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😊📚Children’s Reviews 📚😊

Myra (May 2020)

Hi!!! My name is Myra. I really loved this book, it was so adventurous, and I couldn’t stop reading after the first few pages! You are a amazing author, and you should make a 2nd book of this, or make another book like this

Olivia Rose (May 2020)

Dear Karen, I loved the book the best book I have read and I have read loads of books, millions!
I really like the mystery, excitement and friendship. my favourite character is Tom because he likes going on adventures like me. My favourite part is when they find the tunnel and the ending. I like when they go to the tunnel and go into the past and come back into the present and meet friends, you must get this book.

Julia (age 9 ) May 2020

Your book was very intriguing. At the end I got very curious and then I understood. I would never think of a story like that. That story was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

Zahra (age 9) May 2020

Hi Karen my name is Zahra and I am 9 years old. I really enjoyed the secret lake as you don’t have to wait till the middle of the book for the interesting part. I think I have an idea for your next book. It is about 3 siblings called Bella, Lilly and Mark. They get send to live in an orphanage after their parents die. When Lilly goes to the basement to get some cleaning supplies she finds a secret door. She also notices that she needs a key to open it. She tells Bella and Mark and they all try to find the key without getting caught. They finally find the key and when they open the door they found a picture of their parents and they found out that they lived there before them. Hope you like my idea Karen!!!!

From Zahra

Noah (age 8 in 3 weeks!) May 2020
I really enjoyed this book and read it with my Mum. I liked how the characters were described at the beginning and you got to know Tom and Stella really well. Sometimes I felt sad for Stella because they had just moved back to London and she was missing her friend but the adventure they went on soon meant she forgot all about that! I thought Tom was very brave how he was always trying to help people that were in trouble. Once he set his mind to something he would do it. I also liked Harry the dog and I wanted to read more because he was very mysterious, the way he kept disappearing! I liked how everything linked together at the end and want to know if you will be writing a second book about the garden and the lake. An adventure where they go into the future this time would be so awesome!

 

Yeshe Amma – May 2020

I absolutely loved reading this book! Once I started, I couldn’t stop!

Emma K (on behalf of her daughter) May 2020

My daughter loved this book, this is what she had to say “This was one of the best books ever! I really liked it because it has a dog in it and because it is very secretive and fun.”

Katy R (Age 8) May 2020

My name is Katy and I am 8. I am a real bookworm and absolutely gobble books!! I am a bit fussy about books so lately, me and my mummy went on the internet as we didn’t have any more books for me. This was one of the first books that we found!! It also arrived first and I was very keen. I have finished it from 1 chapter on Sunday 3rd May to Monday 4th May morning. I thought it was really good. How did you come up with the idea for that book? Did you do something that inspired you to write this book? What other books do you recommend to me that are by you??? I don’t really like scary books and I have only just finished book number three of Harry Potter and everyone is saying don’t read it as it will be too scary for me. I have got an idea for your next book. It is about 4 children who like going to the park. Then they are discovered by their horrid aunt. They have to go and live there. Then they find a trapdoor in their room and escape!! I would say that book would be for 6-12 year olds. In the book, I like how the moles make the tunnel so that Stella and Tom could escape. Would you be able to do a series like that book but maybe have more children or they go up to the future??? Also in the book, is Sophie still alive or did she die??

Katy 🐦🐝

Julia (Age 9 ) April 2020

It’s one of the best books ever! You must get this book!

Nathaniel (Age 10) April 2020

I thought this book was amazing. My favorite character was Tom, because he is funny. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Annabelle (April 2020)

I LOVED this book it was a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter and was written so well I also loved having to decode Jacks words.And my favorite character is Emma because she seems so sweet and adventurous and that is so me.I would recommend this book to someone looking for a cliffhanger and an adventure book

Olivia Jennings (Age 9) April 2020

This book is one of my favorite books. I wish this was a series! The end of the book is the most shocking. My favorite character is Emma because she is thoughtful and when she hears something most people wouldn’t believe, she still goes along with it. I highly recommend this book because it is mystery, but it’s also adventure and suspense.

