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Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures. When she steals a house-shaped ornament from a mysterious woman's purse, she knocks on its tiny door and watches it grow into a huge, higgledy-piggeldy house. Inside she finds a host of magical and brilliantly funny characters, including Flabberghast – a young wizard who’s parti Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures. When she steals a house-shaped ornament from a mysterious woman's purse, she knocks on its tiny door and watches it grow into a huge, higgledy-piggeldy house. Inside she finds a host of magical and brilliantly funny characters, including Flabberghast – a young wizard who’s particularly competitive at hopscotch – and a hideous troll housekeeper who’s emotionally attached to his feather duster. They have been placed under an extraordinary spell, which they are desperate for Nine to break. If she can, maybe they can offer her a new life in return…


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Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures. When she steals a house-shaped ornament from a mysterious woman's purse, she knocks on its tiny door and watches it grow into a huge, higgledy-piggeldy house. Inside she finds a host of magical and brilliantly funny characters, including Flabberghast – a young wizard who’s parti Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures. When she steals a house-shaped ornament from a mysterious woman's purse, she knocks on its tiny door and watches it grow into a huge, higgledy-piggeldy house. Inside she finds a host of magical and brilliantly funny characters, including Flabberghast – a young wizard who’s particularly competitive at hopscotch – and a hideous troll housekeeper who’s emotionally attached to his feather duster. They have been placed under an extraordinary spell, which they are desperate for Nine to break. If she can, maybe they can offer her a new life in return…

30 review for The House at the Edge of Magic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Milou

    It isn’t often that I read a book in a single sitting, even middle grade. But this one did it for me. And sure, it was a shorter book (240 pages). But it was also immensly readable and a whole lot of fun. We follow Nine, and orphaned thiefling who finds herself inside a magical house, inhabited by Dr Spoon the alchemist, Eric the troll housekeeper, and Flabberghast, High Wizard, Chair of the Tea Tasters Committee, World Hopscotch Champion 1835. The house is cursed… the inhabitants cannot leave it It isn’t often that I read a book in a single sitting, even middle grade. But this one did it for me. And sure, it was a shorter book (240 pages). But it was also immensly readable and a whole lot of fun. We follow Nine, and orphaned thiefling who finds herself inside a magical house, inhabited by Dr Spoon the alchemist, Eric the troll housekeeper, and Flabberghast, High Wizard, Chair of the Tea Tasters Committee, World Hopscotch Champion 1835. The house is cursed… the inhabitants cannot leave it, the toilets moves around, the toad’s tongue is missing so they cannot move around, and worst of all: they cannot open the tea cupboard. And Nine is the only one who can break this curse. Nine was a great character. She is feisty and has had to learn to fend for her own and never show weakness. So yes she helps out, but only for the reward. She doesn’t say sorry, or thank you. She isn’t nice, but after what she has been through, she shouldn’t be. Seeing her grow and find kindness throughout the story is just wonderful to read. Eric is the cutest and I want to adopt him. Flabberghast is very reminiscent of Howl (though the magical, moving house also adds to this feeling). I would have liked to have seen more of the house. Sure we see the garden and its bats with acid dung, we see the crypt of the Somtimes-Dead, the skeleton in the closet, the burping sugar-bowl and the growning staircase. And all this made me hungry for more. For example, we never got to see Nine’s room. But it looks like there will be a sequel, so maybe we will see more then. This book was utterly ridiculous, magical and so much fun! I adored it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    A fun middle-grade read. Nine is an orphan. Her thieving leads her to the house of Dr Spoon the alchemist, Eric the troll housekeeper, and Flabberghast, High Wizard. The house is cursed, the people living inside cannot leave the house. Furthermore, the tea cupboard is cursed, too. It cannot be opened. Flabberghast has had to go without tea for ages now. Of course, Nine is the only one who can break the curse. The book is full of fun and I enjoyed every page. I'm hoping there will be a sequel whi A fun middle-grade read. Nine is an orphan. Her thieving leads her to the house of Dr Spoon the alchemist, Eric the troll housekeeper, and Flabberghast, High Wizard. The house is cursed, the people living inside cannot leave the house. Furthermore, the tea cupboard is cursed, too. It cannot be opened. Flabberghast has had to go without tea for ages now. Of course, Nine is the only one who can break the curse. The book is full of fun and I enjoyed every page. I'm hoping there will be a sequel which shows some more of the quirky rooms in the House at the Edge of Magic.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Resh (The Book Satchel)

    Nine is a pickpocket who steals an ornament from an old lady. Turns out it is a cursed houses where a group of eccentric characters live — a talking spoon, a housekeeping troll Eric, a wizard Flabberghast who is a champion at hopscotch. Nine and her new friends must break the spell to escape. There are thrills are surprises — walking toilets, enchanted cupboards and more. I liked the imagination and the wonders (and curses) the house springs up. However the book could've used a better grasp on t Nine is a pickpocket who steals an ornament from an old lady. Turns out it is a cursed houses where a group of eccentric characters live — a talking spoon, a housekeeping troll Eric, a wizard Flabberghast who is a champion at hopscotch. Nine and her new friends must break the spell to escape. There are thrills are surprises — walking toilets, enchanted cupboards and more. I liked the imagination and the wonders (and curses) the house springs up. However the book could've used a better grasp on the plot and characters. Much thanks to Walker for an e-copy. All opinions are my own. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

