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Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact (Darwen Arkwright #1)

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Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different - but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imaginings!

Darwen discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet - a world that holds as many dangers
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by Razorbill
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Mar 02, 2012 Aeicha rated it it was amazing
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THREE WORDS: a Magical, Fun Adventure

MY REVIEW: A.J. Hartley’s Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact is a delightfully fun, suspenseful MG book full of mystery, magic, heart and laughs.

After the death of his parents, 11 year old Darwen must move from a small town in England to the US to live with his aunt in Atlanta, Georgia. On a shopping trip at the local mall, Darwen meets Mr. Peregrine, the eccentric owner of a mirror shop, who gives

Der 11 Jährige Waisenjunge Darwen Arkwrigth staunt nicht schlecht als er im Einkaufcentre ein ungewöhnliches Flugobjekt entdeckt. Es scheint kein Vogel zu sein, denn dazu hat es zu starke ungewöhnliche Züge an sich, aber auch einem elektronischen Spielzeugflugzeug sieht es nicht ähnlich. Aber noch mehr erstaunt ihn die Tatsache, dass dieses Wesen allein nur seine Aufmerksamkeit geweckt hat und die Menschen um ihn herum ihren Weg gehen. Von der Neugier getrieben macht er sich auf den Weg u
Aug 12, 2014 Aelvana rated it did not like it
Darwen has just moved from a little town in England to Atlanta, Georgia. He doesn't really fit in. But when a strange man in the mall gives him a special mirror, he becomes involved in something much bigger than trying to fit into a new school halfway around the world. Another world exists beyond the mirror, and it is in dire peril. Can he save it?

What a slog. The book doesn't start too badly, or end too badly, but most of the middle was tedious to frustrating. Part of the problem is that the bo
Moendchens Lesewelt
Ein tolles Kinder-/Jugendbuch, obwohl es an einigen Stellen echt brutal und eklig war.
Nicholas Rynne
Jun 04, 2015 Nicholas Rynne rated it liked it
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Jul 10, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
While this got a bit ponderous at times and Hartley got a little too caught up in the accents (Northern England, Southern, VBE), this was still a fascinating fantasy novel with an underlying theme of belonging and memories. Only Darwen really felt like a three-dimensional character, which is why this is a 3 rather than a 4 in my estimation, but Silbrica is an interesting fantasy realm and the idea of passing through mirrors as gateways is very appealing. And if you've ever attended a pompous pri ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Mimi rated it really liked it
I know that this is a book for "yutes" but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were believable and sympathetic, the writing very good and tight. I had heard of Hartley from my sister but could only find his young reader books at our library. I checked it out, read it, and bought a copy for my grandkids!

Darwen is living in Atlanta after losing his parents in a car accident in England, not London but Northern England. He is a bit of a fish out of water in ATL, but he manages to meet some peopl
Als Darwen Arkwright den geheimnisvollen Mr. Peregrine und seinen Spiegelladen kennenlernt, soll sich sein Leben innerhalb kurzer Zeit nun schon zum zweiten Mal ändern. Denn hinter den Spiegeln verbirgt sich die geheimnisvolle Welt Silbrica, die jedoch von den finsteren Schrubblern und einem alles verschlingenden Nebel bedroht wird.

Und nicht nur Silbrica ist bedroht, denn die Schrubbler haben einen Weg gefunden die Spiegel selber zu nutzen um in unsere Welt vorzudringen und der Ort, den sie sich
Apr 04, 2016 Kirsten rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit, sweet-2016, series
I hate having so much hope for something and then being completely let down. This can be applied at a deeper, more like, personal scale when it comes to things like relationships and work and success and all that, but at a more shallow level it bothers me when a book deceives me into believing it’s going to be great and then is completely the opposite. With characters’ names like Darwen Arkwright and Octavius Peregrine, I really expected this book to deliver some delicious literary punches that ...more
11 year old Darwen Arkwright had to leave his native home in Northern England to move in with his Aunt Honoria in far off Atlanta, Georgia. While in an Atlanta shopping mall, Darwen followed a strange creature into a shop of mirrors run by the mysterious, and sometimes deceitful, Mr. Octavius Peregrine. Mr. Peregrine sees fit to present Darwen with one of his mirrors to take home, which ends up being a door to a strange new world that only a few people with special abilities can enter and exit. ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Charlyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gr. 5 and up
(Review of ARC) Some tragedy in his life has brought Darwen Arkwright from his home with his parents in England to life with his aunt in Atlanta, Georgia. Aunt Honoria Vanderslay is a successful businesswoman who has enrolled Darwen in Hillside Academy, a private academy for children of wealthy families. Darwen quickly learns that he doesn’t fit it with the lock-step regimen of the school and neither students nor faculty make him feel welcomed.
A chance encounter in the mall with a strange bir
May 03, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read-to-em
1/11/12 - I read quite a bit of YA lit. But it's rare that a book that's aimed at the Juvenile set appeals to me as an adult. This one's an exception. I liked it a lot! Darwen wasn't stupid (like Charlie Bone, for instance), but he's a kid. He doesn't always make the best decisions, but they are certainly age-appropriate and not really dumb decisions. For instance, Charlie Bone is warned time and time again to not tell people something. (Pick something, he does it all the time.) But then he tell ...more
Lauren Harris
Mar 05, 2012 Lauren Harris rated it it was amazing
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact is a solid, exciting middle grade book with a protagonist kids can really get behind. After the death of his parents, Darwen moved from England to live with his aunt in Atlanta. She does her best, but her idea of taking care of him is to enroll him in a private school that Mrs. Trunchbull would be proud of.