Elena (Age 10) April 2020

This book was one of the best books I have ever read! From all the cliffhangers to the intriguing surprises that lured me into the book it was all in all SPECTACULAR! How did you get the idea of the storyline Karen? Anyways, I hope that one day I would get to go into a time tunnel and find out that later I would become one of the best authors, just like you are.

xx love from Elena 💫 age 10


Jessica (Age 10) April 2020

This is one of the best books ever! I loved it! You are one of my favorite authors and everyone should read this book!

Evie (Age 8) April 2020

Oh my Gosh! This book is so good and it has got so many lovely details. It’s always left on a cliff hanger and it made me feel excited when I finished each chapter – I couldn’t wait to read the next and find out what happens. When I finished the book I felt like I wanted more. Stella was my favorite character because she was funny and I could imagine what she was like in real life. I pictured her a bit like my big sister. :-)

Anonymous (April 2020)

This is such an awesome book! It is definitely one of my top 3 books. I would love to hear the story of Stella and Tom meeting Mrs.Moon in the future. If you have already published a book telling this story let me know. I would LOVE to read it. If not, please consider my request. But if you decide not to do it, that is fine, I know that I’m just one out of millions of fans. Thank You!

TheTNTteam (March 2020)

Awesome book – every chapter was left on a cliff hanger

Eliza (March 2020)

I LOVE the book ! I want to hear more from the story my favorite part about the book is
that it has soooo much details! I want to read so much more ! It’s so good


Gaby (Age 10) March 2020

Dear Karen
I thought your book was so amazing and interesting! when it was time to go to bed I just simply couldn’t put your awesome book down. However my favourite part was when [* Note from Karen – I have hidden this top secret comment and one more so as not to give away the story to those have not yet read the book! 😊] But when mrs.moon said that harry [***] I thought she was going to say he turned into a ghost dog but she did not say that Im just crazy! Alright back to the beginning your book rocked don’t let anyone tell you any different obviously they won’t because your book is the best of the best!
From Gabby (age 10)

Elaine Phillipson (School Teacher, Kuwait) March 2020

Dear Karen,

I just finished reading The Secret Lake. I had selected it to use with my class out here in Kuwait. While there are some challenging words in the story, the children will love learning their meanings and expanding their own vocabularies.
The story is wonderful. I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading it, but I couldn’t put it down. As a teacher, I know that this story will get my class hooked from the beginning and we are going to be able to do some great activities based around it, culminating in writing their own stories in a similar style.
I would recommend your book to everyone, regardless of age or gender. It gets a full 5-star rating from me and I am looking forward to reading more of your work. ‘Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat’ sounds fun and will be my next purchase.
Thank you, Karen, for writing a great story. Pl3ease keep writing!

Katerina Anderson – March 2020

Your book Was amazing! I really loved it.It is a ten out ten. It is was my favorite book in the world . I totally give you a good review. I especially loved when Tom and Stella were in the past. And when they met Emma and Jack. Love it so much my sister wants to read it.

Kitty Jay, (Age 8)  – March 2020

Dear Karen

My Book Review of The Secret Lake by Karen Ingles

This story is about a brother and sister who find a hole which has a ladder which leads on to a tree and into the past. They meet a boy called Jack who is suspected to be a kidnapper. They meet Emma and her sister Sophie, they are quite posh. They have lots of adventures. At the end they find out that {*****Note from Karen: I’ve hidden some top secret information here, just in case children who have not read the book are reading this review 🙂 With my apologies, Kitty Jay – I love your comments here and in the other places about the story!}. It is sad because on the night they find {*** More top secret information hidden here by Karen again!*}.

My favourite part was when they find out that {***} I wasn’t surprised because they gave clues during the story. I thought it was a bit like Tom’s Midnight Garden.
{More top secret info hidden here – Kitty Jay is great at guessing things and nearly being right!*****}

I really liked guessing what happens next and I really love doing that.

I would recommend it to people that like reading adventures and guessing what happens next.`

I would give it 5 stars but I think Charlie Green should have been more included.

Kitty Jay, age 8

Newmill Primary School, Scotland – February 2020

Dear Karen,

We are P123 from Newmill Primary School and we have just finished reading The Secret Lake and we loved it. After a conversation about mysteries and suspense stories our teacher chose your book as an example. We have been hooked into the story trying to predict what would happen next. The story held our attention throughout as it unravelled with lots of twists and turns. We really enjoyed getting to know the characters and have our own personal pictures in our mind of the different settings. We were glad that Harry was safe too!