  4. 4 out of 5

    flotrenza

    Okay, so this book was so adorable. I absolutely loved Eric the troll, I cannot even begin to describe how much my heart just felt for him!! This book was simply divine. Nine has a great storyline and so when I put this through CAWPILE, characters came out at 8/10 because they all had a redeemable quality. Nine just wants a family! Flabby wants tea. Eric just wants to clean!! (my heartttt) and Spoon wants to find Dish! The entire concept was brilliant and from start to finish, you couldn’t help but Okay, so this book was so adorable. I absolutely loved Eric the troll, I cannot even begin to describe how much my heart just felt for him!! This book was simply divine. Nine has a great storyline and so when I put this through CAWPILE, characters came out at 8/10 because they all had a redeemable quality. Nine just wants a family! Flabby wants tea. Eric just wants to clean!! (my heartttt) and Spoon wants to find Dish! The entire concept was brilliant and from start to finish, you couldn’t help but root for each character. The quest Nine embarks on is quite simply so ridiculous, you’ll actually laugh your a** off. I landed at a very high 3 for this book as it’s not one I would read again, but at that moment, it gave me the ultimate enjoyment! Thank you to Walker Books Ltd and Netgalley for the eARC of this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mattie

    This middle grade story is fun, fast-paced and outrageous. I loved the magic of the house and the crazy things going on in it, but I wish the characters and plot were more developed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Little Red R.

    I haven't read middle grade in a while... what a shame! This book was everything I was looking for! But first, can we stop and admire this wonderful cover? This cover is the very reason I've been wanted to read this book! The house at the edge of magic is soooo immersive! I looooved Nine, this little pickpocket so much! The story was really enjoyable! It made me think of a tale we read at bedtime! The story really begins when Nine, while stealing from an old lady, got an enchanted ornament. this I haven't read middle grade in a while... what a shame! This book was everything I was looking for! But first, can we stop and admire this wonderful cover? This cover is the very reason I've been wanted to read this book! The house at the edge of magic is soooo immersive! I looooved Nine, this little pickpocket so much! The story was really enjoyable! It made me think of a tale we read at bedtime! The story really begins when Nine, while stealing from an old lady, got an enchanted ornament. this ornament happens to be a house. In this house, she meet people who can't get out from the house... because of a curse. Nine will help them breaking the curse. This journey is so fast pasted and addictive! Beside, how wonderful and creative Amy Sparkes is? I really love every characters and the original story! I'll reread it to review it more before its release and I'll get myself a physical copy for sure!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maryam || a_typical_teen_reader

    ||THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF MAGIC|| This is about an independent, steel-hearted, thieving girl, who goes by Nine, as she stumbles across a stolen good that unbelievably transforms into the most mystifying of houses. This definitely reminded me of Howls Moving Castle and little aspects of Oliver twist. In this strange house lives a lively group of eccentric characters including a housekeeping troll. a talking wooden spoon and an enthusiastic wizard all cursed to never step out of the blasphemous hou ||THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF MAGIC|| This is about an independent, steel-hearted, thieving girl, who goes by Nine, as she stumbles across a stolen good that unbelievably transforms into the most mystifying of houses. This definitely reminded me of Howls Moving Castle and little aspects of Oliver twist. In this strange house lives a lively group of eccentric characters including a housekeeping troll. a talking wooden spoon and an enthusiastic wizard all cursed to never step out of the blasphemous house. A fast-paced middle grade book for young readers, especially for beginners, as the writing is supremely easy to get pulled into, about an exciting adventure where nine and her (she would never admit it) friends race against time to get rid of the curse before the witch catches them and shrinks them into non-existence. This was so exciting and fun to read, I read it in one day ad truly loved how it ended. Throughout the story is the realization of fighting for the life you deserve and learning to accept people for their quirkiness. I cant to wait to read the next book ||THANK YOU NETGALLEY AND PUBLISHER FOR GIVING ME THE CHANCE TO READ AND REVIEW THIS BOOK||

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karam (bookishskippy)

    This is a story about a pickpocket girl named nine. She steals to make a living out if it. She steals and ornament from a old lady in a cursed house. Later did she know that it was full of magic with different characters . Like a talking spoon, house keeping trolls who barely spoke much. In order to leave this house she needs to break the spell. She and her friends have to work hand in hand to escape from the cursed house. I enjoyed this quick read because of Nine remarks which were freaking hone This is a story about a pickpocket girl named nine. She steals to make a living out if it. She steals and ornament from a old lady in a cursed house. Later did she know that it was full of magic with different characters . Like a talking spoon, house keeping trolls who barely spoke much. In order to leave this house she needs to break the spell. She and her friends have to work hand in hand to escape from the cursed house. I enjoyed this quick read because of Nine remarks which were freaking honest and hilarious. I think I will read this to my niece as a great tale. Thank you for the copy @definitelybooks #pansing This will be available next year Jan 2021

