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Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Enchanted Attic #1)

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A hidden attic. A classic story. A very unexpected twist. Twin twelve-year-old bookworms Ophelia and Linus Easterday discover a hidden attic that once belonged to a mad scientist. While relaxing in the attic and enjoying her latest book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ophelia dozes off, and within moments finds herself facing a fully alive and completely bewildered Quasimodo ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published 2012 by Zonderkidz
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Jill Williamson
Twelve-year-old twins, Ophelia and Linus move in with their aunt and uncle and discover an old laboratory hidden in the attic. While Ophelia is reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame, she unintentionally activates one of the old scientist’s inventions that transports Quasimodo into the present! It’s then that the twins and their friend discover that the old scientist wants to capture Quasimodo, and the three kids do all they can to protect their literary friend and get him back into the book where ...more
Daisy Chain
I just finished the Book and wanted to do the Review as long as it is still “fresh” in my mind. First of all I have to say I had a bit of a hard time getting into the book. It might have to do with the language that is used in it. English is not my first language so a lot of words weren’t really familiar to me and it through me a little out of the story sometimes. But I got used to it.

Funnily a lot of the words I didn’t know where explained in the book. There happens to be a Storyteller who is t
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Kara
The Enchanted Attic: Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame by L.L. Samson
Review by Kara Grant
Minor Spoilers


My Review
What happens when your parents are research scientists that take a job leaving you and your twin brother for 5 years to live with your aunt and uncle who own a rare bookstore? Well, nothing at first, but since you and your twin brother love to read you discover that you’re in good hands. This is where the story begins for Linus and Ophelia. For some reason, the goodreads.com summary a
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Cara Putman

Finding interesting fiction for tweens can be tricky. This new series by L.L. Samson (AKA Lisa Samson) does just the trick. The concept is that three kids (13 y.o. twins and a 14 y.o.) join forces to help story characters find their way back to their story worlds.

In this first installment, Ophelia, Linus, and Walter interact with Quasimodo from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. While the original isn't necessarily a book I'd read with my 11 and 8 y.o.s, we were all engaged in this story that tied th
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Mallory Heart Reviews
Mar 04, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: younger YA/MG
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Great Minds Think Aloud
Shelves: march-2012-reads
A delightful story, in the fashion of the classic children’s books of the mid-20th century, Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame is not-despite the title!-a horror story. Narrated by one disgruntled literate of Kingscross University (grumpy and envious, all right), the custodian Bartholomew Inkster, this novel recounts some of the adventures of twins Ophelia and Linus, fourteen years old, who are sent to spend the next five years in the home of their mother’s twin siblings, Portia and Augustus, wh ...more
Diane
"Worlds collide and the instructions aren't as helpful as one should expect."

When twins Linus and Ophelia move in with their Aunt Portia and Uncle Auggie, it is so their parents can go on a 5-year expedition to observe butterflies. But the twins are actually happier with their aunt and uncle. Add to the mix Walter, the boy who lives in the Kingscross School next door (“When you find yourself in an adventure, try to bring along a person of charm - not to mention sparkling good looks and compellin
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Bookworm1858
I wasn't really sure what this book was about when I requested it but I am interested in the story of The Hunchback of Notre Dame even though my only experience with it is watching the Disney movie, which is quite...um...different, let's just say.

The cool factor was immediately apparent when it turns out that the main characters can bring forth a character from a book, in this case Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame. The tension emerges as the kids want to give Quasi a better ending than wha
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Vicky
This is a fast-paced, intriguing children's story told by a very literary janitor. I love the language used (and the explanations within!), though some kids may find it a bit odd.

Fourteen year old twins, Ophelia and Linus Easterday have been sent to live with their uncle and aunt while their parents go off chasing butterflies for five years. Their Uncle Augustus and Aunt Portia live above an antique store that used to belong to a mad scientist. The only saving grace is the bookshop part of the
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Kary
First, thank you to Zondervan for the opportunity to read and review this book! This is a middle grade fantasy novel and the first of a new series. The 2 main characters, twins Linus and Ophelia live with their elderly aunt and uncle who own an antique bookshop. They discover a hidden attic, where at certain times, on certain days they can bring book characters into the real world through a magic circle on the attic floor. But he only has 60 hours in the real world and he must go back to where h ...more
Andrew
This book is the first in a new series for middle grade readers. Three children in Kingscross, England find a mysterious glowing circle in the floor of their eccentric uncle's attic. They soon realize that this circle is capable of pulling fictional characters out of novels that are placed within the circle.

