The Literature Hub
Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Jane Eagland
Publisher & Pages: Scholastic, 326 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: Something raps on the window. A small white hand.
A child’s voice cries, “Let me in. Emily! Let me in.”
Gladly, Emily runs to the window and throws it wide. “Elizabeth?”
But there’s no one there. Just the wailing wind, driving icy rain into her face.
Emily leans out into the blast. No one down in the church-yard moving among the gravestones. No light in the church, with its tall black tower.
For a moment she can’t breathe. And then a feeling of horrible desolation sweeps over her and she howls into the night, into the darkness, the emptiness . . .
“Emily! Wake up!”
She comes to, sobbing, with Charlotte’s arms round her.
“Shh. It’s all right.” Charlotte strokes her back. “You were dreaming, that’s all.”
Highlight: A splendid “finding yourself” tale.
Caution: There are quite a few historical inaccuracies.
Highlight: Easy to understand language which audiences will relate to.
Caution: It can take a while to become absorbed in the story.
Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Mary Hooper
Publisher & Pages: Bloomsbury, 334 pages
Blurb: London, 1670. Fifteen-year-old Eliza Rose is thrown into Clink Prison for stealing a pasty. She is rescued by a brash, grubby woman known as Old Ma Gwyn, but her relief soon turns to horror when she realises the kind of life her new benefactress has in mind for her. Eliza has come to the City to search for her beloved father and a place to call home, but fate seems to be conspiring against her.
From orange seller to highwayman’s moll to lady’s maid, Eliza will take on many remarkable guises, but will she ever find out what she yearns to know – just where it is she truly belongs?
Highlight: It really did feel like it was set in the late 1600’s.
Caution: There are a few characters in this story that are completely fictional, so don’t mistake them for real life people.
Highlight: This story allows you to experience the prisons, the bawdy houses, and the royal court in one.
Caution: The relationship between Eliza and (we’ll call him her crush) felt very one sided. I couldn’t see them together at all.