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Blackford House than meets the eye And before they can entirely understand the strange world they’ve stumbled into Lucy and Oliver must join forces with a host of magical clock animals to defeat the Garr a vicious monster that not only wants Blackford House for itself but also seeks to destroy everything the Tinkers hold dear I always look forward to a new book by Gregory Funaro but wow this time he really dials it up to 11Eleven year old Lucy Tinker and her older brother Oliver age 13 are struggling through life after the death of their mom two years earlier Their father is the proprietor of a small clock repair shop and tries to maintain optimism in the face of very little income and is just trying to get through each day as it comes But into their life comes a golden opportunity in the form of Mr uigley who wants to hire Mr Tinker Seems Mr uigley has recently bought a once grand house called the Blackford House and within it is a huge cuckoo clock that no longer works He invites the little family to move into the house for the summer while the clock is repaired The money he offers for the job is staggering It s a dream come true for the TinkersNot long after their arrival Lucy and Oliver discover that not all is as it seems and in fact there are some unexplainable and truly magical things happening in the house and the surrounding Shadow Woods I won t go into details in order to avoid spoilers but trust me it s really cool Readers will likely identify with either Oliver or Lucy or both as they separately discover the magical nature of what they encounter The build up through the first half of the plot is enticing and serves to develop these characters nicely The mystery of the nature of the magic as well as the history of the house also builds leading to the second half which is filled with exciting and at many times scary and perilous actionOne thing I always appreciate in a good YA or children s novel is when the author does not dumb down the plot or the situation Here I was pleased to see the scenes when Mr Tinker and Oliver work on the clock thoroughly and interestingly describing the mechanics of how cuckoo clocks actually work As an educated adult I can tell you I certainly learned a thing or two about winding mechanisms pendulums pipe couplings and conductor spheres and how the various parts work together But importantly several major themes run through this book including the nature of fear and love and the importance of balance in all things In addition the family must always deal with life after the death of their mother from cancer From my point of view as someone who has lost an immediate family member in this same way I can say this is handled extremely well in the book and with just the right amount of subtlety and pathos Bottom line this is a wonderful book for young people and not so young alike The overarching themes wind their way through an energetic and uniue plot that keep the pages turning This is one of those books that you won t let things like eating and sleeping get in the way of While the story is complete in this one volume there is a brief hint of further adventure to come in just the last couple of paragraphs I certainly hope so and if so I ll be first in line to get my hands on it How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim really dials it up to 11Eleven year old Lucy Tinker and her older brother Oliver age 13 are struggling through life after the death of their mom two years earlier Their father is the proprietor of a small clock The Mage (Foxcraft, Book 3) repair shop and tries to maintain optimism in the face of very little income and is just trying to get through each day as it comes But into their life comes a golden opportunity in the form of Mr uigley who wants to hire Mr Tinker Seems Mr uigley has Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic recently bought a once grand house called the Blackford House and within it is a huge cuckoo clock that no longer works He invites the little family to move into the house for the summer while the clock is Earthfall (Homecoming, repaired The money he offers for the job is staggering It s a dream come true for the TinkersNot long after their arrival Lucy and Oliver discover that not all is as it seems and in fact there are some unexplainable and truly magical things happening in the house and the surrounding Shadow Woods I won t go into details in order to avoid spoilers but trust me it s A Daddy for Christmas really cool Readers will likely identify with either Oliver or Lucy or both as they separately discover the magical nature of what they encounter The build up through the first half of the plot is enticing and serves to develop these characters nicely The mystery of the nature of the magic as well as the history of the house also builds leading to the second half which is filled with exciting and at many times scary and perilous actionOne thing I always appreciate in a good YA or children s novel is when the author does not dumb down the plot or the situation Here I was pleased to see the scenes when Mr Tinker and Oliver work on the clock thoroughly and interestingly describing the mechanics of how cuckoo clocks actually work As an educated adult I can tell you I certainly learned a thing or two about winding mechanisms pendulums pipe couplings and conductor spheres and how the various parts work together But importantly several major themes Banned in Britain run through this book including the nature of fear and love and the importance of balance in all things In addition the family must always deal with life after the death of their mother from cancer From my point of view as someone who has lost an immediate family member in this same way I can say this is handled extremely well in the book and with just the Hour of the Beast right amount of subtlety and pathos Bottom line this is a wonderful book for young people and not so young alike The overarching themes wind their way through an energetic and uniue plot that keep the pages turning This is one of those books that you won t let things like eating and sleeping get in the way of While the story is complete in this one volume there is a brief hint of further adventure to come in just the last couple of paragraphs I certainly hope so and if so I ll be first in line to get my hands on it