The children's first adventure involves Quasimodo from Victor Hugo's famous novel. Action, intrigue, and humor follow that are all perfectly appropriate for middle grade readers. Samson tells
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Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
Let me start by saying that I love middle grade books! This book is written well and I enjoyed that it was told from an outsider’s point of view, a janitor. It was nice how the narrator explained words that a middle grader normally wouldn’t have understood and the way he did it was quite entertaining! The narrator is my favorite character in the story and he isn’t actually in the story, he just tells it. The story itself is interesting with Quasimodo appearing right before Ophelia’s eyes and she ...more
Hannah
Ophelia and Linus Easterday are fourteen year old twins who live with their Aunt and Uncle on Rickshaw Street. The house they live in used to belong to a mad scientist, Cato Grubbs. When the twins discover a hidden attic, they find more than a couple dusty old chemistry sets! On the eleventh of the month at 11:11 pm. the twin’s doubts about it being a normal attic become much more than a hunch. In fact they become a Hunchback! Quasimodo, from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, has suddenly appeared in ...more
Lizzy Lessard
For only being 140 pages long, this MG fantasy took me a long time to read. I considered not even finishing it because was a mental challenge to stay focused on the story. The narrator is a college custodian that likes to explain how to write a story and also make snide remarks about his colleagues, which have nothing to do with the story. After reviewing the book, I checked the author’s profile on Goodreads and it said:

The Christy-award winning author of nineteen books including the Women of Fa
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Bethany
Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame
Author: Lisa Samson
Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-72795-8
Pages: 141
Illustrations: no illustrations
Text density: approximately 30 sentences per page
Age: 9-12

Summary: Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame

Linus and Ophelia Easterday's deadbeat parents have left for a five year excursion to study butterflies on a faraway island, leaving the twins to the management of their eccentric Aunt Portia and Uncle Augustus. Since Aunt Portia and Uncl
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Natalie
'Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame' by Lisa Samson (L.L.Samson) is a tale of two 14-year-olds and the adventures they encounter. Discovering an old lab in their aunt and uncle's attic, Ophelia and Linus Easterday accidentally bring Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, out of Victor Hugo's novel which Ophelia is currently reading. Despite the fun and novelty of becoming acquainted with a fictitious yet very real story character, these two children along with their new-made friend discover tha ...more
Iola
In Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame, fourteen-year-old twins Linus and Ophelia Easterday have been left to live with their aunt and uncle (also twins) in Kingscross, home of the famous (fictional) Americal university, while their parents go on a five-year research trip to do something important (well, something they think is important, anyway).

While exploring the old house they are now living in, Linus and Ophelia find a hidden attic filled with the belongings of the mysterious Cato, who used
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Jess
What a mess.

The pacing is just what really kills this book. There are too many things going one, too many events that don’t flow well into each other (many which are downright pointless). Characters are haphazardly introduced or worst their character traits are also thrown out there to try to explain their actions or worst mentioned for no particular reason. It interrupts the “flow” or lack of as we try to read the plot

This is mostly the fault of the “exposition fairy” also known as the narrator
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Leah
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I have a special fondness for books that feature famous literary characters. Jasper Fforde does this expertly and I love him for it. Last year one of my favorites reads was Arthur Slade's The Hunchback Assignments. When I came across Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame, I instantly wanted to read it. I couldn't wait to jump back into a book featuring Quasimodo! (Embarrassingly enough, I have never read The Hunchback of Notre Dame. However, now that I've got
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Merin
Since I work with elementary school kids, I read a lot of middle grade and children's titles. When I saw the blurb for this on NetGalley, I was immediately intrigued; I mean, the book promised magic, and fictional characters in the modern world, and adventure! It pretty much screamed "your students would love this!" And now that I've finished it, I really think they will. This book was a lot of fun to read.

The book has a bit of a Lemony Snicket feel to it, in that it's told from another narrator
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The Bumble Girl {Margie}
Sometimes, a book that is so very well written and entertaining, needs no introduction nor words... every kid out there should read this book! This book, and eventually series, should be in every classroom/school!

