Dotty and the Calendar House Key (The Dotty Series) (Volume 1)

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9781517326807: Dotty and the Calendar House Key (The Dotty Series) (Volume 1)

Award-winning middle grade fiction from Emma Warner-Reed. Dotty Parsons is just an ordinary nine and a half year old girl living on an unassuming suburban street in Cardiff – or so she thinks. After a tragic firework accident at her home kills both Dotty’s parents and the family pets all in one go, Dotty is forced to leave her beloved Cardiff and her best friend, Sylv, and to move ‘up North’, to Yorkshire. There, she is to live with a great uncle she never knew she had in a creepy old house in the country. But, as if this isn’t enough to deal with, it seems that things are far from what they seem in her new home. As Dotty is constantly disturbed by noises coming from the chimneys, she soon suspects that everything is not as it seems at the Calendar House. The old cook tells Dotty that the noises come from jackdaws nesting in the chimneys, but Dotty struggles to believe her story. So just what IS going on in the chimneys of the Calendar House, and what is the big secret that lies just the other side of Great Uncle Winchester’s study window? Follow Dotty on a voyage of magical discovery as she journeys into ‘deepest, darkest Yorkshire’. Join the feisty little Welsh girl as she unearths the secrets of The Calendar House: her mother’s mysterious family home; laugh at the antics of the eccentric but kindly housekeeper, Mrs Gobbins; watch her as she meets new friends and allies Pip and Geoff the dog and cheer them on as they defeat a plethora of unsavoury and frightening characters. From evil sweep traders Porguss and Poachling, to Strake, Great Uncle Winchester’s odiously creepy private secretary; be prepared for an ‘edge of your seat’ ride from beginning to end. This spellbinding fantasy adventure is a must-read for 8-12 year olds. DOTTY and the Calendar House Key has been described as ‘Secret Garden meets Diagon Alley’. Children who enjoy magical fantasy adventures will love this book. Deals with universal themes of childhood loneliness, loss, family, friendships, justice and triumph of good over evil - all handled with a delightful lightness of touch that gives the book an almost bygone era feel. Laced with just the right amount of gentle humour. DOTTY and the Calendar House Key is the first book in the DOTTY series. Dotty’s second big adventure, DOTTY and the Chimney Thief, is due out in 2016. For more news, information and excerpts from The DOTTY Series, go to: www.thedottyseries.com

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Emma Warner-Reed is a qualified lawyer, academic and author of legal textbooks for both Routledge and Longman Pearson. Emma lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her husband and four young children, where she has recently gone off grid to home school and enjoy a bit of ‘the good life’. DOTTY and the Calendar House Key is the first novel in The DOTTY Series. The second book, DOTTY and the Chimney Thief, is due out in October 2016

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What people have to say about DOTTY: "Author Emma Warner-Reed has penned a magnificent children's book with suspense that builds as young readers are drawn into the mystery surrounding Dotty's new home. Dotty and the Calendar House Key is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval." Literary Classics "Dotty and the Calendar House Key has truly fired my daughter's imagination for the first time since Harry Potter. Beautifully written and exciting. The Secret Garden meets Diagon Alley. Fabulous!" Alexandra Vere, Harrogate "I really liked the [first] book. It was a bit scary when Dotty found herself in Uncle Winchester's private study. But most of the books I read are a bit scary so that was okay. I would read the other books in the series. Go Team Dotty!" Betty, age 7, Amazon "My son has just read the first [book] and thinks it's brilliant - high praise since he has very decided opinions about what he reads." P. Uglow, Harrogate "Enchanting, innocent and lovely with just the right amount of modern technology...a great read for a grown up 7 year old! She loved it... When is the next one coming out?" A. Little, Amazon "I read [the first chapter] to the children tonight and they were instantly back to being as gripped as they were by the first book. They both laughed out loud at the wonderful descriptions of Gobby in the kitchen covered in flour (again) and the way she asked Kenny to remove Geoff! They cannot wait to find out what happens next." J. Johnson, Stallingborough

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