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The Secret of White Stone Gate

(Black Hollow Lane #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  729 ratings  ·  121 reviews
In this exciting sequel to The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane, Emmy's adventures continue as she deals with a sinister organization, a missing father, and secrets she's not sure who to trust with.

After spending the summer at home, Emmy cannot wait to return to Wellsworth for the new school year and reunite with her best friends, Lola and Jack. Before she leaves Emmy receives
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Sourcebooks Young Readers
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Mel (Epic Reading)
This is a very unbalanced story. So unbalanced that I struggle with what to rate it as... I've gone with 3 stars as that is right in the middle and as neutral as I can get. What I want to rate it is as 2 stars for the first 80% that is boring and seriously lacking plot; but 5 stars for the explosive ending.
We are dropped into the story a couple of months after book 1. Everyone is back at the school, our lead gal's father's mystery is mostly still shrouded (plus the spoiler from book 1 is known)
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two books in, this remains a solid middle reader series.

Nobel’s characters and their adventures continue to be appealing for both young readers and adults, and though the setting wasn’t as prominent in this installment, it remains a good one.

It’s a little disappointing that the story doesn’t really make any progress in this book. Plot points occur, action ensues, but in the end, the reader knows very little more about the Order or the greater plot than they did at the end of book one. I’m not
Christi M
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
In The Secret of White Stone Gate, loyalties and friendships are tested as the Order of the Black Hollow Lane blackmail, threaten, and do whatever else they can think up with the goal of convincing Emmy to give them what they want – her father.

The end of the summer break is finally over and Emmy is excited to be heading back to school, with one exception. Her mother is now requiring her to check in with some family members who live in England – family members whose only concerned that Emmy might
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoyed 'The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane'
American schoolgirl Emmeline Willick returns for her second year at British coeducational boarding school Wellsworth in this sequel to The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane . Happy to be with her friends Lola and Jack again, Emmy thinks that she is done with the sinister Order of Black Hollow Lane. A secret society made up of some of the most powerful people in the UK, recruited during their time at Wellsworth, the Order had once included Emmy's own father, who had had to fake his own death to esc ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is quite a solid sequel, even though it's not as eventful and fast-paced as the first book. We spend more time getting to know the main trio and some other new characters as well. I still wish there was a bit more variety plotwise but overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I'm excited about any possible sequels! ...more
I really loved the first book but this one wasn’t it for me:(
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to The Mystery at Black Hollow Lane. It’s been several months since I read the first one and I easily picked up the storyline without missing a beat. I’m not sure if it was the story or just enjoying being deeper into this series, but I actually enjoyed reading this one even more than the first! I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment!
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for this advanced copy!
Kimberly Reads Books
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, middle-grades
Set in a mysterious old boarding school in England, The Secret of White Stone Gate is the second in the Black Hollow Lane series from Julia Nobel. All of the wonderful characters from the first book with a few additions have returned to Wellsworth for the new term. We still find Emmy attempting to hide the truth about her father from the Order, but once again they will stop at nothing to find the truth.

The setting and the relationships between the characters are truly the selling points for thi
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Black Hollow Lane series which follows a young girl named Emmy who is shipped off to a boarding school to England by her mother.

You can read my full review of that book on my blog here: click me

We're back at Wellsworth Boarding School for year 2 of Emmy's studies and even more dangerous adventures!!


Once again, this reminded me a lot of Harry Potter but with not so much of the magic and charm. There's even some Dursley-ish characters thrown in but they'r
Shaye Miller
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last year I picked up book #1 in this series, The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane, and I was lured into the story very quickly. Since it’s a second book in a series, I cannot share much about the plot without spoiling book #1. However, for those who know nothing about this series, I’ll share a clip of my review last year:

Emmy lost her father on her third birthday and her “parenting expert” mother has shipped her off to Wellsworth boarding school when her work (in the US) gets incredibly busy. Emmy
Rylanne Burdette
This book was just as fun as the first in the series, and I am really hoping that a third book gets announced soon so I can continue this adventure with Emmy! Similar to the first book, Emmy has a mystery to solve regarding her father and the Order of Black Hollow Lane, but it didn’t feel repetitive in any way whatsoever. The stakes are raised when Emmy’s best friend, Lola, is blamed for something she didn’t do and becomes a target for the Order. Emmy must figure out how to save her friend witho ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows Mystery of Black Hollow Lane. Emmy has returned to boarding school in England. She thought the Order of Black Hollow Lane was done with her, but they want access to her father. Lola gets kicked out of school and that is when Emma finds out the Order are still after her and will promote harm against her friends and family to get her tell them her father's location. Emmy doesn't know where her father is, and she tries to fight this battle without the adults she can trust and with ...more
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
I read this immediately after reading the first in the Series, MYSTERY OF BLACK HOLLOW LANE. I adored this mystery equally. Author Julia Nobel certainly comprehends the minds of her young adolescent subjects (12 in the first book, 13 in this) and makes me recall some of my thoughts and feelings from back in the day. I even more than once found myself responding and mentally speaking out on protagonist Emmy's behalf (especially in regard to certain authority figures and busybodies wannabe authori ...more
Jen Solak
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in this series was another wonderful mystery with suspicions cast everywhere and our main character never knowing quite who to trust. With her two best friends by her side Emmy is determined to stay away from the secret society that tried to kill her, but when her friends become targets she has no choice but to once again match wits with them. My only complaint is that I don’t know if this will be the last book or if we get a book 3! I would love to read more. One word of caution ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sequel that ramps up the stakes and gives us more of Emmy vs the Order. In this one, the people close to Emmy are being punished for her refusal to hand over either the medals or information on her father's whereabouts. She is between a rock and a hard place, for sure! With an action scene that could be a part of the Mission Possible franchise, we race to a satisfactory ending with hopes for a trilogy.

