable character wise There's also some thing that happens in this story that creeeeeeped me out and continued to creep me out after it ended I wouldn't give this book to a younger middle grade reader because of this It was very scary at the end and that one thing was just too disturbing for me

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