Today we hear from Bookbabbler Bethan…
Escape from Mercy Hall – Garth Edwards
In trouble again with the unpopular headmaster of Mercy Hall, Milly escapes from the orphanage with the help of her friends George and Samuel, and sets out to find her lost older brother, Tom. Little did any of them expect to be bundled through a thorn hedge by shadowy figures, into a strange land of Muttons (flesh-eating sheep), and forbidden changelings. Finding Drago, a slave dog, staked out and at the mercy of the Muttons, they save him. In doing so they learn about the mysterious Rainbow Cave and the strange people, called the Robes, who control the cave and the glowing city beyond. The children travel through the Rainbow Cave itself and discover the Dome, an enormous electro-magnetic power generator, worked by slaves kidnapped from their own world. Can the children escape? Can they help the slaves escape? And are they now changelings themselves?
This is a really good book – I especially liked the part when the thorn hedge opened up and the three children are dragged through into another world they never knew existed.
My favourite character is a girl called Milly because, although her friends Sam, George and Drago the slave dog have very nice characters, when they travel through the rainbow cave and become forbidden changelings they each get special powers and the one Milly gets is my favourite.
If you like exciting fantasy adventures then this is definitely a book for you. There is a cliff-hanger at the end of almost every chapter which makes sure that you never want to put it down ’til you’ve finished it.
I would recommend it to children aged 6+ because some parts might be frightening to younger children.
Thanks, Bethan, and thanks to Inside Pocket Publishing for sending us a copy. It’s here for you to buy now..