Thank you to Sourcebooks and Edelweiss for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent follow up to the first book. 💫
Sarah Knope
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much. I hope we get another book in the series!
Just as good as the first book
* Maru * (FellInLoveWithABook)
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The Secret of White Stone Gate was a fun middle grade book about three best friends at an English boarding school banding together to solve a mystery: who stole the charity money they helped raise. I liked all the characters. Emmy was a great main character and her friends, Lola and Jack are also well written. I did guess one of the plot twists but not both. But it was also slightly problematic for me as it had too many plot parallels to Harry Potter. Three best friends solving mysteries in an E ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
An utter disappointment of a sequel to a smashing series debut novel.
gabrielle s.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Alysa H.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
While not as good as the previous installment, this is a solid Middle Grade read with engaging characters and setting.

Emmy and her friends face threats that never feels quite High Stakes enough for the reader, though if you try to put yourself in their shoes (as I suspect younger readers might), the threats become worse for their mundanity. Your best friend getting framed for theft and kicked out of school? Could happen. Discovering a secret society with chambers deep beneath your school? Proba
Becky B
Emmy is back for her second year of school at Wellsworth, and though the Order’s man who tried kill her last year is no longer on staff, the Order still has a definite presence at the school. And they are still determined to use Emmy to get at the medallions they are pretty sure are still in her dad’s possession. Emmy isn’t going to give in to their bullying to give them access to something so dangerous for the rest of the world. But then they start threatening the people she loves. They start b ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4. 5 starts. I didn't know a book could exceed my expectations when they're literally already sky high. But guess what, THIS BOOK DID IT. It kept the story interesting and raised the stakes even higher than the first book. I really felt the threat of the secret society and the emotional punches this book pulled on me (both in terms of friendship plotline and parental figure plotline) are both as much if not more than the first book.

I love the nuance of the new characters introduced, also I can'
Hope Grietzer
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane, Emmy flies back to England and her friends at the Wellsworth boarding school for another semester of intrigue and mystery. Details needed from the first book are seamlessly woven into the early chapters, so the reader is smoothly launched into this new adventure.

The plot jumps into high gear as the secretive Order pressures Emmy to reveal her father’s location. Other than a cryptic note to “Trust no one”, Emmy’s had no recent communication from
Elliot Smith
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In The Secret of White Stone Gate, Julia Nobel showcases her skill at creating realistic plots and characters and writing a story that feels as fantastical as any fantasy.

Nobel perfectly balances the need for the mystery to be larger than life to be entertaining, while remaining grounded enough that a reader can easily believe they might stubble upon a conspiracy like the one Emmy and her friends unravel within. The Secret of White Stone Gate shines among its peers for being a book in which you
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
The ending to this mystery series was very unsatisfying. It left me hungry. It was like going into a restaurant and ordering a juicy hamburger only for it to arrive at the table dryer than a dry sock.

The book dragged from page one, the mystery wasn't even compelling as it wasn't really a mystery. And the Secret of White Stone Gate? What secret? The tunnels played a part in only one chapter and that was the third to last chapter, I believe. The plot twists weren't good nor were they surprising, t
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020myrca
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, THE MYSTERY OF BLACK HOLLOW LANE, and I've been looking forward to reading the sequel.

Emmy returns to Wellsworth for her second year, desperately hoping the drama from last year is over, but she learns very quickly that is not the case. Louisa is expelled from school for a crime that she did not commit, and the Emmy and Jack are determined to figure out who set her up and how to get
The 2nd book continues a few months after the conclusion of book 1, The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane. I really enjoyed that book, it set the stage for this series with its many layers, interesting characters, and plot. While being familiar with most of the players there were a few new ones that added interest, intrigue and had me wondering if I could trust any of them.

That being said I didn’t find this one as captivating as the first one, I missed the many layers and a number of plot points remi
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