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The House of One Hundred Clocks

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  40 reviews
JUNE, 1905.

Helena and her parrot, Orbit, are swept off to Cambridge when her father is appointed clock-winder to one of the wealthiest men in England. There is only one rule: the clocks must never stop.

But Helena discovers the house of one hundred clocks holds many mysteries; a ghostly figure, strange notes and disappearing winding keys… Can she work out its secrets before
Paperback, 353 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Usborne
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Another middle great read that delivers more than it promises! I read this book as a buddy read with another booktuber, and I did not expect to get so much mystery, adventure and overall goodness from it! I loved the main character and her relationship with her father, the side characters were well-developed and each had an interesting backstory; the mystery multiplied in many side-mysteries that kept me glued to the pages! The ending felt a little underwhelming at first, but in the end I thoug
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Disclaimer: A physical copy was provided via US Borne YA in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

I have been privileged enough to have access to some wonderfully written middle grade fiction - The House of One Hundred Clocks was EXACTLY that; a wonderfully mysterious fiction where time meets superstition and friendship + loyalty is tested beyond what is seen!

May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful middle grade historical fiction book set in Edwardian England. The historical setting is beautifully depicted and the atmosphere of mystery and tension, with some gothic elements too, is created better than many adult fiction books manage to do.
I was particularly impressed with how intricate the plot was and how the different strands of the narrative tied together so well at the end. I would highly recommend this book to older children and adults alike as there is so much to
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an amazing, whimsical book! I liked it a little less than the garden of lost secrets, but it still was so enjoyable!
I kind of expected the ending to be a bit darker, and then I remembered this is a middle grade book. Super cute and interesting, with lots of twists and turns and even made me tear up at the end
Helena's father gets a job taking care of the clocks in a house, but there's a rule that must never be broken, none of the clocks must ever stop. Not only that but they aren't allowed to even talk about any of the strange and mysterious happenings in the house.
It's so interesting reading about a different time. I found it funny how Helena and her father are so shocked that there aren't myriad servants and a man actually does the cooking! The descriptions of the clocks sound wonderful, so detaile
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- the position of women in 19th Century England and their lack of opportunities as well as mention of fashion (birds on hats)
- the exotic bird pet and the subject of clocks gives this book a 'marketable' aspect

Not so OK
- lack of pacing and lack of suspense
- lack of feeling towards the characters and the events unfolding
- the anticlimactic reveal

A lot of potential but needs to be tighter with more suspense to keep the reader wanting more
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Read- June 2020 for the MakeYourMythTaker Readathon (Royal Spy- Royal Colours on the Cover)
- I was really interested in this, mainly because I literally knew nothing about it going in aside from the fact that it's historical, mystery middle grade (aka, my favourite thing to read these days). The strongest part of this book was the intrigue, I just couldn't wait to find out how this all unravelled.
Eve McDonnell
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The House of One Hundred Clocks is a beautifully written who-dunnit story filled with intrigue, mystery and a very cool parrot called Orbit! A.M. Howell captures Helena's 1900s world perfectly with interesting nods to the inventions, traditions and fashions of the day. Beneath all the questions lies a lovely story of family, friendship and letting go. Perfect for 8+
PS What a gorgeous cover!
Mike Watson
A reasonable yarn...

Ok - I had high hopes but ended up underwhelmed.
I liked the character profiles, the historical links, although they did feel a little contrived at times. The flow of the story was good and it moved at a satisfying pace.
However, the whole package just felt like there was something missing and I am not really sure what that is. The connection to the Victorian history, the changes in women’s rights and access to education was great and an important piece of history. I suppose I
Ankita Sahani
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Don’t let the past stop you from moving forward, Florence.”

Throughout the novel, this is the underlying theme. The grief that comes with the loss of a loved one and how one copes with the ever stabbing pain in their heart.

11-years-old Helena's life has turned upside down after the death of her mother. From coming to terms with her father's workaholism after his wife's death, to leaving the house that holds all their precious family memories as she had to change towns because of her father's fix
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Thank you so much to Usborne Publishing for providing me with a copy of The House of 100 Clocks in exchange for an honest review!

