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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

(Black Hollow Lane #1)

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Emmy's dad disappeared years ago, and with her mother too busy to parent, she's shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England. But right before she leaves, a mysterious box arrives full of medallions and a note reading: These belonged to your father.

Just as she's settling into life at Wellsworth, Emmy begins to find the strange symbols from the medal
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Marisahh There's no swear words or anything, they do talk about possible murder and such but thats the extent of it!

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Amy Imogene Reads
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5

This reads like something I would have devoured as a kid: a great title, a boarding school, some creepy secret societies, found families, and lots of interesting school/research side quests. What can I say, I was always a nerd.

Writing: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★
Memorable?: ★★★★ 1/2
Pacing: ★★★ 1/2

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane follows the adventures of Emmy, a girl who's father disappeared when she was 3 years old, and who's mother is a child psychology literary star with, ironically, no time at a
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Mila
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

4,5 stars

This middle-grade debut novel really caught my attention from the very beginning. I tend to really enjoy books set in boarding schools and this one was no exception. I haven't read such a thrilling and exciting mystery novel in a while and because it's middle-grade, there weren't many distractions (e.g. love interests) from the main plot like it is often the case wit
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Jessica
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Look at this cover. Now back at me. Now BACK to this cover.

The cover is amazing! It gets better every time you look at it, with tiny clues and symbols around the edges of the spooky-mysterious central picture. But, you ask, is the book inside as good as the cover?

Yes. Yes it is.

It's a boarding school story that reminded me quite a lot of Harry Potter (though there is no magic here, but that's okay!), and a twisty mystery that made me think of National Treasure, only British. There's a lot going
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Mel (Epic Reading)
3.5 stars. For a debut novel this is pretty good. Nothing super original here in terms of plot: girl sent to boarding school, makes a couple key friends, secret society (passage ways and all), bullying, absent parents, etc. Lots of intrigue, some action, tons of time spent doing homework, some soccer (football), and a good dose of mystery.

Characters
One of the stand-out pieces of Julia Nobel's debut is that the narrative of our lead gal is very strong. Right from the first couple chapters I felt
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Christi M
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you see a cover and just know that this is a book you must read. But I’ve been fooled before by covers, thankfully this wasn’t one of those times. The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is a terrific middle-grade mystery adventure debut novel.

Description:

With a dad who disappeared years ago and a mother who’s a bit too busy to parent, Emmy is shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England, where she’s sure she won’t fit in.

But then she finds a box of mysterious medallion
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Chelsea
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Ignore my usual stingy rating of three stars - I actually did really enjoy this middle grade debut. It’s a tale of mystery and intrigue, but also of friendship. 3 1/2 stars

The story follows young Emmy after her mother sends her to a boarding school in England. While there, Emmy begins to realize there may be more mysterious events happening behind the scenes, events that may even have to do with her missing father.

It’s a nice balance of slightly darker elements and a humorous dynamic among Emm
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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
ugh the Harry Potter-esque feels.

This was hella cute! The boarding school + some Malfoy-esque characters + a McGonagall-like teacher + quidditch being football instead + a secret society are all elements that make for a book I am going to like. I feel deprived that I never got to go to a boarding school as a kid. Weird shit always happens at them! See examples: Harry Potter, Truly Devious, this book.
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is the kind of book I would have LOVED reading as a nine or ten-year-old. It has strong, independent kids with their own unique voices, an intriguing mystery (that the adults are dead-bent on NOT being helpful with), and juuuuust enough creep factor to make a warm blanket desirable.

Emmy's father disappeared when she was a toddler, and her mother is a "parenting expert" that is rarely around and e
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Julie
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this manuscript during Pitch Wars last year and it was FABULOUS. It blew me away and I knew right away it was The One. I can't wait to see it in its final form! It is spooky, mysterious, and absorbing, and I fell in love with the characters from page one. There are many boarding school mysteries out there, but there's something so unique and gorgeous about this one with its spunky cast, vein of family loss and longing, and eerie Gothic setting where no one can be trusted. Keep your eye on ...more
Kales
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is a Harry Potter wanna-be. Literally. I could easily do a "These Books are the Same" video on this.

I understand that this book is a middle grade. But middle grade is not an excuse for lazy writing, weak plot lines and stereotypical characters. We have a trio of meddling kids, a mysterious British boarding school, a couple of teachers--some good, some bad--and a mysterious organization that have it after the main character. And the main character is surprisingly good at a sport. And th
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Sarah Collins
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great story and fun to read. Very Harry Potter-esq minus the magic. A mystery to solve, daring midnight escapades and likeable characters. Although the story wraps up in this book, I want more!
amanda
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

I want to start this book review off by saying that parents who don’t listen to their kids are really annoying and i truly wanted to throttle nearly every parent in this book.

I’m lucky my mom always is and was so active in my life and listened to me and is so involved in my life and my choices because WHEW. Reading this and some of the parenting choices in this made me absolutely want to scream. Your child is a PERSON, respect them.


