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The Palace Library

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Three children stumble upon an extraordinary library in an old house. Armed with magical books, and accompanied by an enchanting deerhound, they leave through a door that takes them to a world in the past.

Beyond the door, a kingdom is in crisis. The Great Sword of State has been stolen and destroyed. The Queen reveals an ancient prophecy that says only children can replace the Sword and she sends them on a journey that takes them beyond the world’s end.

The children must unlock the secrets in their books as they face storms, fight traitors and tackle dragons. Without knowing who they can n trust, can they succeed?

* from Netgalley

Hott Review of The Palace Library:

Loved it!
What I liked: I enjoyed The Palace Library so much that I bought copies for my middle-grade readers before I was even finished!
I loved that The Palace Library is about a brother, sister, and their cousin. It starts at their uncle’s home in the country. It almost feels like a more comfortable and peaceful Narnian beginning. They do jump right into the adventure though and there aren’t any slow or drawn out areas that will bore reluctant readers.
While it’s not a Christian book, they do discuss how prayer helps to put away fears.
All in all, The Palace Library is one of the best middle-grade books I’ve read that will appeal to both boys and girls.
What I didn’t like: The only sections that may offend are that Harry needed to smoke the dragons to sleep. Though he then talks about how disgusting it is. They also discuss having mead for their meal.
There is only one “battle” and it’s very minor only about two paragraphs. To me, the most concerning thing in The Palace Library was that one of the people tried to take their own life. It was a sentence and the person was stopped though so it probably won’t make much of an impact.

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Author: Steven Loveridge
Source: NetGalley | Lent to me in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher & Date: November 5th 2012 by Createspace
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy Adventure
ISBN: 148017663X (ISBN13: 9781480176638)
Pages: 194
Grade: A
Ages: 8-14 | All ages
Steam: N/A
Setting: England
Series: The Palace Library Series
The Palace Library
The Palace Library
Guardians of The Scroll
Guardians of The Scroll

Author Bio:

Steven LoveridgeSteven Loveridge is the author of The Palace Library, the first in a series of children’s books for 8-12 year olds about three children who discover a hidden library full of magical books. The sequel is Guardians of The Scroll.

Steven is 46 and lives in Dorset in England with his wife and their young children, a cocker spaniel called Bella, a horse and several ponies.

Steven read history at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He still believes that all libraries have magical books in them somewhere.

Websites & Links: Steven Loveridge's website Steven Loveridge's twitter Steven Loveridge's facebook

 

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