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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

por Julia Nobel

Séries: Black Hollow Lane (1)

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The first in an exciting new mystery series, this suspenseful debut brings readers on a journey filled with secrets, mystery, and unforgettable characters. With a dad who disappeared years ago and a mother who's a bit too busy to parent, Emmy is shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England, where she's sure she won't fit in. But then she finds a box of mysterious medallions in the attic of her home--medallions that belonged to her father. Her father who may have gone to Wellsworth. When she arrives at school, she finds the strange symbols from the medallions etched into walls and books, which leads Emmy and her new friends, Jack and Lola, to Wellsworth's secret society: The Order of Black Hollow Lane. Emmy can't help but think that the society had something to do with her dad's disappearance, and that there may be more than just dark secrets in the halls of Wellsworth... Black Hollow Lane Series: The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Book 1) The Secret of White Stone Gate (Book 2)… (mais)
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When Emmeline Willick's mother, a well-known American parenting expert, gets a job on a television show, leaving her little time to spend with her own daughter, Emmy is shipped off to boarding school in England. Once there, at the prestigious co-educational Wellsworth School, she confronts all of the usual challenges facing a new girl at school: struggling to find her feet socially, to come to terms with her difficult roommate, and to catch up with her studies. Emmy ends up making good friends with Lola Boyd and Jack Galt, two other students in her year, and joins the football (soccer) team. She also joins the Latin Club, at the insistence of her housemistress, and soon finds herself caught up in an extraordinary mystery involving her own father, who went missing years ago, on her third birthday. It turns out that Thomas Allyn was also once a student at Wellsworth, and a member of the sinister Order of Black Hollow Lane. As Emmy searches for answers to her long-held questions about her father's disappearance, she involves herself and her friends in a dangerous quest...

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane has a number of elements - the school story setting, the mystery involving a secret society, the small band of loyal friends - that I find appealing, so when I saw an online friend reviewing it, I immediately sought it out. Insofar as I am influenced by such things as cover art, I found the decorative dust-jacket lovely, and was drawn in by that as well. Oddly enough, despite every expectation to the contrary, I couldn't become involved in the story, the first time I tried to read it, and had to set it aside. I suspect that it was just poor timing, because when picked it up again a few days ago, I read it speedily, and with enjoyment. I had my suspicions throughout, thinking that Master Barlowe was secretly a villain, but I turned out to be mistaken. I was looking for an unlikely adversary, but I didn't land on the correct character, which I appreciated. I like my mysteries to have a few surprises! It's clear that author Julia Nobel, who made her debut here, was influenced by the Harry Potter series. Although not fantastical, some of the other elements here - coming to a school you didn't know existed, where the parent(s) you never knew also attended, becoming part of a close-knit trio of friends, getting involved in a conflict with sinister forces - were very reminiscent of Rowling's books. Even the concluding chapters, in which the three friends descend into a subterranean world underneath the school, in order to confront the villain, felt similar.

Despite my rocky start, I definitely enjoyed this one - thanks for bringing it to my attention, Constance! - and will be seeking out the sequel, The Secret of White Stone Gate. Recommended to school story lovers, and to reader who enjoy middle-grade mysteries. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 21, 2020 |
The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is a 2020 Lone Star novel

Because her mother's job takes all of her time, Emmy's mother sends her to a prestigious boarding school in England. It has to look good because her mother is a parenting expert even though she spends little time with Emmy yet expects Emmy to be perfect. Emmy works very hard and tries not to upset her mother. She's stunned to be going to England. She's learned not to make friends because she changes schools so much. When she arrives, however, Lola and Jack quickly befriend her while her roommate barely acknowledges her existence and doesn't allow her any room except the bed and her suitcases.

Emmy grows to really like the school and finds a place she considers home. There are dangers however. Her father disappeared close to Emmy's third birthday. Before leaving the United States, Emmy receives a strange message that leads her to search for something of her father's. She finds a box with medallions skillfully hidden and decides to take these to England. Emmy learns that her father attended Wellsworth and begins asking questions, which leads to more secret messages and danger to Emmy's life.

I enjoyed the novel but was surprised by it because the cover implied a different story; I feel the tone of the story doesn't match the cover. It's a fine cover, but it doesn't work for me. At the end, the publisher includes another clue, indicating a second book will be forthcoming. I very much enjoyed this novel. ( )
  acargile | Jan 8, 2020 |
Emmy’s mother is too busy with her career as a parenting guru to actually parent. When she receives news that she will be making a new TV series, she sends Emmy to boarding school in England. Before she leaves, Emmy finds a box of mysterious medallions she believes belonged to her father, who disappeared ten years before. When Emmy arrives at school, she stumbles on a series of strange events that seem to be linked to her father and the medallions. Will she find out what happened to her father before it’s too late?

First, the cover is what grabbed my attention when I first saw this book on NetGalley. The actual book is just as amazing! I’ve read quite a bit of middle grade books and while I love them, I’m often left wanting that polish and depth that a YA or adult book has. Not so with this one. The characters were written in a way that made me feel connected to them and their stories. The boarding school setting was a little familiar due to Harry Potter, but it was written in a fresh new way. The author was descriptive enough in the scenes to really be able to picture it in my mind. This was a book that left me wanting to read the next in the series immediately, which is always a good sign. The mystery storyline was excellent and ended with an unexpected twist. Overall, I loved this book and look forward to more in the series.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
Emmy is unhappy to learn that she's being shipped off to a boarding school in England, but she soon warms to the idea when she realizes her long-missing father also attended this school as a child. And, someone has been mysteriously contacting her with breadcrumbs about her father's legacy...

This was a very interesting mystery that kept me in suspense at every turn, which is an especially remarkable feat for a book meant for children! (Often, mysteries written with a child audience in mind are glaringly obvious.) The characters and setting were rich with details and vividly interesting. While definitely being mysterious, this book was also a book about studying, dealing with bullies, fitting in, making friends, etc. so many children will have plenty that they can related to based on their own school experiences.

For the audiobook reader, Saskia Maarleveld was wonderful at negotiating a number of accents and a range of ages with the large cast of characters at the boarding school. She was thoroughly engaging, as was the book as a whole.

My tiniest of quibbles is that the book is the first in a series so quite a few things are left open-ended at the book's conclusion... and I have to wait until March for the next title to publish! ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 23, 2019 |
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The first in an exciting new mystery series, this suspenseful debut brings readers on a journey filled with secrets, mystery, and unforgettable characters. With a dad who disappeared years ago and a mother who's a bit too busy to parent, Emmy is shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England, where she's sure she won't fit in. But then she finds a box of mysterious medallions in the attic of her home--medallions that belonged to her father. Her father who may have gone to Wellsworth. When she arrives at school, she finds the strange symbols from the medallions etched into walls and books, which leads Emmy and her new friends, Jack and Lola, to Wellsworth's secret society: The Order of Black Hollow Lane. Emmy can't help but think that the society had something to do with her dad's disappearance, and that there may be more than just dark secrets in the halls of Wellsworth... Black Hollow Lane Series: The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Book 1) The Secret of White Stone Gate (Book 2)

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