A good old-fashioned summer holiday adventure reminiscent of Enid Blyton, Ryder’s delightful debut finds our titular hero embroiled in the exciting investigation of a spooky old house. Well-paced and compellingly plotted, Jack’s Secret Summer is a captivating read.
Join the Secret Summer gang on an unforgettable magical adventure, full of humour and heart - for fans of The Famous Five and Roald Dahl.
Jack has been dreading the summer holidays - his dad works long hours, and so all he has to look forward to is an empty house. But when his boisterous neighbours, Bruno and Rocco, make it their mission to pull him into an adventure, his life will never be the same again.
Together they decide to explore the strange old house at the top of the hill, long abandoned and overgrown with ivy. But they soon discover the ivy hides more than just walls... the house is full of magical secrets, including a strange girl with no memory, who may hold the key to it all, if only she can remember...
Imaginative and fun-filled, Jack Ryder's first story is inspired by the summer holidays of his childhood and brought to life with glorious black-and-white illustrations by Alice McKinley. Young readers will be spellbound by this heartfelt adventure.
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm
Not all questions are answered in this first very readable book by Jack Ryder, but the nines-plus will be pleased to know there will be a sequel next year. * Newbury Weekly News *
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“Fantastic, magical read!”
Behind this story lies a fantastic basis where the possibilities are endless. The story revolves around Jack, ready for a summer holiday of no fun.
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“A summer adventure...but would you look behind the ivy?”
A fantastic story with the biggest cliff hanger - I hope Jack is busy writing the next book! What group of friends wouldn’t want to explore an old mysterious house during their summer holidays. A great adventure -... More
“A fantastic debut.”
A great story from the wonderful imagination of Jack Ryder. Once the boys embark on their adventure, you just want to know more. It’s just the thing that children love, fast moving and funny with great characters .... More
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