We highly recommend this book. Our next step is to create our very own stories of going down a time tunnel.

Kind regards,
Mrs Watt and Primary 123

Reem (Age 6 1/2) January 2020

To Karen, I think the book The Secret Lake is really exciting. I read it before I went to bed every night. My favourite part is when they go down the time tunnel and see The Gladstone’s! I highly recommend this book to other children so they can discover the Secret Lake’s secrets,
Reem

Adam (Age 6 1/2) January 2020

Dear Karen, I thought The Secret Lake book was really exciting. My favourite character was Harry the dog. I think this one of the best books I’ve ever read. I would like to read some of your other books now.
Adam

Hannah (Age 6) January 2020

I love your book, The Secret Lake. My dad read it to me and made some of the words a bit easier to understand. I think you should write lots more books. I think it might be good if you add some pictures too. I hope that I can become an author like you when I grow up.

Clara (Age 9) January 2020

i loved your book!!!! must read this book!!!!- clara age 9

Harmony (Age 7) November 2019

To Karen
I really enjoyed The Secret Lake.I read it as my school reading book. My favourite bit was when they went down the time tunnel, it was very exciting .My favourite character was Stella because she was helpful and funny I would like to be like her.I made a model of her for my school reading challenge ,it is now displayed in my school on our love to read board.I had a lot of challenging words in it for me that I had to ask people the meaning, but this made it interesting.I would recommend this book to other children as the story was exciting.
Thanks for writing this book
Harmony

 

Volodymyr V (and daughter) October 2019

I got the book to read for my daughter when she tries to fall alseep. Well, with this book I killed 2 birds with one stone: my daughter was going alseep very quickly and I read a wonderful story. I really enjoyed it.

 

Tassia (Age 10) October 2019

I am ten years old and my name is Tassia. I really enjoyed reading The Secret Lake and finding out that […….]* was in on the secret too! I loved how close Stella and Tom were and all of there adventures. Please write a second one!
*Note from Karen — I’ve hidden something here so as to keep the storyline top secret 😊

Julia (Age 10, Houston) September 2019

My mom just got me this book a few hours ago and already finished i always surprise my parents when it comes to reading super duper fast lol^^

Grandparent / Granddaughter (August 2019)

I bought this book on kindle to read with my granddaughter. I am already done as I don’t have her everyday but I thought it was absolutely wonderful. So full of adventures and twists and turns. A good book transports you to that time and this is one of them. Two thumbs way up!

Elsie (Age 7, nearly 8!) August 2019

The Secret Lake is one of my favourite books because the characters are like me and the story has lots of action in it. It is one of those books that I will probably read for a second time. I really enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to reading more books you write. Elsie (7 almost 8!)

June (On behalf of her three granddaughters😊) August 2019

I bought this book to take on my kindle to read to three granddaughters, aged 7 and 10 on holiday. Each day we read three chapters and it became quite an integral part of the week. The girls loved it and it was very special time for me to read it to them. They loved the adventure and the descriptions of the characters, especially Tom and thought it would make an excellent film with CGI for the trip down to the Lake, Thank you Karen for a wonderful story.


Totty (Age 10) July 2019

When me and my mum were looking for books to read i saw this book, at first i didn’t want to get it but mum got it anyway so i decided to read it.From that moment on i couldn’t put it down and it was all i could think about.Its a brilliant book and i would definitely recommend it.

 

Merken, June 2019

This book was one of the BEST books I have ever read !! My mum bought it for me as a present and the tittle sounded very interesting which made me want to read it and because of that I finished it in two days. I told two of my friends to read it and that it was a amazing book !!!

Molly (aged 8), Isle of Wight,  June 2019

I chose to read this book because the title sounded interesting and adventurous. My favourite part was when Stella and Tom found out that [ …….*] – that was really cool! I also really liked finding out that [……*] another amazing surprise. I could picture what everything and everyone looked like in my head really easily because of the fantastic descriptions. I would like to read this to my own children one day! Me and my mum enjoyed this book so much, thank you. Molly Stone, age 8, Isle Of Wight, UK.