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zac

    Occasionally you come across a book that makes other people give you funny looks. This is because you are grinning madly or chuckling to yourself while you read and those around you, whether they be family or strangers, think you are a little bit mad. Sometimes a book is just so funny and clever that you can’t help but grin and chuckle while you read it. Amy Sparkes’ The House at the Edge of Magic is one of these books and I had a smile on my face from start to finish. Nine is an orphan pick-pock Occasionally you come across a book that makes other people give you funny looks. This is because you are grinning madly or chuckling to yourself while you read and those around you, whether they be family or strangers, think you are a little bit mad. Sometimes a book is just so funny and clever that you can’t help but grin and chuckle while you read it. Amy Sparkes’ The House at the Edge of Magic is one of these books and I had a smile on my face from start to finish. Nine is an orphan pick-pocket whose home is The Nest, a hideaway in the city run by the nasty Pockets. Nine and the other children steal valuables and bring them back to Pockets, who allows them to live in his stinking Nest. Nine’s only glimmer of happiness comes from her regular trips to the dilapidated library, run by the librarian Mr Downes, who lets her take books to read. Nine’s life changes dramatically one day when she steals a house-shaped ornament. When Nine has escaped those chasing her she inspects the ornament and lifts the tiny door-knocker, causing the tiny house to become life-size. When she steps inside she meets a group of unusual characters who desperately need her help. There is Flabberghast (High Wizard, Chair of the Tea Tasters Committee, and World Hopscotch Champion, 1835), Eric (the troll housekeeper) and Dr Spoon (the kilt-wearing, scientist spoon). A curse has been put on the house by a witch and none of them (apart from Nine) can leave the house. If that wasn’t bad enough, the toilet is never in the same place (and sometimes has teeth), the library won’t stay ordered and when they try to make tea they get transformed into strange creatures. Only Nine can help them break the curse, and in doing so, she will get a way out of her horrible life on the streets. They must all work together to solve the clues and break the curse. The House at the Edge of Magic is an incredibly enjoyable story, that is brimming with magic and imagination. I knew from the stunning cover (by Ben Mantle) and the blurb that I was going to love this book and Amy Sparkes cast a delightful spell over me as I read. I laughed so much reading it, whether it was the conversations between the characters or the many hilarious ways that the house has been cursed. My favourite part (and the bit that had me laughing hardest) is when Nine goes to make tea for the first time. Every time they try to touch the handle to the tea cupboard, each of the characters get transformed in some ridiculous way, like their skin turning blue, their legs turning into springs or becoming an oversized yellow spotty teapot. There seemed to be no end to the different cursed rooms in the house, from the library with its vicious flying books to the cellar containing the ‘Sometimes Dead.’ Amy’s characters are wonderful and their personalities bounce off each other in hilarious ways. I don’t think I could pick a favourite character because they’re all so delightfully odd. Flabberghast is quite eccentric and is the one who is most frustrated by the curse on the house. He is dying for a cup of tea and would really like the library to just stay tidy and ordered. Eric is a sweet troll who just wants to make sure everyone is OK. He loves his feather duster and cooks what he can for his friends. Dr Spoon is a bit mysterious as you never quite know what he is creating in his room with all the explosions. Nine has had a hard life and hasn’t known friendship, so when she discovers the house and the wizard, troll and spoon inside, she can’t believe that magic is real and that this house exists. If she helps this band of oddballs she will be able to escape her miserable life and have riches beyond her wildest dreams. I love the decision that she makes at the end of the story, leaving it open for more adventures in The House at the End of Magic. The House at the End of Magic would be an amazing read aloud for Years 4-6 and it is sure to have them all laughing and begging for ‘just one more chapter!’ There is something in the story to entice all sorts of readers, whether you like magic, laughs, mystery or great characters. I certainly can’t wait for more adventures with Nine, Flabberghast, Eric and Dr Spoon.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Snezana

    Why did this sweet, heart-warming, magical adventure have to end? When Nine gets her hands on a mysterious object, which ends up transforming into a real house, her life is transformed completely, in ways she couldn't have ever imagined. The moment she knocks on the door, her adventure begins. Yes, I am a fully-fledged adult who devoured this story in one sitting. To all those who are thinking of reading it, read it and be prepared to join an adventure that involves a thieving girl named Nine, a Why did this sweet, heart-warming, magical adventure have to end? When Nine gets her hands on a mysterious object, which ends up transforming into a real house, her life is transformed completely, in ways she couldn't have ever imagined. The moment she knocks on the door, her adventure begins. Yes, I am a fully-fledged adult who devoured this story in one sitting. To all those who are thinking of reading it, read it and be prepared to join an adventure that involves a thieving girl named Nine, a coward wizard named Flabbergast, a wooden spoon dressed in a kilt, a housekeeper troll, a wicked witch, a cursed house, skeletons in the wardrobe that talk, and magical cupboards that compress objects within it to make them all fit (I wish I had one).... and so much more! This was absolutely adorable. A quick, 240-page read, that pulls you in within the first 30 pages. You immediately know who you are dealing with and what needs to happen. Action right off the bat! There are no empty paragraphs, needless or excessive descriptions. In my opinion, the author perfectly balanced between using descriptive language to bring the magic to life, and avoiding empty paragraphs of pointless descriptions. I could easily envision every scene, every character, and all of my senses were activated. I could literally smell the atrocious Pockets, and hear his Smeagol-like voice. I could almost touch the witch and feel the magic in the air. I am so glad that Nine found her placed in the end. It truly warmed my heart. I cannot wait for the next adventure, because I need to hear more from this epic team! Who would like it: Everyone who loves fairy tales, stories filled to the brim with magical creatures and things of all kinds, children's stories, cheeky characters, and fun adventures.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elke

    Every now and then, I love to read a children's book, because their fantasy has a simple but very beautiful magic that more often than not work their charm for adult readers as well. However, 'The House at the Edge of Magic' was not exactly one of them. The story was original and funny with a lot of unpredictable surprising twists. The characters were adorable with their quirky and expressive mannerisms, making it easy to relate to them and share their excitement in the adventure. But the whole t Every now and then, I love to read a children's book, because their fantasy has a simple but very beautiful magic that more often than not work their charm for adult readers as well. However, 'The House at the Edge of Magic' was not exactly one of them. The story was original and funny with a lot of unpredictable surprising twists. The characters were adorable with their quirky and expressive mannerisms, making it easy to relate to them and share their excitement in the adventure. But the whole time I felt too old to be reading this book, and wondering whether I would have loved it better if I was still a child. But even then I may have had the same feeling. Though the volume is definitely aimed at readers reaching middle grade, the writing felt more fitting for a book you would read your child. Only towards the end the book seemed to outgrow its silliness and show its true potential. Therefore, I'm still unsure what exactly bothered me so much about the book, but in the end I decide to like the magical story and blame the rest on a case of some personal incompatibility. (thanks to netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food)