Helena doesn’t want to move to Cambridge with her father, to take a job as a clock minder. Especially when she gets a glimpse of the contract he has to sign. It seems like it says they will lose all of their possessions if the clocks stop, or are damaged, but that couldn’t possibly be right, could it? She hopes not, because there’s no way she could lose her parrot, Or
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adored A.M Howell’s debut, so I’m pleased to report for anyone who felt the same but hasn’t yet read this that her second is even better! It’s about a girl named Helena, whose clock-winder father accepts a very unusual job: they must move to a house in Cambridge, and the hundred clocks in the house there must never stop, or they will be stripped of all their worldly possessions. I was so intrigued by the concept and I loved piecing together what was really happening as the book went on; it was ...more
Aysha Abrar
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely lovely! I was just so connected to the characters in the story. It had mystery, tragedy, friendship and so much more! Why I personally loved this book so much is because I love mysteries and this book just had it all. There were so many mysteries and stuff which were said in parts of the book that I really hadn't paid much attention to, but as I read on further I realized how wonderfully A.M Howell has written this book. And it was just so fun uncovering the secrets as y ...more
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Set in 1905 this thrilling mystery tells the story of Helena and her parrot, Orbit, who move to Cambridge when her father gets a new job as a clock-winder in the House of One Hundred Clocks. There is only one rule: the clocks must never stop. Soon Helena realises that the house holds many mysteries but can she work out its secrets before time runs out? Available to borrow on BorrowBox:
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Mary Judy
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully crafted descriptions of 19th century England, an eerie household and the ticking and clanging of the multitude of clocks within its walls set the scene perfectly for a tale of friendship and courage to stand up against authority with the feel of a classic, historical mystery novel. With nuance and grace, it navigates through the many twists and turns, secrets and lies as the friendship between Helena and Florence unfolds and together they find the strength to fight for their families ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it

Cross-dressing for a child does take place in this book. Altho I think it is shown in a negative light. A family haunted by a tragedy and some mental instability. Also women's rights is touched upon in the book, but I don't think it is crammed down your throat. I also appreciate the fact that we are shown that there are boundaries we shouldn't cross in our battles for change.
Jessie Dickinson
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful written mystery novel. It was set in 1905 and I learnt some new things throughout the book. The is a “who done it” story filled with charm, mystery & history. Throughout the book I was intrigued by the events that were happening, which made me not want to put the book down. I enjoyed piecing together what was happening. It was a beautiful story. I feel in love with all the characters; even the pet parrot, Orbit. ...more
Meredith Waggoner
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
What I liked about this book: I feel like my new hobby is to collect books that remind me of Enola Holmes and I’m not even mad!!! I wish more people new about this sweet, mysterious and whimsical little book. A delightful and heartfelt read from beginning to end.

What I didn’t like: Some of the characters seemed to lack depth, but I really think that’s just because this is a middle grade!

Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent children’s book. Come back to for examples of:
- Women’s rights across history
- Emotive endings showing a range of complex emotions
- Very good portrayal of how characters are complicated not just good or bad
- Formal/ aged writing
- Description (esp sound)
- Explanation of how a writer comes to write a strong story/ gets inspired
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book; it was a fairly easy and quick read, aimed mainly at maybe 9 - 13 year olds. There was a lot to think about, quite a few characters . Cars were around now and flight was beginning to be seen as a possibility. Women were able to university to study but they weren't allowed to get a degree! Lots to think about.
Christina Reid
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved A. M. Howell's first book, The Garden of Lost Secrets, so I was really excited to read this...and loved it even more than her first book!
This book throws you straight into the intrigue, with Helena's father being employed to care for all of the clocks in a mysterious house where each and every room is filled with them. The job opportunity seems almost too good to be true, as her father signs a strange contract promising to never let a single clock stop. The mystery deepens when Helena me
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Victorian family mystery that keeps you guessing.
Neels Hattingh
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect story. Loved it all the way from the beginning to the end.
Written really well and ideal for younger readers.
Charlotte Burns
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant historical middle grade with a great mystery and a wonderful cast of characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely story, I enjoyed it especially because clocks fascinate me very much.
Kerrie Reid
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! The Edwardian setting, the imagery. Everything about this book is delightful!!!!
Sara Oliver
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully crafted piece of writing

A must read, escapism at its finest.
I didn't want to put this story down!
I look forward to reading more from this author.
Lynda Zayas
I found this book to be slow and underwhelming. Takes almost 300 pages just to get anywhere or some answers and by that point it’s the end of the book
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