Published: 28/07/2017
ISBN: 9781788032537
eISBN: 9781788031493
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Catherine Rosevear lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband, her two children and a Tibetan Terrier. She's always enjoyed reading children's books, especially the Paddington books by Michael Bond and ... read more

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The Secret of the Wooden Chest
by Catherine Rosevear

The Secret of the Wooden Chest follows a girl named Hannah, who lives with her parents in a flat above a nursing home. As an only child, Hannah loves to make friends with the people who live in the nursing home, and so she is excited when one day she hears that a new lady is moving in – a mysterious Italian lady called Mrs Oberto.

At first Mrs Oberto seems quite grumpy, but eventually she and Hannah become friends. However, despite their friendship, Hannah can’t persuade her new friend to tell her what secret lies within an old wooden chest that she keeps on her bedside table. It isn’t until Mrs Oberto becomes seriously ill and is taken to hospital, that she needs Hannah’s help to open the wooden chest. Will Hannah be able to use the mysterious object inside it to help Mrs Oberto to get better..?

As the adventure takes off, Hannah has the chance to speak to a girl from ancient Roman times and finds out that if she wants to help Mrs Oberto to get better, she will need the help of a Roman god! The Secret of the Wooden Chest features friendship, humour, mystery and a touch of magic.

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.5 stars.
This is such a LOVELY book! Its beautifully written and such a sweet story about a girl named Hannah, an old lady named Mrs Oberto and a little secret magical friend named Tranaquil. The relationship Hannah has with the ladies at the retirement home was really nice to read about. The story flowed really well and I can easily see this being popular.

Part way through this I kept thinking this would make a really good series, so it was utter delight to find out that this will indeed be the beginning of one! I cannot wait to read the rest.

I definitely recommend this to all kids and especially those who are interested in anything to do with Roman times.

Well done to Catherine Rosevear for such a great book, I will keep my eyes out for the next one!

by Rachel McKitterick

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. I read it with my grandchildren, a very good bedtime story book. The relationship between Hannah and the old ladies in the home was good. We loved the fact that the book was an introduction to more adventures for Hannah in the future and we look forward to reading them together at bedtimes.

by Gail Wylde


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