by Holly Webb
by Holly Webb
Genre: MG Fantasy
Paperback: 240 Pages
Publication: September 3, 2013 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Rose isn't like the other orphans at St Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls. Instead of dreaming of getting adopted by loving, wealthy parents, Rose wants to get a job and be independent. She doesn't need anyone but herself. She finds her escape working as a maid for Mr. Fountain, an alchemist. Unable to ignore the magic that flows throughout the grand residence, Rose realizes that just maybe; she might have a little bit of magic in her too. This new series featuring magicians, witches, talking cats, mist-monsters, and friendships will have young readers in a trance!
◆ A copy was provided by Sourcebooks for review ◆
All that I love in a middle-grade read with magic is in this book. The quirky, lovable characters; the historical setting; the mystery and intrigue. And, most importantly, the spunky lead who must find her way in this crazy (awesome) world.
Rose is a likable character. She's brave and intelligent. Most importantly, she's independent and inquisitive, someone who can survive without any delusions about life. Unlike the other orphans who invent fantastical stories about their origins, she seeks only to make her way around the world in a realistic manner. This means that she's subject to prejudice; however, she's an adaptable character and learns to practice more open-mindedness when she gets put in a situation that requires it.
Rose is a story filled with magic and adventure. There is rarely a page without something happening to contribute to the plot or Rose's character. While the story isn't altogether new, it is a classic that has had new life brought to it. Older readers will be as enchanted as the middle-grade audience for which this was intended, as they find themselves returning to the magical reads of their childhood.