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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane
The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane | Julia Nobel
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Twelve-year-old Emmy investigates the connection between her father's disappearance and a secret society at her prestigious English boarding school.
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emtobiasz
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Starting Spooktober off right with this deliciously gothic #middlegrade mystery set at a British boarding school. It‘s full of secret societies, family secrets, mysterious symbols, loyal friends, untrustworthy adults, and moody old buildings. Oh, and secrets. 😆 A little predictable, but it delivers on its premise.

Very HP-adjacent, though I could have used some supernatural elements. Quick, give me your best creepy middle grade reads!

ReadingOverSleeping Loving that cover!! 2mo
flying_monkeys Anything by Mary Downing Hahn really. I also quite enjoyed The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac. And the Scary Stories books by Alvin Schwartz. And I have Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh and The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste on my TBR list. 2mo
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This assured MG debut is so fantastically fun & well-written it‘s hard to believe it‘s the author‘s first book. Emmy‘s father disappeared when she was 3 & then her mother got so busy being a parenting advise expert, Emmy never saw her either. Shipped off to boarding school, she makes friends & enemies, starts receiving mysterious notes, & learns about a secret society that may have something to do with her father‘s disappearance. Great MG mystery.

SassenachTheBookWizard I loved this one too! Cannot wait for the sequel 3mo
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It‘s the first day of school tomorrow so to celebrate—and get ready for all the students who will be asking for recommendations—I‘m going to read this MG which has blurbs from Jessica Day George & Michael Buckley (very cool) as well as good reviews. Anticipating a quick, fun read.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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This was hella cute! The boarding school + some Malfoy-esque characters + a McGonagall-like teacher + quidditch being football instead + a secret society are all elements that make for a book I am going to like. I feel deprived that I never got to go to a boarding school as a kid. Weird shit always happens at them! See examples: Harry Potter, Truly Devious, this book.

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Time for a middle grade mystery!

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