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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

BOOK REVIEW - House on the Hill: A Cat and Mouse Adventure by Karen Lee Field

House on the Hill
Series: A Cat and Mouse Adventure
Author: Karen Lee Field
Genre: Middle Grade Action & Adventure
Publication Date: July 9th, 2019

Book Description:
Eleven-year-old twins, Cat and Mouse, crave adventure but when the school bully talks them into taking a ride on a dodgy-looking canoe, they know it can only lead to disaster. Proven right, they must learn how to deal with the bully and the man who lives in the sinister house on the hill.

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MY REVIEW

Twins Angus and Cat, along with Angus's best friend, Del, find themselves in a bit of a bother while seeking adventure when school bully, Bradley, challenges them to take a ride down the river in a rusty canoe. The gang soon realise their mistake when their canoe capsizes and they are left stranded with a bully and having to evade capture by the stranger who lives in the isolated house on the hill.

For the most part, this book was an enjoyable read. I liked the characters. I thought the author gave an authentic portrayal of preadolescent kids full of adrenaline and an excitement for life. I didn't like the ending. It was somewhat underwhelming in the sense that the suspense that was built up throughout the story wasn't afforded a climactic ending, particularly with the inclusion of the second resident of the house on the hill, the identity of whom further undermined the threat of danger. The story certainly demonstrated how wild a child's imagination can be, but I thought the plot could have turned out in a way to better complement the imagination of the protagonists.

Overall, it was still an enjoyable and quick read.

VERDICT:


SILVER

Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Review copy via author

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