At the start of the book, Darwen feels very alone. He's of mixed heritage, his accent is hard to understand, his clothes don't fit right, and he doesn't
Oct 22, 2012 Angie rated it liked it
Darwen Arkwright is a proper Northern English boy who finds himself living with his aunt in Atlanta. He is a fish out of water, he doesn't talk like everyone else and he has no idea what the other kids are about. One day in the mall he sees a strange bird and follows it into Mr. Octavius Peregrine's Reflectory Emporium: Mirrors Priceless and Perilous. Mr. Peregrine gives him a mirror that turns out to be a portal to another world. Silbrica is a strange and wonderful world that has all kinds of c ...more
Joseph McBee
Nov 21, 2011 Joseph McBee rated it really liked it
In the interest of full disclosure allow me to begin by saying that I will read anything A.J. Hartley writes. He is one of my favorite writers so if his name is on it, I am immediately interested. However, my interest in all works Hartley stems from the fact that he is very good at what he does and that he weaves wonderful tales that carry you along from one page to the next in a style that flows like a river. It may be serene and beautiful one moment and thrilling and rollicking the next, but i ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Caren rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I have a stack of books to read and, when this arrived, I thought I'd read a page or two just to get a feel for it. Well, I was totally sucked in and read right through. This is not a genre I usually read, but the book has lots of action and good characterization. Darwen (named by his parents for the town in Lancashire where they met),is a British boy from the northwestern part of England and has been sent to live with his aunt in Atlanta. It is not made clear in the beginning just why he has be ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted here.

Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact is an excellent example of middle grade fiction. There are spunky young folks, fantastical situations, evil grownups and adventures galore. I was entertained fully from beginning to end by Hartley's tale. This may be my first experience with Hartley but it surely will not be my last.

Y'all, one of my favorite things is that this book is set in Atlanta. That may not be an important point for most people, but this is my hometown and I l
Laura Madsen
DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT begins with a standard fantasy plot: a child is sent far away to live with distant relatives and discovers a magic portal in an enchanted mirror/ painting/ wardrobe through which he/she enters a magical fantasy world. The whimsical and benevolent residents of the fantasy world are threatened by a mysteriously evil magician and his thuggish hench-creatures, but our child hero conveniently possesses the knowledge, guts, and moral imperative necessary to defe ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Jules rated it really liked it
My full review will be available at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

I love being taken on new adventures. Darwen Arkwright takes us on a grand one with his new American friends. In Darwen, A.J. Wright has created a very likable and relatable hero. Darwen is truly a fish out of the water when he's dropped into a new life in America. The proper young English boy is having a hard time of it when he accidentally sees a strange creature in the mall and follows it into a dusty old mirror shop. Little does
Bryan Schmidt
Aug 18, 2012 Bryan Schmidt rated it it was amazing
Like Chronicles of Narnia mixed with Harry Potter only with a multiethnic lead and cast, Hartley's Middle Grade fantasy captures you and holds your interest until you can't put it down. Although he doesn't use the Atlanta setting as richly as it deserves--because events mostly center around a school, a kid's apartment, a mall, and a fictional world--his character building is top notch as well as his inventiveness. The creatures from the world are introduced just enough to make them menacing and ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Kerstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Mr. Peregrines Geheimnis hat mein Interesse vor allem durch sein interessantes Cover geweckt. Der Einstieg in die Geschichte gestaltet sich locker-flockig-leicht, denn A.J. Hartley lässt den Leser sogleich in das Geschehen eintauchen. Handlungsorte sind Atlanta und die Spiegelwelt Silbrica, von der ich mir allerdings mehr erhofft hatte. Sie wird eigentlich mehr zum Nebenschauplatz degradiert.

