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By Holly Webb
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2013
Audience: Everyone
Source: My Own Bookshelf

This was a wonderfully-written fantasy book. It’s been described as being a bit of Harry Potter and a bit of Downton Abbey. It has just a dash of magic and a lot of mystery. I love it when kids sleuth and this book is no exception. The characters were thoroughly entertaining and I loved how they developed throughout the novel. I can’t wait to see how they interact in the rest of the series. I believe there are two more books out elsewhere but we have to wait until Spring in the US.

From Goodreads:
Rose isn't like the other orphans at St Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls. Instead of dreaming of getting adopted by loving, wealthy parents, Rose wants to get a job and be independent. She doesn't need anyone but herself. She finds her escape working as a maid for Mr. Fountain, an alchemist. Unable to ignore the magic that flows throughout the grand residence, Rose realizes that just maybe; she might have a little bit of magic in her too. This new series featuring magicians, witches, talking cats, mist-monsters, and friendships will have young readers in a trance!