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Rive in Watch Hollow they have no idea that anything is wrong A mysterious stranger has made their father an offer that’s too good for him to refuse All Mr Tinker needs to do is fix the clock at Blackford House and fistfuls of gold coins are his to keepIt doesn’t take long however for the children to realize that there is to What a delightful little spooky story of a terrifying giant a mysterious clock in a mysterious house a strange boy and talking creatures Lucy and Oliver and their dad are in financial trouble thanks to their dad s less than sound financial decisions He s running an antiue shop and still hasn t recovered from his wife s death from cancer Lucy is 11 Oliver s 13 and both are bullied at school though Lucy gets into trouble at school for fighting backWhen an elderly man makes their father a very tempting offer with actual gold to come to a house in the country and fix a large and old clock the offer s too good to refuseThe kids soon realize that things aren t what they seem of course and both Lucy and Oliver start seeing odd things Lucy discovers that the animals that are supposed to be part of the big clock come to life and are terrified of the Gar a giant who lives in the wood and has been kidnapping them The animals are delightful especially Meridian the cat Oliver meets a boy who says he lives in the woods and everything about the boy said danger danger to me Things go wrong swiftly and Lucy ends up figuring out a lot of things and eventually Oliver sees the other parts of the pictureI ve never read any other books by this author and I can say that I really enjoyed this Lucy s a terrific character and I loved the relationship she and Oliver have I found it particularly heartbreaking when Oliver realizes that their father has been neglecting Lucy because of his lingering grief I thought the story with its alchemy based plot was nicely creepy and who doesn t love talking animals and big old houses Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury refuse All Mr Tinker needs to do is fix the clock at Blackford House and fistfuls of gold coins are his to keepIt doesn’t take long however for the children to How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim realize that there is to What a delightful little spooky story of a terrifying giant a mysterious clock in a mysterious house a strange boy and talking creatures Lucy and Oliver and their dad are in financial trouble thanks to their dad s less than sound financial decisions He s The Mage (Foxcraft, Book 3) running an antiue shop and still hasn t Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic recovered from his wife s death from cancer Lucy is 11 Oliver s 13 and both are bullied at school though Lucy gets into trouble at school for fighting backWhen an elderly man makes their father a very tempting offer with actual gold to come to a house in the country and fix a large and old clock the offer s too good to Earthfall (Homecoming, refuseThe kids soon A Daddy for Christmas realize that things aren t what they seem of course and both Lucy and Oliver start seeing odd things Lucy discovers that the animals that are supposed to be part of the big clock come to life and are terrified of the Gar a giant who lives in the wood and has been kidnapping them The animals are delightful especially Meridian the cat Oliver meets a boy who says he lives in the woods and everything about the boy said danger danger to me Things go wrong swiftly and Lucy ends up figuring out a lot of things and eventually Oliver sees the other parts of the pictureI ve never Banned in Britain read any other books by this author and I can say that I Hour of the Beast really enjoyed this Lucy s a terrific character and I loved the Dictionary Of Dreams relationship she and Oliver have I found it particularly heartbreaking when Oliver The Love of a Latino realizes that their father has been neglecting Lucy because of his lingering grief I thought the story with its alchemy based plot was nicely creepy and who doesn t love talking animals and big old houses

Gregory Funaro Û 3 read

Deep within the enchanted woods in the town of Watch Hollow stands the once grand Blackford House whose halls hold a magical secret a giant cuckoo clock that does much than tell time But when the clock’s gears cease to turn an evil presence lurking among the trees begins to come out of the shadowsWhen Lucy and Oliver Tinker ar Thanks to the generous offer of an ARC copy from the authorAnother imaginative Middle Grade Fantasy I m looking forward to what seems to be the promise of a continued story But don t worry this has a satisfying end I m always on the lookout for good Middle Grade Fantasy stories and so many end up being anemic or very derivative Not this one it s original imaginative with age appropriate tense moments and lots of heartMy second win with this author he s now on my Watch list for future books

  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • Watch Hollow
  • Gregory Funaro
  • English
  • 04 January 2019
  • 9780062643452

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10 thoughts on “Watch Hollow

  1. says:

    On sale now Review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureGregory Funaro’s just published Watch Hollow is a charmingly spooky or perhaps spookily charming contemporary fantasy featuring an 11 year old girl Lucy Tinker her 13 year old brother Oliver and their clockmaker father and also a fearsome giant a boy who mysteriously appears and disappear

  2. says:

    I don’t read a lot of middle grade books but this one was awesome and super fun Give me weird magic and gothic vibes any day I got sucked right in after the intriguing prologue Beautiful and magical writing great character

  3. says:

    Thanks to the generous offer of an ARC copy from the authorAnother imaginative Middle Grade Fantasy I'm looking forward to what seems to be the promise of a continued story But don't worry this has a satisfying

  4. says:

    I've been a reader of Gregory Funaro's books since the very beginning when his novel Alistair Grim's Odditorium was released by Disn

  5. says:

    What a delightful little spooky story of a terrifying giant a mysterious clock in a mysterious house a strange boy and talking creatures Lucy and Oliver and their dad are in financial trouble thanks to their dad’s less than sound financial decisions He’s running an antiue shop and still hasn’t recovered from his wife’s death from cancer Lucy is 11 Oliver’s 13 and both are bullied at school though Lucy gets into trouble

  6. says:

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books CentralLucy and Oliver Tinker's father repairs clocks for a living but the business isn't doing well After the death of their mother from cancer the family moves into an apartment attached to the business and is struggling to make ends meet to the point where school mates taunt

  7. says:

    Talking animals are always a tricky proposition for me but I found Watch Hollow to be a charming read with enough creepy overtones to make my horror jaded heart happyI started this as a buddy read with Jess from Storytime in the Stacks and swiftly found that I wanted to keep reading it This isn’t a book you want to spread out over several

  8. says:

    A struggling family economically and emotionally is offered a lucrative opportunity to fix a broken clock in the Watch Hollow mansion the source of energy for the house In a remote area of coastal New England the decrepit mansion is surrounded by the creepy and creeping Shadow Woods protected by sunstone and the failing cuckoo clock with its twelve animal statues Lucy Oliver and Mr Tinker find themselves battli

  9. says:

    I always look forward to a new book by Gregory Funaro but wow this time he really dials it up to 11Eleven year old Lucy Tinker and her older br

  10. says:

    I first was introduced to this author Mr Funaro when he wrote his darker suspense novels Which I just enjoyed a lot Than Mr Funaro started a new journey into young adult author The Alistair Grim's Odditorium series is great It is magical and whimsical All ages from children teens to adults can enjoy that series Mr Funaro's newest of

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