    This book is adorable! Nine is determined and self-sufficient and very sassy. Flabberghast is a sneaky little tragedy! Spoon is a menace. Eric is a baby that needs protecting. I know that I would have loved reading this as a child. As it stands, I'm a bit old for the target demographic and still found it enjoyable. Credit to the author for being able to do that. What I will say is that there came a point where I was so disappointed by the motivation behind the witch's curse and Flabberghast's stu This book is adorable! Nine is determined and self-sufficient and very sassy. Flabberghast is a sneaky little tragedy! Spoon is a menace. Eric is a baby that needs protecting. I know that I would have loved reading this as a child. As it stands, I'm a bit old for the target demographic and still found it enjoyable. Credit to the author for being able to do that. What I will say is that there came a point where I was so disappointed by the motivation behind the witch's curse and Flabberghast's stubbornness. It felt really juvenile and not worth all of the trouble and time that was invested into the feud. But then again it is clearly meant for a very young audience so I'm sure they would be better able to relate than I would. I kinda want to see what else Nine gets up to in her life, my little grumpy girl. HA.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vighnesh Muraly

    Thank you Pansing and Definitely Books for sending me a review copy of this book. This book was fast-paced, magical and fun. I really needed a middle grade to cheer me up and this book did exactly that. The humor was honestly quite cute and the writer could really convey such heartwarming messages through this novel which I think really suits the purpose of the novel. It was really quick and I think anybody could finish this really fast. The magic was a really interesting concept and I think the a Thank you Pansing and Definitely Books for sending me a review copy of this book. This book was fast-paced, magical and fun. I really needed a middle grade to cheer me up and this book did exactly that. The humor was honestly quite cute and the writer could really convey such heartwarming messages through this novel which I think really suits the purpose of the novel. It was really quick and I think anybody could finish this really fast. The magic was a really interesting concept and I think the author managed to execute it well. The main character didn't really see as much development as I would have liked but it didn't bother me too much. If you are looking for a cheery, fun and magical middle grade, this would be one I highly recommend!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This is a fun but simple read, and nice and short for less keen readers! We follow Nine, a thief with her own self-interest at heart, into a world of magic where she has to help the house break a curse. Flabberghast is perfect as a young but easily distracted wizard - he had just the right amount of silliness. The overall reasoning behind it all was where it lacked a little for me - it fell into one of my leas I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This is a fun but simple read, and nice and short for less keen readers! We follow Nine, a thief with her own self-interest at heart, into a world of magic where she has to help the house break a curse. Flabberghast is perfect as a young but easily distracted wizard - he had just the right amount of silliness. The overall reasoning behind it all was where it lacked a little for me - it fell into one of my least favourite tropes. But the curse itself was fun in its complete randomness. And the wonderfully British element of the tea cupboard being locked! That made me laugh. I think the book being on the shorter side meant we didn't get any of the depth I would have liked into the characters or the plot, but it didn't detract from my general enjoyment. The house deserved more page time though, I wanted to explore it more. It's a fun quest, and I may well lookout for the sequel. 3.5 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Evangeline

    Many thanks to Walker Book, Amy Sparkes and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of The House At The Edge Of Magic in exchange for an honest review. This book was particularly enjoyable and definitely what I needed! It was full to the brim, in fact overflowing, with the joyous magic that I grew up wishing for! It was ridiculous and fun and hilarious, but it goes deeper than that too! The darker aspects of Nine’s life juxtaposed with this new magic is wonderful and really ignites the Many thanks to Walker Book, Amy Sparkes and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of The House At The Edge Of Magic in exchange for an honest review. This book was particularly enjoyable and definitely what I needed! It was full to the brim, in fact overflowing, with the joyous magic that I grew up wishing for! It was ridiculous and fun and hilarious, but it goes deeper than that too! The darker aspects of Nine’s life juxtaposed with this new magic is wonderful and really ignites the imagination. The wacky characters and wonky magic really make this book! Dr Spoon is absolutely hilarious and I want to meet him and I have the biggest soft spot for Eric! Also I really want a pair of Flabberghast (or Flabby) inspired indigo pyjamas. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this book as it was truly delightful to read! I also can't wait to buy a copy for my cousin when it's published as I know he'll love to read it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Manon

    Unfortunately, this book fell a little flat for me. Where the concept really grabbed my attention, the story was okay but I didn't really have a connection with it, nor with the main character. Because of that, I found my thoughts often straying. Unfortunately, this book fell a little flat for me. Where the concept really grabbed my attention, the story was okay but I didn't really have a connection with it, nor with the main character. Because of that, I found my thoughts often straying.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book is a humorous and magical adventure involving the breaking of a curse. The plot twist was unexpected and the humor kept me Entertained. There were parts where the story fell flat or short of details, but overall I appreciated the writing for what it was and I fully understood I’m not the intended audience. The cover alone is definitely 5 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marthabethan

    This book was such a fun and fast paced read, that I flew through in one sitting! It is such a lovely middle grade book full of magic and curses and I really enjoyed reading it. The characters were fun and entertaining. The quirky and magical things that happened throughout kept me on my toes and kept my interest. Definitely recommend this for middle grade readers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annemieke / A Dance with Books

