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Deadwood Hall

Oozing Magic Series
Narrated by: Philip Battley
Series: Oozing Magic Series, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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A magical fantasy adventure. It’s midwinter's eve and everything is about to change for Dylan and his sister Emily. Being shrunk down to three inches is the easy part. They end up racing through underground tunnels - riding on the back of a very angry centipede - and trying to outsmart a whole army of slimy Whivicks.

Deadwood Hall is about secrets, friendship, magic, weird creatures, and looking out for each other when things go very wrong. This adventure is just the beginning - that’s if Dylan and Emily can survive until midnight!

Age Level: 7 - 10.

©2018 Linda Jones (P)2019 Linda Jones

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Action-packed adventure story for grade school chi

Action-packed adventure story for grade school children. The book begins with a typical bantering between brother and sister, who are forced to share the backset of a car on the way to their grandfather’s house. Things change quickly for young Dylan when he sees something outside the car window that frightens him. Of course, nobody else sees it, and so the trip continues with Dylan feeling a bit less antagonistic toward his sister. The real journey begins when Dylan catapults a toy soldier from his grandfather’s room out the window. When he and Emily go after it, their entire world changes. This is a fabulous story. It moves at a pace quick enough to engage the young reader but not so fast that one can’t keep up. The characters are likeable (who doesn’t like an arguing brother/sister duo), and of course the soldier come to life to help save the day is a great touch. The narrator does a great job and has an engaging voice that seems appropriate for the intended age group. I normally review children’s books with my grandson, who loves audio books, but with a household of visiting cousins, I couldn’t pin him down long enough to listen to it. However, after giving me five minutes, he said it sounds really good and wants to finish it later. I highly recommend this book to grade-school aged children, but adults would like it too. I did.

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  • Helen
  • 07-13-19

sweet short children book

A magical fantasy adventure. It’s midwinter's eve and everything is about to change for Dylan and his sister Emily
I enjoyed this book at 46 years young so I guess younger children would too

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  • Martin J Day
  • 07-06-19

From ordinary family life to wild adventure & back

This is a story of how siblings Dylan & Emily take their annual trip to Granddad's quirky old house and slip into a magical, unsettling, but ultimately heroic adventure. The adventure itself, I thought, had elements of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, some Lord of the Rings style scrapes and some Alice in Wonderland magical absurdities.

I'm sure children will enjoy the magical adventure section. There is a breakneck pace to this part that help keeps the book manageably short. But as an adult I most enjoyed the skilful build up to the adventure - The family interactions of mum and dad's reassuring but preoccupied presence, the authentic sparring of the two siblings, and the imaginative eyes of Dylan that start to see the magical word that might be about to unfold before them. The setting in Grandfather's house nicely reflects another age that maybe go unnoticed by the children of today, but will be recognised by parents and grandparents of a certain age.

Philip Bartley's narration hits the right stresses of the different voices in the story and moves the tale along at a good pace.

Linda Jones has authored a really nice story that borrows ideas from some classic yarns but that moves quickly enough to old the attention of its intended audience. It sounds like there will be other adventures for Dyan and Emily to come and I like the idea of a series of stories that are on the shorter side.

I would say that Deadwood Hall will be great to listen with a parent, over a few bedtimes, or on a motorway car trip.