Emmy has always lived with her mother, who is an expert in raising children... at least that is what her books say, but Emmy has been alone more often than not. She doesn't remember her father and her mother will not allow her to talk about him, so she searches their house until she finds a box of medallions hidden in the attic chimney that Emmy just knows belonged to him. When Emmy's mother signs a contract to do a reality show, Emmy is shipped off to Wellsworth boarding school in England. Emmy must learn subjects she has never studied, and her roommate is a bully, making life very tough. After Emmy finally makes friends with Lola and Jack, she begins to get strange messages, which make it clear that her box of medallions contains more than just memories of her father.
The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is a cross between Harry Potter and The Iron Trial. The mystery of the medallions is woven into the story of Emmy trying to succeed in an environment that is completely new to her. Her friends are quirky and fun, especially Lola, but their personalities will probably developed more in future installments of this series. Overall, this is a good middle grade story with enough action and intrigue to interest readers.
I think this was a great book but at the start you only ever get little bits of information about the mystery but then you at more towards the end you get all of the answers and its a real page turner. I loved the book I found my self torturing my family by telling them the hole book so warn your family and friends before you read the book but its so great
A rather dark boarding school tale, appropriate for 6th grade and up. Emmy is sent from Connecticut to boarding school with secret cargo -- a pewter box of medals that belonged to the father she has not seen since her 3rd birthday. You want to root for Emmy. She has a crummy roommate and some mysterious assignments that begin to lead her deeper into the mystery surrounding her dad's disappearance. Two other students join her quest and there is much to write about in a sequel. Looking forward to it!
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