The Midnight Hour

Scholastic. Mar. 2020. 288p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338569094.
Gr 3-7–Eleven-year-old Emily’s quirky, artsy, garbage-diving mother is the bane of her existence. She’s so embarrassing! And Emily’s dad is just plain boring; all he does is garden and deliver the mail. Then Emily’s mom goes on a mysterious errand one night and disappears altogether. And then, her dad disappears too! When Emily goes in search of them, she finds herself in a completely new world. The Midnight Hour was stopped during London’s Victorian era and all of the world’s magic was held there. Is it in captivity? Or is it for safe-keeping? While Emily goes on the adventure of her lifetime, she meets an eccentric cast of characters who help (and hinder) her along the way. Emily’s coming-of-age story will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, and fantasy lovers will delight in the superb setting.
VERDICT A fast-paced, amusing and endearing tale with a satisfying conclusion. Fun for fans of kooky magical adventure series like Jessica Townsend’s “Nevermoor.”

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