    Thank you to Walker Books and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.  The House at the Edge of Magic suggests a very magical kind of story. Adding in that very gorgeous and bright cover of the house in the story, and it sends an instant appeal.  The idea of Nine finding a house shaped ornament that grows into a big house, where she gets drawn into their curse and trouble sounds quite fantastical. And gives room for all kinds of i Thank you to Walker Books and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.  The House at the Edge of Magic suggests a very magical kind of story. Adding in that very gorgeous and bright cover of the house in the story, and it sends an instant appeal.  The idea of Nine finding a house shaped ornament that grows into a big house, where she gets drawn into their curse and trouble sounds quite fantastical. And gives room for all kinds of imagination for the middle grade reader. If this and that is possible, what else could be possible in this world?  Unfortunately the story didn't quite deliver. A lot of that had to do with the plot, the writing and the characters. What you often see, unfortunately, is that authors make things the simplest of simple for middle grade readers when that really isn't needed at all. This is what happened with the plot and the writing. It is in a way chewed out. Simple, no notch of subtlety. It didn't even really make sense. And it is a shame because there is so much imagination in the initial idea and world, that then gets stumped. Simplicity doesn't have to be bad but at least dress it up. There is an attempt at fun characters but it needed so much more depth. Again, middle grade readers can totally deal with multi depth characters, especially in literature. Nine had the emotional range of a stick. Flabberghast just plays one role as The Wizard. Did he have emotions besides anger? And then there was the soft hearted troll housekeeper who just got shat on. In the end I rated this book 3 stars on goodreads because I do think this book can be fun for a middle grade for a one time read. But there is nothing here to make a reader come back to the story or the world. It is forgettable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Curran

    https://www.thebreadcrumbforest.com/2... Heads up everyone! There is magical middle grade and then there is magical, MAGICAL middle grade! And, if you like a generous helping of humour and quirkiness sprinkled in amongst that magic then this is the book for you. In fact, this book is so magical that it should come with a warning: Don't pick up if you don't believe in magic - for it will change your whole life. Nine is desperate to escape her life as a pickpocket. Forced to steal in exchange for she https://www.thebreadcrumbforest.com/2... Heads up everyone! There is magical middle grade and then there is magical, MAGICAL middle grade! And, if you like a generous helping of humour and quirkiness sprinkled in amongst that magic then this is the book for you. In fact, this book is so magical that it should come with a warning: Don't pick up if you don't believe in magic - for it will change your whole life. Nine is desperate to escape her life as a pickpocket. Forced to steal in exchange for shelter, she has nothing she can call her own. But, when a tiny ornament falls from a lady's purse, Nine steps into a whole new world of impossibility. As the ornament transfigures into a cursed house, full of magic and mystery, Nine is offered a deal. If she breaks the curse that has entrapped the strange and rather ridiculous residents inside, then she will receive a reward that will buy her freedom. But someone is watching! And, if Nine does break the curse, can she walk away from the house at the edge of magic? This book is a magical Oliver Twist, full of characters that are as memorable and as loveable as the Dickens classic. That is where the similarity ends, however, for this read is far more magical than your average novel set in the nineteenth century. Crackling with spark and intrigue and humour, it is guaranteed to make you laugh your socks off and bust away those January blues. I mean, the cover says it all! The characters are fabulous! From the moment Nine, a down and out, lonely and defensive protagonist, steps into the house, she finds herself in the company of a housekeeping troll, a rather incompetent wizard and a fierce Scottish spoon with a sword. The dynamics between all of them are simply hilarious and the pacey and hugely entertaining plot brings out the absolute best in all of them. I particularly loved the tea-cupboard scenes which shows off the extent of Amy Sparkes' fantastic imagination. There's more! As well as a deliciously sinister and mischievous villain, there are puzzles to solve and a ticking clock. And just when you think the author can't possible pack anymore in, a skeleton falls out of the closet. But with family secrets piling up, can Nine uncover the truth about the curse? The humour and quirkiness in this novel is balanced beautifully with warmth and heart. I adored the relationship between Nine and Eric whilst Flabberghast and the witch, with their entertaining but edgy banter, are akin to Merlin and Madam Mim from Disney's Sword in the Stone. Nine will resonate with readers as being a character who thinks she knows exactly what she wants, but who really needs a whole dose of love and it is her emotional journey that steals your heart at the end. For a middle grade, this is an easily accessible novel. It's slightly shorter length is perfect for reluctant readers but never fear- it is packed full of potency. There's literally not a dull moment in the tale. The storytelling is as captivating as a spell and by the time the sequel comes around, it will be like going back to have tea with old friends. To sum up in three words; this is a comfy, quirky, fantabulous read. It's the novel I wanted to read as a child and I have no doubt that my children are going to love it! The House At The Edge of Magic is released on 7th January 2021 and is available to pre-order. A massive thanks to Amy Sparkes and Walker Books for allowing me to read the proof.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin Wilson