Ahem, so hi 🙂

Emmy’s dad disappeared when she was three years old
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Abigail
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: School Story Lovers / Middle-Grade Readers Who Enjoy Mystery
Recommended to Abigail by: CLM
When Emmeline Willick's mother, a well-known American parenting expert, gets a job on a television show, leaving her little time to spend with her own daughter, Emmy is shipped off to boarding school in England. Once there, at the prestigious co-educational Wellsworth School, she confronts all of the usual challenges facing a new girl at school: struggling to find her feet socially, to come to terms with her difficult roommate, and to catch up with her studies. Emmy ends up making good friends w ...more
Book Hunter
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a story of Emmy who is shipped off to a boarding school in England while her mother is busy with her career. While there, Emmy begins to realize there may be more mysterious events happening behind the scenes. There's a lot going on in this story - new friendships, secret passages, ancient artifacts and a spooky mystery to solve. The plot moves along at a brisk pace, providing a vast array of characters. This book solves one of the many mysteries, but there is more to be explained, but t ...more
Kiki Z
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2-5-stars
This might have been a book I really would have enjoyed when I was younger. And for kids in the right age group, I'd probably recommend it. But I think anyone over the age of 15 would probably have some issues with it. The characters seem older than the 11 I think they were supposed to be--I honestly just pictured them as 14 or so in my head--and the English boarding school with dark secrets is an overdone trope. There's no real mystery, and nothing much actually happens when you try to map it o ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Emmeline (Emmy) has bounced around from private school to private school since her mother, a child psychology guru, has accepted different jobs. Now that her mother has a television show in development, her mother decides to ship her off to a boarding school in England! Emmy isn't given any choice, so she soon finds herself arriving mid term at Wellsworth, angering her new roommate and being forbidden from playing her beloved soccer. She also has to take Latin, and her h
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
The thing about reading middle grade books as an adult (who does not typically read a lot of MG outside of horror or fantasy) is that, unfortunately, it's really easy to get bored! It's nothing against this book in the slightest — in fact, I think it will go over great with my kiddos at the library, and I'll definitely be adding it to the order form for them! — it just couldn't keep my attention enough for me to justify spending my time on it right now.

Thank you so much to the publisher for prov
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Laurie
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 5-8

Imagine your dad disappeared ten years ago and your mom is too busy with her work to deal with you. This is Emmy's life! On her third birthday her dad went missing and is presumed dead. Her mother writes parenting books and is now starting a reality television show in which she has to go from family to family helping them with their children. Since her mom won't be around she is sending Emmy to a boarding school in England. Emmy is used to moving schools because anytime a scho
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Allie
Ah, this was so good!!

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This book was seriously so good, guys! By the time I started reading this, I had honestly forgotten what it was about so I went in not knowing what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised! It does take a few chapters to get into the main plot line involving the secret society, but the beginning chapters work very well for setting up the world in which this is going on, and once I started getting hints about the society, it just made me even more motivated
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Lana
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mystery Of Black Hollow Lane is so good, I didn’t want it to end! Emmy is shipped to a boarding school in England while her mother is busy with her career. She doesn’t know much about her father, but keeps discovering mysterious pieces from his past.
This book does have a Harry Potter feel to it, but it didn’t take away from the story at all. Emmy was determined to find out more about her father and with each secret she uncovers things get more intense at school, I loved the characters, the
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Mortisha Cassavetes
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I loved this book and can't wait for the next book in the series. This story had every element I love... boarding school, friendships, mean girls and a spooky mystery to solve. The book follows Emmy, a daughter of "parenting expert mom" on TV who is very busy and decides to send her to a boarding school in England. Wellsworth School is a mystery on it's own and Emmy soon finds out her absent father used to attend the school. Emmy and her friends soon stumble on a secret society within the school ...more
Laurie
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interest Level: 5-8

Imagine your dad disappeared ten years ago and your mom is too busy with her work to deal with you. This is Emmy's life! On her third birthday her dad went missing and is presumed dead. Her mother writes parenting books and is now starting a reality television show in which she has to go from family to family helping them with their children. Since her mom won't be around she is sending Emmy to a boarding school in England. Emmy is used to moving schools because anytime a scho
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
I had high hopes for this one but it just fell a bit short.Emmy's dad disappeared years ago and it's just been her and her 'parenting tip' mother. Her mother is going to be staring in a new parenting show so she decided to send Emmy to boarding school in England. Emmy is not happy about this new idea that her mother has but she can't do anything about it. Before she leaves she gets a mysterious message about a hiding place for some medallions. It's the only thing she has of her father so they mu ...more
Robyn
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
hummmmmm...... The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

boarding school in England surrounded by a creepy forest
missing parent... (only one) and one that is not very involved
weird "house" names
strangely devoted instant friends
enemy roommate
tournaments between competitive schools
A strang society called the 'ORDER'
The only thing missing is flying supper trays and moving stairways... shades of Harry Potter!

Thank goodness there is room in the world for several books like this. I hate when a major charact
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James
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james, hardcover
I've had exceptionally good luck with middle grade books recently, and Black Hollow Lane continued the trend. It would be easy to compare this one to Harry Potter: boarding school, three friends who are all kind of outcasts in their own way, a blond bully who might just need love from their parents, mysteries and misdirections, team sports factoring into the story. And if it was just that it might have been derivative. But the comparison to Harry Potter runs deeper in a way that is hard to put i ...more
Jessica
May 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-reads
Dnf at 63% I just couldn't keep reading about the predictable things that the main character would do.
Alina Nshanyan
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
4.5
It was super fun! But the kids felt older than they were supposed to be. They were supposed to be 12 but they were acting like they were 16
CLM
For nice American girls who longed to go to boarding school in England - it might be less fun than you think!

https://perfectretort.blogspot.com/20...
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Clare Lund
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A suspenseful mystery about a long kept secret society who will do practically anything to keep their existence hidden. The British boarding school setting and general snobbery of the students didn’t appeal to me as much, but I did want to keep reading to find out what happened. Ages 10 and up.
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