Protagonist Darwen Arkwright ist 11 Jahre alt und gerade aus England zu seiner Tante Honoria nach Atlanta
Theresa Glover
Feb 23, 2012 Theresa Glover rated it really liked it
I’ve become something of a sucker for young adult fiction, and I blame it all on JK Rowling and Harry Potter. She got me past my book snobbery (at least the part that sneered at picking up a “kid’s book”) and showed me that I don’t have to be the target audience to really enjoy the story. Granted, she was not my only insight into this phenomenon (The Lorax is still one of my favorite books, and I have a feeling it will always remain such), but she was the most recent memory which made a signific
Sep 11, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla, bullies
After the death of his parents, Brit Darwen Arkwright moves to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt. She puts him in Hillside, a private school teeming with priviledged middle graders and more than a bully or two, all intent on putting the new boy in his place. But Darwen makes friends with two other school outsiders, Rich, whose rural background is snickered at by his urban classmates, and Alex, whose outspoken ways and quirky nature cause others to avoid her. When Darwen stumbles into a sho ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Bookish rated it it was amazing
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley starts off with with one of the most intriguing middle grade beginnings I've read lately; Darwen spies a strange creature flying through the mall which no one else can see and upon following it, leads him to an odd, out-of-place store:

"There was one more shop, right at the end of the corrider beside the exit sign, a tiny ramshackle place that looked like it had been lifted out of an entirely different location and dropped in... The exterio
Jan 31, 2013 Hollowspine rated it liked it
Darwen Arkwright is facing a lot of new challenges. He's just moved from Northern England to Atlanta, Georgia to live with his Aunt. He's starting a new school, a very strict school where the kids actually have to march to class and he's already found out about the school bullies the hard way, he's trying to get used to his Aunt's 'dead mouse' tea and missing his parents, who were killed in a tragic car wreck.

While at the mall Darwen sees a strange creature and follows it to a strange mirror st
Sara Thompson
Sep 04, 2011 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: librarything
I got this book as an ARC (advanced readers copy) from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. The review of this book is easy - it was great. I think there is so much going for this book that I can't wait for a sequel (please write a sequel).
Darwen Arkwright is a twelve year old boy who has been sent from England to live with his aunt in Atlanta. He's not adjusting well but when he is given a mirror that allows him to travel to another world things start to look up for him, until he star
Aug 28, 2013 Sina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Darwen Arkwright zieht von England nach Amerika zu seiner Tante. Für ihn ist alles neu und anders, und er kann sich nur schwer in seinem neuen Zuhause eingewöhnen. In der Schule wird er aufgrund seines englischen Akzents gehänselt und auch sonst scheint alles irgendwie gegen ihn zu laufen. Als er im Einkaufszentrum auf ein seltsames Geschäft stößt, welches ungewöhnliche Spiegel verkauft, kommt er mit dem Ladenbesitzer Mr. Peregrine ins Gespräch, der ihm dann auch noch solch einen ungewöhnlichen ...more
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Kim McGee
Jul 10, 2011 Kim McGee rated it really liked it
I received this as an advanced read copy so this review is a bit premature. The book is due to be published by Razorbill in October 2011. Darwen comes to Atlanta from Northern England to live with his aunt. Needless to say, he wasn't in favor of this move and his aunt tries to help him fit in but they are like oil and water. He has an accent, must attend a posh private academy and gets bullied alot. After seeing something really odd at the mall and following it to a small strange mirror shop Dar ...more
Dec 07, 2012 ErikΔ rated it really liked it
Wouldn't it be amazing to step into a mirror and find a beautiful world behind it?
Because I find it incredible and would sure love to try.
Well, Darwen Arkwright has experienced that.

Darwen Arkwright moved from northern England to Atlanta to live with his aunt. He knew then that he would hate it and to make it worse he had to attend Hillside Academy, a school who takes discipline and obedience very seriously.
But then he met Mr.Peregrine, a mysterious shopkeeper of a mirror store at the isolated
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