    Well, I have to say this was such a fun quick read, absolutely packed with magic. I will definitely be recommending this title to fans of Sophie Anderson's work. The most stand out aspect of this fantastical middle grade for me was definitely the writing style. The author keeps the story flowing and had some great descriptive scenes, especially of the magical house. Which sounds like a very fun place to visit but perhaps not to live permanently with toilets being upside down on ceilings and what Well, I have to say this was such a fun quick read, absolutely packed with magic. I will definitely be recommending this title to fans of Sophie Anderson's work. The most stand out aspect of this fantastical middle grade for me was definitely the writing style. The author keeps the story flowing and had some great descriptive scenes, especially of the magical house. Which sounds like a very fun place to visit but perhaps not to live permanently with toilets being upside down on ceilings and what not! Our main character is someone that you really come to feel for. She's an orphan who's been raised on the streets and by a shady character called Pockets. You can definitely see some of the inspiration for this has come from Fagan in Oliver Twist. They have very similar elements so if you enjoyed those characters I think you'll really enjoy Nine's. She has a very tough as nails persona, as she's had to be hardened to life on the streets and fending for herself. However I loved to see her subtle character growth throughout the story and she gradually softens to letting people into her life. Which I have no doubt will continue to flourish in the next books. The found family trope to this book is something I absolutely love to read about. The fact that she loved to read was so lovely as well. Definitely a relatable character trait for me and for many others no doubt. As well as her bravery she's also an extremely selfless person. Not that she'd admit it to you, of course. But even after she'd worked so hard for her reward to go and live a new life she gave it away to someone else who needed help. Not to mention the kind gesture she gave to Pockets, who probably didn't deserve it, but it shows the reader her true character. That while she has hatred for how he treated her she still pities him and has empathy. However, Nine is not the only fantastic character. One of my favourites was the troll housekeeper, Eric. He was adorably funny with his feather duster and handing out sweets to cheer people up. He may be a character of few words but he definitely made the story for me. Despite the main plot of this book being about a curse, it is surprisingly light hearted and suitable for readers on the younger side of middle grade in my opinion. I definitely want to find out more about Nine's life and also Flabbergast, who I still think needs a bit of development. I'm certainly looking forward to whatever magical mischief and adventures the gang gets up to next.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This was such a refreshing book to read! Whilst I think it was probably a little bit too young for me I cannot fault it. I love how easy it is to read. I literally devoured it within an hour sitting. Once I started I did not want to put it down! I really enjoyed the premise of a cursed house, and how it was actually cured, also the reason behind it which we discover at the end. It wasn’t anything over the top and it made for a very interesting read, even as an adult. I loved all the different my This was such a refreshing book to read! Whilst I think it was probably a little bit too young for me I cannot fault it. I love how easy it is to read. I literally devoured it within an hour sitting. Once I started I did not want to put it down! I really enjoyed the premise of a cursed house, and how it was actually cured, also the reason behind it which we discover at the end. It wasn’t anything over the top and it made for a very interesting read, even as an adult. I loved all the different mythical creatures and the premise behind them also. I’m a sucker for a mythical creature, especially a dragon which I got a small glimpse of in the book. I liked the idea that those who are stuck in the house due to the curse are guarded by different mythical creatures depending on the day of the week. I thought that this was a really unique idea! Also the idea that the house moves thanks to a toads tongue, this really gave me Terry Pratchett Discworld vibes which I am 100% here for. It took me by surprise when I first discovered this part! I absolutely loved Nine from the moment that I met her, she is clearly going through and has been through a very hard time but her prior is still so high. I love her sarcasm, the way that she stands up for what she believes in and doesn’t take any rubbish from anybody. She is such a good role model for the target audience of this book. Eric, oh Eric I love him so so much. I need a troll housekeeper, especially one like Eric. In fact I just want Eric please. Have I used his name enough times in the last few sentences. I loved the added extras that made me laugh throughout. The fact that nobody has had a cup of tea in 3 years because they can’t open the tea cupboard without something disastrous happening due to the curse. Or the hopscotch championship. If anybody can tell me how to play wizard hopscotch and where I can play it I would really appreciate it. Whilst, as previously stated, this book is definitely a little bit too young for me I really did enjoy it. I liked the humour, the mystery and the characters. I would definitely recommend that people pick it up, more so those with young children. But just remember ... “Sometimes life does give you strawberries”

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was a book that I received before release thanks to my Tales By Mail subscription as part of their Whimsical Worlds box, and it was the perfect title for such a theme! Having never read any of Amy Sparkes’ work before, I was immediately gripped by the synopsis promising a house full of magic, mystery and ridiculous residents! I also love how the cover art by Ben Mantle perfectly encapsulates the wondrous house and its curious occupants. Nine is an orphan, and a thiefling to the miserly Pock This was a book that I received before release thanks to my Tales By Mail subscription as part of their Whimsical Worlds box, and it was the perfect title for such a theme! Having never read any of Amy Sparkes’ work before, I was immediately gripped by the synopsis promising a house full of magic, mystery and ridiculous residents! I also love how the cover art by Ben Mantle perfectly encapsulates the wondrous house and its curious occupants. Nine is an orphan, and a thiefling to the miserly Pockets, who took her in when she was a child in return for her only worldy possession, a music box. But when Nine’s latest “pounce” yields only a tiny ornament of an odd-looking house, her disappointment leads her to lift the tiny doorknocker, which opens up a whole world of curiosity and magic she never dreamed of. She if welcomed with open arms by Flabberghast, an exasperated wizard, and his companions Eric (a troll with a love of housework) and Dr Spoon... well... I’ll leave that one to your imagination. But with the discovery of such an astonishing home, comes the expectation that Nine will lift the dreadful curse put on the house by a scorned witch whom Flabberghast has had “a disagreement” with... Will Nine be the one to break the curse, free the house, and finally locate the elusive toilet? The book was an absolute gem from the moment Nine knocked on the door, to the very final moment. I loved the house with all of its quirks, particularly the tea cupboard! I felt very much like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole into a world which makes absolutely no sense, full madness and mayhem, but with such charm and such warmth. Nine is a strong and independent heroine, who overcomes her helplessness on her quest to help others, and finds a sense of belonging and friendship. The characters trapped inside the cursed house really make this book, and the house truly feels like a character itself. The world that Amy has created is wondrous and magical, and I loved every tiny enchanting detail she has carefully crafted and tossed into this marvellous melting pot. I cannot wait to spend more time in this delightful realm. Perfect for fans of magical middle grade, Abi Elphinstone, Michelle Harrison or LD Lapinski!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Bowman