[*note from Karen: .these parts of the review have been hidden as they are top secret until you read the book! :-) ]

Blake (aged 10) May 2019

This was a really good book. I had to do a book report on Sci-Fi and had a hard time getting into the first three books I attempted to read. I tried this book and enjoyed it. Having a dog in the story did help since I love dogs. I cannot wait to turn in my report and see how I did. I think other kids in my class will want to read this book after I talk about it. Blake, age 10

Sasha (aged 10) May 2019

Hi Karen!
I thought your book was incredible!!! On the first page it had already drawn me in. I just loved everything about it😁! I would DEFINITELY recommend this book!
Sasha age 10

Nieve (April 2019)

I found this book amazing I think it would be one of my favourite books and I loved how it was about a time tunnel. I really want you to write what happens next. Will you be writing a sequel? I recommend this for 8/12 year olds.

Leo (aged 8 & 3/4) February 2019

This book was brilliant, because I love adventure stories, they’re the best. I like the way in other stories they fly through space and fight dragons but in this one they time travelled through a mole hole. I recommend that everybody should have this book. I like the way the authour made Jack speak and Tom because he is adventurous and likes digging up mole holes but he gets told off by Charlie Green. They met someone called Jack, Emma and Sophie down the time tunnel. Leo aged 8,3/4

Carson (in Canada) November 2018

This book was great because there was time travel. I recommend this book to everybody. I live in Canada and I really liked Jack’s accent, or I think he does because some of the words were cut off and a flashlight was called a torch. The characters are really interesting because they would always find something or do something that was surprising. This book was really exciting and it’s fiction and those are my favourite types of books to read. I’m going to ask my dad to buy me Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat and Henry Hayes and the Great Escape, next. Thank you Ms. Inglis for writing this book!
Sincerely, Carson

Johnny, aged 6 & 3/4 (September 2018)

I loved The Secret Lake, it’s the best book ever. I really liked the pictures and the writing pushed me up a level with my reading, I learnt some new words!

I liked all the characters because they were exciting, especially the dancing moles.

The book was so much fun my mummy had to pull the book away to stop me reading at night! I’d recommend The Secret Lake to children aged 6-12 years old who enjoy mystery, adventure and surprises!

Beatrice (March 2018)

I thought this book would be amazing the first time I heard about it! I don’t want to give away the story because i don’t want to spoil it so you will have to wait and see when you read the book. It is about two siblings called Stella and Tom and they have just moved in a apartment in London in Notting Hill.Until one day Stella and Tom have just realised that they have gone back one hundred years back in time!WHO WILL THEY MEET! WHERE ARE THEY ! Those a probable all the questioned you are asking .Well you will have to wait and find out for yourself.

Freya , Cheshire (Age 10 )

The secret lake is very thrilling and exciting book; it has an exciting plot and I like the way it is so mysterious until the end when everything becomes clear. I like the way it is written because even though there are no pictures the description is so good that you can picture every single thing.
I also think that the Secret Lake is a very intriguing book; I picked it up this morning and couldn’t stop reading until I had finished. I liked it because there were some funny moments and some dangerous points in the story. It also brought lots of questions into my head which were cleverly tied up at the end. I really enjoyed the part where Sophie’s and Emma’s dad thought that crawly was inside Stella’s phone, because it was quite funny. I think it is a great book which I would recommend to anyone between the ages of 7-12. I am going to tell my friends about how good it is!
Please may you write another book involving the same characters on a new adventure in the garden?

Phoebe, West Sussex (Age 10)

I thought that the Secret Lake was an amazing book. I don’t want to give away the story or anything, but I thought that the contrast between modern and olden times was very funny, especially when the iPhone kicked in! I liked the characters both old Mrs Moon and her ever disappearing dog Harry because of their mysterious secrets. The book is quite hair-raising at times, but that just draws you in, and that makes the book difficult to put down! My sister now can’t wait to read it too!

