The Magic Place

Chris Wormell

The Magic Place
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The Magic Place

Chris Wormell

Imprisoned in a tall thin house in the Great Black City with a bare cellar for a bedroom, she is forced to work by her wicked aunt and uncle. Clementine is NEVER allowed out. Her only view of the outside world is from the high up window in her dank cellar. All she has ever known is the Great Black City and her only friend is a cat called Gilbert. 

But Clementine has a dream, she has hope, spirit and pluck and not even the ghastly Aunt Vermilla and Uncle Rufus can squash that…   

A cracking good yarn that will have you rooting for Clementine every step of the way.

Review

Chris Wormell’s The Magic Place is a perfectly imagined tale of woe to wonder. It’s a story about the triumph of the human spirit.

We meet Clementine, a little orphan girl living with her wicked Aunt and Uncle Grimble in a narrow house in the middle of a ‘great black city of smoke and soot and grime’. The Grimbles treat Clementine cruelly. But fortunes turn one ordinary day when an inquisitive boy and a small dog with a nose for smelling out mischief set a pack of dogs and a madding crowd on a chase to hunt down a pair of fraudsters (none other than the wicked Grimbles!). This is a gorgeous story full of whimsical charm that will enchant new readers aged 8+.


Natalie Platten is the assistant manager and children’s book buyer at Readings Doncaster.

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