Deep within the enchanted woods in the town of Watch Hollow stands the once-grand Blackford House, whose halls hold a magical secret: a giant cuckoo clock that does much more than tell time. But when the clock’s gears cease to turn, an evil presence lurking among the trees begins to come out of the shadows.
When Lucy and Oliver Tinker arrive in Watch Hollow, they have no idea that anything is wrong. A mysterious stranger has made their father an offer that’s too good for him to refuse. All Mr. Tinker needs to do is fix the clock at Blackford House and fistfuls of gold coins are his to keep.
It doesn’t take long, however, for the children to realize that there is more to Blackford House than meets the eye. And before they can entirely understand the strange world they’ve stumbled into, Lucy and Oliver must join forces with a host of magical clock animals to defeat the Garr—a vicious monster that not only wants Blackford House for itself, but also seeks to destroy everything the Tinkers hold dear.
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Thrilling and very well developed! I was not expecting to enjoy this middle-school read as much as I did and at times forgot its intended audience because it was extremely entertaining. Watch Hollow could easily be classified as a young adult novel with the amount of thrill and intrigue and I'm lucky to find such a gem written for this reading level.
I host a book club for a group of teens taken from domestic abuse and trafficking situations and it is hard to find a clean read that does not have any triggers and sensitive material to navigate around. I feel lucky to have found this one! Watch Hollow is an inspiring book of hope, showcasing the power of love and the strength in opening up. This story advocates for vulnerability because when the characters shared the weight of their struggles, they were able to overcome the shadows literally crawling closer to them together as one. I can't wait to buy each one of my girls a copy to help them escape reality for a bit with this gripping read.
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Jan 23 - Feb 19, 2019