    Nine lives with a gang of pickpockets. Indebted to a ragged gangmaster named Pockets, Nine throws caution to the wind to bring back ‘pretty shinies’ and plunges into deep magic when she steals a charmed ornament from a mysterious red-cloaked lady. The tiny ornament miraculously transforms into an eleven-storey building filled with enchanted creatures and all sorts of magical mayhem. Nine, never one to shy away from a challenge, begins a quest for the shiny-to-beat-all-shinies in exchange for bre Nine lives with a gang of pickpockets. Indebted to a ragged gangmaster named Pockets, Nine throws caution to the wind to bring back ‘pretty shinies’ and plunges into deep magic when she steals a charmed ornament from a mysterious red-cloaked lady. The tiny ornament miraculously transforms into an eleven-storey building filled with enchanted creatures and all sorts of magical mayhem. Nine, never one to shy away from a challenge, begins a quest for the shiny-to-beat-all-shinies in exchange for breaking the spell that holds the curious inhabitants hostage. The story is as charming as its characters, headed by the hopscotch champion wizard Flabberghast. There are anthropomorphic kitchen utensils, a Troll with questionable culinary skills, enchanted cupboards and a skeleton with abandonment issues. And what is that orange ooze dripping from ceiling? Nine is a hard-headed go-getter, unafraid of a challenge. When life gives her caustic bat poo, she springs to action with cat-like precision. She is smart and kind and, best of all, loves a library. This is a comic fantasy for middle-grade readers, full of action and intensity in all the right places. It has all the sass of Roald Dahl, the charm of Disney’s Beauty and the beast and the wit and wickedness of the world of Harry Potter. The house at the end of magic would be fun to share at bedtimes with younger children, or as a chapter book for confident readers. What a great name for an author of children's magical realism! Amy Sparkes is intuitive and funny and definitely knows how to spin a yarn! This is her debut middle-grade book and a brilliant one. Ms Sparkes's characters are loveable and imaginable and the plot flies like a magic carpet. She has certainly built a world of imagination to delight many readers. ‘Sometimes you are a whisper away from magic without even realising it,’ Nine wisely observes. And lucky for us, there’s a sequel brewing!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sabinomi

    I thought this book is going to be one of my new favourite middle-grade novels... I expected that this book will be fun, magical and that will be similar to The House in the Cerulean Sea… But in the end, it became the biggest disappointment of the year for me. I had a problem with the characters, the atmosphere, the writing, the villain… I don’t even know when to start. Let's start with the... writing. The writing is a personal thing, so I can only speak for my name, but it just didn’t match with I thought this book is going to be one of my new favourite middle-grade novels... I expected that this book will be fun, magical and that will be similar to The House in the Cerulean Sea… But in the end, it became the biggest disappointment of the year for me. I had a problem with the characters, the atmosphere, the writing, the villain… I don’t even know when to start. Let's start with the... writing. The writing is a personal thing, so I can only speak for my name, but it just didn’t match with me. I just couldn’t get into the story. It wasn't for me. Maybe that’s also why I couldn’t like the characters. I'll start with our protagonist, Nine. She is a hard-working orphan admitted by a criminal organization and must steal to stay with them. Sure, her story was sad, but I couldn’t sorry her. I was very annoyed by her character, I couldn’t like her. She comes across a magical house and constantly scolds it, calling it awful. And I can’t like a person who says magic is bad. And there is Flaberghast, too (I hope I wrote well his name, I deleted the book as I finished). He annoyed me terribly. He said nothing to Nine, looking only at his interests. All along, I had a feeling that he is a son of a wealthy man, and now he was hysterical because he didn’t get something, or in this case, because he was cursed. But the identity of the villain made me crazy. Seriously??? I wasn’t surprised after all, but it was a very weak twist for me. I felt something like this going on, and I almost figured the magical words out in the beginning. I thought it was very, very stupid. Maybe it’s because of the writing, but while I was reading it, I clearly got the same atmosphere as when I was reading Howl’s Moving Castle… And I DNFed it after 40% because it wasn't for me… So, maybe someone else would like it, but it wasn't for me. There was a sentence at the end of the book that we will meet the characters in the future, so I figured it out that this will be a series, but I thank you, that was enough of it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    legenbooksdary

    The House At The Edge Of Magic by Amy Sparkes is a magical, whimsical and exciting book about a thief who stumbled upon a house full of magic. In the name of freedom and jewel, she helped the magical creatures to break free of a curse and she realised that life isn't limited to unscrupulous things and that it has so much more to offer. This book was a very short read that you can totally read it in one sitting but it took me half a day to finish it. This book was pretty fast paced and interesting The House At The Edge Of Magic by Amy Sparkes is a magical, whimsical and exciting book about a thief who stumbled upon a house full of magic. In the name of freedom and jewel, she helped the magical creatures to break free of a curse and she realised that life isn't limited to unscrupulous things and that it has so much more to offer. This book was a very short read that you can totally read it in one sitting but it took me half a day to finish it. This book was pretty fast paced and interesting as I followed Nine, Flabberghast and all the others in the house to break the spell from being sucked into the void and cease to exist. Yet, this middle grade has so much more to offer as it was also about friendship, sibling rivalry and that the true meaning of happiness isn't just about being rich and being free but its actually so more than that. Other than that, this book was full of turns and twists which are mostly very amusing. From the moody library, the troll who can only speak two words at a time and the entrancing 11 story house that are furnished with unexpected surprises in every nook and cranny. You can expect to be wowed by the plot, the intricacy of the curse and the boulders that meet the characters as they solve the mystery and finally escape from the curse at the end. This book was fun and it was a great read to escape the world and savour about the house that contains magic and things you couldn't even imagine to exist. It was heartwarming as Nine tried hard to help them even though they're strangers, to never make false claims as it will fire back to you and making friends in the most unexpected places but turn out to be the best kind of friendship one could hope for.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea

    I was so hopeful for this book to be as Diana Wynne Jones-ish as the blurb sounded, but it's a very different kettle of fish. Where DWJ's books are character-focused and charmingly, dryly British in their humour, The House at the Edge of Magic is a loud, zany book with humour derived from a lot of yelling, bat droppings and trolls in aprons. Characters shout and exclaim almost every line, and the whole thing is suffused with high energy and surprises popping out every which-way, to the point tha I was so hopeful for this book to be as Diana Wynne Jones-ish as the blurb sounded, but it's a very different kettle of fish. Where DWJ's books are character-focused and charmingly, dryly British in their humour, The House at the Edge of Magic is a loud, zany book with humour derived from a lot of yelling, bat droppings and trolls in aprons. Characters shout and exclaim almost every line, and the whole thing is suffused with high energy and surprises popping out every which-way, to the point that it actually felt like an effort for me, an introvert, to read. The silly humour and tone were not my cup of tea at all, but it will definitely entertain kids of about 7-10 looking for a riotous read. The oddball cast of characters are amusing caricatures that all have interesting quirks, but they were under-developed and barely seemed to go through any growth. What frustrated me was that I could see the bones of a clever middle grade fantasy here, but it's all a bit shallow - the plot races along too fast to get invested in and too choppily for any substance to stick to it, so I was left feeling disappointed. I really wasn't expecting to finish this inside 40 minutes! It definitely feels like one for the younger end of middle grade, and I'm very surprised to see other reviewers comparing it to Sophie Anderson's thoughtful, deep books. I think this is just not right for me, since I prefer my MG fantasy smart rather than silly, and character-focused rather than centred on crazy occurrences - but I would recommend to those looking for a lighter, louder read. 3 out of five stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather James

    When Nine steals a tiny model house, she's just trying to find something of value to keep Pockets off her case. She doesn't expect the house to swell to an impossible size when she knocks on the door, or a troll to answer it and beckon her inside. And she definitely doesn't expect to end up trying to break the curse that keeps the houses' inhabitants trapped within its walls - inhabitants who, along with Eric the troll, are a hopscotch champion wizard and a talking, kilt-wearing spoon. But no ma When Nine steals a tiny model house, she's just trying to find something of value to keep Pockets off her case. She doesn't expect the house to swell to an impossible size when she knocks on the door, or a troll to answer it and beckon her inside. And she definitely doesn't expect to end up trying to break the curse that keeps the houses' inhabitants trapped within its walls - inhabitants who, along with Eric the troll, are a hopscotch champion wizard and a talking, kilt-wearing spoon. But no matter how magical the world, or eccentric its inhabitants, Nine is determined not to be dragged any further into the house's madness than necessary. And she definitely isn't there to make friends. In The House at the Edge of Magic, nothing is as it seems: the toilet won't stay in one place, the books in the library are deadly (before you even have a chance to read them) and there's a talking skeleton in the closet. Oh, and don't even think about making a cup of tea - unless you want jelly for a head or to hang momentarily from the ceiling, that is. There is no limits to this world's craziness, making this an incredibly fun book which children will love. The characters are hilarious too - this is a found family readers will desperately wish they could be part of (cursed house aside). The House at the Edge of Magic is a fun, magical and entirely unpredictable story which children will love.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jade Weston

    This magical story captivated me from start to finish. We follow Nine, an orphan who is trying her hardest to find a better life far away from the one she is living now, and the awful “Pockets”, who takes in Orphan children, in return for treasures the children have pick pocketed from locals on the market. One day Nine makes a grab that is quite possibly about to change her life forever????.......a tiny house ornament, with a tiny gold knocker, that Nine just so happens to tap and the magic unfo This magical story captivated me from start to finish. We follow Nine, an orphan who is trying her hardest to find a better life far away from the one she is living now, and the awful “Pockets”, who takes in Orphan children, in return for treasures the children have pick pocketed from locals on the market. One day Nine makes a grab that is quite possibly about to change her life forever????.......a tiny house ornament, with a tiny gold knocker, that Nine just so happens to tap and the magic unfolds. Meet Flabberghast the wizard, Eric the troll and Spoon, who Nine helps in a quest to crack a curse that has been made by an evil witch. I totally fell in love with Eric and his feather duster. The most kind hearted troll to ever exist in my eyes. He loved giving Nine boiled sweets. Spoon also won my heart over with his Scottish accent and fiery attitude. The description within the book really fired my imagination and i was able to wander in the magic house along with characters. This for me always makes a book that extra special. I absolutely loved this book and all the magic and wonder it bought along with it. A book that would steal the heart of any young reader, or readers like myself that just cant resist a tale of whimsical escape (an older reader).This book deserves a big shiny five starts because i fell head over heels in love with it just from g the synopsis. I couldn’t put it down from the moment i started it and it gave me the warmest glow inside. That for me, what makes a five star book. Thank you so much Walker books and more importantly Amy Sparkes for writing an enchanting, heart warming tale.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sifa Poulton

    I received an eARC from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions. I was very aware when reading this book that it was lower MG, rather than the upper end that I normally read. It certainly did feel young, but that's no bad thing for children who have outgrown chapter books but are overfaced by the chunkier, upper MG It's a very easy, quick read. The language isn't particularly difficult, and it's about 200 pages with a large font. The words I received an eARC from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions. I was very aware when reading this book that it was lower MG, rather than the upper end that I normally read. It certainly did feel young, but that's no bad thing for children who have outgrown chapter books but are overfaced by the chunkier, upper MG It's a very easy, quick read. The language isn't particularly difficult, and it's about 200 pages with a large font. The words are capitalised when they're yelled, and another font used for emphasis. It's not a very complex story, and the magic takes centre stage more than the plot. A wizard who's lost his magic in a house that has a mind of its own, an animate spoon with a PhD who's searching for his research partner the dish, a basement of dead people who aren't always dead, a cupboard that shrinks everything in it, and a bathroom that moves. It's such a fun house, more main character than Nine. I laughed a few times at the sheer absurdity of events - and how British it was that a one of the components of the curse on the house was that the tea cupboard could not be opened. It was causing the occupants at least as much stress as their inability to leave. All in all, it was an enjoyable read, a nice way to pass a few hours (though the app I was using to read the book kept crashing, which was really frustrating!)

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