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The Midnight Hour

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When Big Ben sounds the stroke of midnight, Emily’s parents vanish.

As an adventurous eleven year old, Emily packs her sandwiches and her hedgehog, Hoggin, and heads into the Midnight Hour. A Victorian London frozen in time, the Midnight Hour is a magical place of sanctuary and of peril dreamt up by children – and inhabited by monsters of legend, creatures of the imaginatio
Published February 7th 2019 by Chicken House Books
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Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This middle grade fantasy tells the story of a girl named Emily as her parents vanish into the world of the Midnight Hour (a Victorian London frozen in time, where lots of weird and wild magical creatures live) and she must set off to save them, accompanied only by a runaway mouth that lands her in trouble a lot, a hedgehog and some sandwiches. I initially struggled a little to understand the world and what it was, which made it slightly tricky for me to get into the book, but I really started t ...more
Gabriela Pop
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A wonderfully heartfelt and fun story! Full of all the whimsy and spunk one could want,some compelling worldbuilding and magic system, cool parents and a feisty little protagonist to follow around. I was taken away by this, but ultimately it did have a certain je ne sais quois missing. Still enjoyed it nevertheless.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything I could possibly want I got in this book: BRILLIANT characters, magic, some kind of mythology, funny and witty. Pair all of this with beautiful and interesting settings from libraries, to Big Ben and you have a book that is just exceptional.
Katie Fellows
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic quick paced read- Hoggins steals the show!
IN SUMMARY: A truly fun adventure. THE MIDNIGHT HOUR is pacy, fantastical, fun, and sure to entertain and engage readers of all ages.


THE MIDNIGHT HOUR is a roaring adventure between our world and the landscape of a supernatural Victorian London at the peak of night. Though the voice is clunky and juvenile and relied on telling over showing at key moments, the story carries its own charm and whimsy that you can't help but enjoy yourself. The cast of characters is huge and wildly v
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I work in a book shop and we were lucky enough to get a proof copy of this book. I'd been looking forward to reading it ever since it was announced. Having been a fan of Laura and Benjamin's work for a while now I actually squealed out loud when I saw it.

Emma is a young lady with a big gob, one that frequently get her into trouble. Her parents have been keeping secrets, and soon Emma finds herself drawn into a world occupied by all manner of magical creatures, with just a bag of snacks and a hed
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great read for any lover of adventures into fae realms. A very light hearted, action packed, heart warming story of a brave young lady who crosses the barrier between world to saver her parents of an unknown threat.

I specially love the idea of The Midnight Hour and how it entangles with the real world and the imagination surround it. To be honest, mixing reality and fantasy is one of my weaknesses, so I thoroughly enjoy these kind of stories. A great surprise was the main characters a
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excitement as a normal evening in a house in London has a Midnight postal delivery. Emily knows there is no postal service so overhears her artful, hedgehog rescuing mother say she needs to go help as a family member is in trouble.
Emily & her mother had a huge argument they both have "the gob'" on them which I found rather a handsome trait to have when Emily sets out after her father goes missing too.
Questioning everything & going with her gut Emily meets allies & enemies as she use
Danni Jervis
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful little adventure set both in the modern world and in the victorian era.

The concept of the Midnight hour is cleverly executed and the cast of fantastical creatures are very unique in making this not just another random magical adventure.

The story sets up for a series judging by its ending so I am eager to see where it goes.
Julia Marsen dyer
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Fans of Nevermoor will love this quirky debut, fizzing with humour, scares and vivid world-building.' THE BOOKSELLER

The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read (author)and Laura Trinder (illustrator)published on the 7th February

Emily has one of those really embarrassing mums and Emily’s mum has one of those really argumentative daughters- a match made in heaven. Emily is swiftly forced to realise that she doesn’t know much about who her parents really are and when they disappear in short succession Emi
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Valentine Frenett
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great setting and characters. The action was exciting and i loved the hedgepig.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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3/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

This was a cute and magical story that I flew through. I really enjoyed the world the authors came up with and am looking forward to the sequel - that ending demands one!
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is as equally gorgeous on the inside as its cover suggests. Emily is a brilliant main character; I loved how her ‘gob’ was always getting her in trouble! When she teamed up with her silent partner Hoggin, and packed a rucksack of sandwiches, I knew I was in for a real treat.

Although Emily’s parents aren’t actually in the book that much (she has to go and save them), when we meet them at the start of the story, Emily’s relationship with them felt very realistic. I’m sure most young teen
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a2, a5, chicken-house, feb, nyp, 2018
A fantastic start to what promises to be a brilliant new series. It does suffer a little, like an increasing number of books, from 'Hero has no idea what's going on and no one tells them' which can make a book hard to follow if it's all from the hero's point of view. But once Emily starts understanding what's happening, things pick up and it's non stop to the conclusion.

I hope this series runs for a long time. It deserves to, and there's plenty more stories of the Midnight Hour to be told.

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Benjamin Read writes comics and makes films. He wrote the multiply award-nominated PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE, the silent comic BUTTERFLY GATE, and children’s book, NIGHT POST, as well as the TRUE GRIT and SUPER 8 comic adaptations. He also wrote and produced the films ARMISTICE and 500 MILES NORTH. He is one of the founder members of the Improper Books comics collective, and is fuelled princi ...more