The story is narrated by a disgruntled janitor from Kingscross University; the storyteller is full of humor and insight. I really did enjoy having him jump in at times and give us his two cents and would explain words and phrases that a middle grader may not fully understand the meanin
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Holly
The Enchanted Attic; Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame is a playful and delightful children's/younger-adult novel. Ophelia and Lewis are sent to live with their aunt and uncle for five years while their parents are off researching on an island. While exploring the house they now inhabit (the upper levels of an antique bookstore) they happen upon a laboratory that belonged to the previous owner.
One night while Ophelia is reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame, at exactly 11:11pm a figure appears i
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Lacey
Unforunately, I will not be finishing this book. I felt like a ping pong ball in a chaotic hurricane. And I am being brutally honest when I say I will not recommend this book to others, not even kids. I am slightly confused...is this a kids book? Because the way it is written a kid wouldn't be able to understand the story or plot because of all of the extra STUFF that the author threw in for what reason? it is not explained. The author has huge words that children wouldn't get plus next to the w ...more
Jean

If you were stuck with your aunt and uncle while your parents were off on an adventure, what would you do? Well, have an adventure of your own, of course! Fourteen-year-old twins Ophelia and Linus Easterday are left with their quirky Aunt Portia and Uncle Augustus Sandwich when their parents, Drs. Antonia and Ron Easterday, PhD, run off to study four-winged insects on a newly-discovered island for five whole years. As you can tell, the Easterdays are not the greatest parents. The twins find thei
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Maegan Morin
Facing The Hunchback of Notre Dame by L.L. Samson was an engaging read. A mid - level book that was entertaining from the very beginning. I think that my favorite part about this book was it was told by a third party as it was told to him with his own humor and side notes. It made this book very funny. This book would be a great read for ages 14+. It would be great for younger ages even however there are some larger more difficult words that are not explained and could be a little frustrating fo ...more
Kat
Ophelia and Linus Easterday are two twins that have been left in Kingscross with their aunt and uncle, who own a bookstore, for 5 years, due to the fact that their parents left to study butterflies on a small island. So when Linus and Ophelia find a secret passage into the attic that holds many secrets, they are quick to notice a white circle in the middle of the floor. After meeting Walter, a boy from London who attended the school next door, a coincidence lands the trio in a mess. The hunchbac ...more
pdarnold
I received this as a free ARC book via Zondervan publishing and their Z Street web site.

Absent parents, teens working out problems with a little help from adult relatives and friends, magical/chemistry elements, Quasimodo, helping those less able and friendship.

It was an interesting and fun concept. I got caught up a bit with the constant (continually occurring, persistent) explanation of words throughout the book.

The sentence above showing an example (in parenthesis) of what might be found thr
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Queeniejo
I have loved the Enchanted Attic series so far. L. L. Samson is such a fun writer and has a way of pulling the reader in. A very short and quick read, Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame makes a reader feel very satisfied at the end, though one does still get exited to read the other books in the series!
Julie
This was another First Reads giveaway, and I loved it! Who wouldn't love to meet a character from a book? To see them and talk to them would be amazing, what a great storyline! I loved the way the "author" of the book speaks to you as you are reading it, giving definitions of words that one of the characters thought needed defining. This "author" even goes so far as to include tips on what to do as a writer for those readers that hope to become writers in the future. A very fast paced story that ...more
Megan Wilson
3 1/2 stars

I really liked the book when I was able to over look the lessons about what words meant and what a specific item was. I almost put it down and didn't pick it back up after the first two chapters for there was just so much of that in it, it gave me a headache.

It was a cute story (if you overlook that stuff) and Quasi was a great character. However, if you want to do a grammar lesson look into making a glossary at the back or something so it doesn't interrupt with this flow of the sto
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Duchovney
This was such a fun read! Loved how the chapter headings also teach kids about literature. Great fantasy for the younger reader, short read and well paced to hold even a reluctant readers attention. The characters were well fleshed out and the story was fun and exciting. Its one of the best middle grade books I've read in a while. Kids of all ages can find something in this book to enjoy.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review but that did not influence my opinion of the bo
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