Rose by Holly WebbRose by Holly Webb


byHolly Webb

Paperback | October 15, 2013

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How would you know if you were special? Mr. Fountain's grand mansion is a world away from the dark orphanage Rose had left behind. The gleaming, golden house is practically overflowing with sparkling magic-she can feel it. And though Rose had always wanted to be an ordinary girl with an ordinary life, she realizes she may possess a little bit of magic herself. Discover the Spellbinding Bestselling UK SeriesWarm and sparkling and magical and fun."-Hilary McKay, bestselling author of Saffy's Angel "A skillfully spun, spell-binding mystery that will catch you up in a web of wonder."-Junior Education Plus"
Holly Webb is a bestselling author of over 80 books and was born and raised in southeast London. The Rose series stems from a childhood love of historical novels and the wish that animals really could talk. Before deciding to become a writer, she worked for five years as a children's fiction editor. She lives in Reading with her h...
Title:RoseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.56 × 4.5 × 0.61 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1402285817

ISBN - 13:9781402285813

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Victorian read for younger middle grade This book combined two of my favourite story elements – magic and a Victorian setting. The magic in this story is so seamlessly integrated into everyday society. Rose doesn’t discover there’s a secret world hidden from everyday folk. Instead magic is a regular occurrence (if you have enough money that is). I think I’m drawn to this kind of story, because it’s the kind of world I wish we actually lived in. One where magic is just around the corner. The Victorian setting only adds to this. There’s just something about that time period that lends itself to magical ideas and/or settings. I loved the way the characters talked, I loved imagining what Mr. Fountain’s house was liked and, as a Downton Abbey fan, I loved the whole front of house-back of house drama. Rose is a new servant in a moderately big house, and she has to navigate the tough waters of her new job, gossip among the staff and an unlikely alliance with one of the household members. I found the premise fascinating and was easily able to picture Roses’s world in my head. The characters in this story are all quite lively, full of strong emotions and opinions. I liked that even though their master was a magician, the household staff had varying degrees of tolerance for the craft. This made things a lot more interesting for Rose, as she tried to figure out what was going on with her. However at times, I found these secondary characters even more interesting than Rose herself and that’s where the book would sometimes lose me. Rose is very plain. She’s always very earnest and means well. She seems to have no real character flaws. She got a long with everyone, she was brave, she was clever – without even realizing it – she was tidy etc. I would have liked a little more depth to her character since she is our heroine, but maybe that comes in later books. Overall Rose is a magical and mysterious story with a fun cast and a solid, if not slightly predictable mystery. It would be a good book for lower middle grade readers – specifically those who would like something like Harry Potter but aren’t quite at that reading level yet.
Date published: 2013-09-20