 

Honor M (nrly 9!) Twickenham

I am 8 (nearly 9!!) and I love reading but not too girly books! My favourite books are Harry Potter. I really loved ‘The Secret Lake’ because it was really cool. It was very imaginative and the characters were brilliant. I liked the way the character Jack spoke and his clothes were very well described as well as his dirty face! I loved the character Harry and the way he came back very wet and came through the bush but I don’t want to give away too much of the story! I really got excited reading this book and I didn’t want to stop reading. At the end there was a really big twist and it was so cool. I wish I could have adventures like in this story. I would like to read other books by this writer. I liked the cover because they look about my age :)

Siân W (age 10) Leamington

I think that “The secret lake” is a great book with a very imaginitive storyline! Firstly the first few sentances draw the reader right in and makes sure that he or she reads on to find out what happens next, secondly the characters are described really descriptivly therefore it makes it an even better story to read by yourself or to others aloud.

Becuase I enjoy history I found this book fasinating as it made history come alive in my mind. It has everything, humour, history, adventure and much, much more!I particularly enjoyed the humour in the book and my favourite part was when Jack was given a listen on Stella’s ipod, his exact words were ‘Jeepers! Ya got people in ere or what, how d’ya do that then?’The scenes in the book are magically realistic and you can imagine the picture in your head and can almost hear the voices in your mind. Although there are no pictures in the book you can see all the characters and the scene that they’re in perfectly in your imagination.

The storyline is two children called Stella and Tom move to England and in their back garden they find a hole on the ground in a bush and when they go down it they travel in time back to the Victorian era and meet Jack the victorian boy whose father used to once work in a rich family’s house that in our times is a block of flats that the two children live in. The house belongs to a girl and her sister, mum, dad and servants, when she finds out that the kids are from a different time she quickly befriends them and tries to help them find their way home, but her sister and family think that Jack is a thief and try to catch them. I love how the story ends on a cliffhanger and out of ten i’d give “The secret lake” by Karen Inglis 10!

Mathieu (age 9) Barnes

This book is about Tom and Stella going back in time through a tunnel and I really liked it because it is about friendship.

The main characters are Tom, Stella, Jack and Emma. The main events are when Stella and Tom go for the first time in the time tunnel and meet Jack, Emma and Sophie who lived in their house a long time ago. Emma and Sophie invite Tom and Stella to their house but then Mrs Gladstone comes along with Crawley and some policemen because someone has stolen their silver and Mrs Gladstone’s purse. Tom and Stella decide to go home. But….! [Author’s note: A little edit here…I’m afraid that you will need to read the story to find out what happens next!]

My favourite character is Charlie Green because I like gardens and Charlie tries to stop Tom digging up the molehills. The molehills are all over the garden and a big part of the story!

Sophie (age 7 ) Carshalton

I loved this so much I could’t put it down! It’s about two siblings who have come to London for the holidays and they’re staying with a gardener called Charlie. They really do get up to loads of mischief when they find a time tunnel and travel 100 years back in time and discover an important secret from the past!

Ellen B (age 10) Leamington

I think that ‘the secret lake’ is a gripping novel and that it is a educational and exiting read. I love the fact that it does not just include one or two good points but a whole selection of them- such as humor,adventure, mystery and a whole range more! I believe that it would be a great read aloud to a child or a parent.

My favourite character is Emma Gladstone because she is very understanding and polite with a helpful attitude and a hint of cheek. My favourite scene is when…. I found it very moving when…. [Author’s note: I’m afraid I’ve had to edit these and one other little bit out because they gave the story away, but they were lovely!]

In summary I think that ‘the secret lake’ is an amazing story where everybody is everybody. It really is a time-slip adventure! :)

Issy F (age 10) Leamington Spa

The Secret Lake is a book packed full of adventure, suspense, and fun. It ensures that it is completely impossible to put the book down before you have read it through thoroughly at least three times. It is almost like a giant hand reaches out and grips you all the way from the first couple of sentences right up to the last page.

Personally, my favourite part was when Stella and Tom find out about Mrs Moons’ secret. Everything seems so exciting, and it’s clever how it all slots into place at the end.
The book does not include pictures, but they are replaced by imaginative descriptions that give the reader a clear picture of what was going on. I could almost hear the voices in my mind…”If Charlie Green finds this mess we’ll be grounded indoors for a week! “…

An addition to this, I found it hilarious when Stella let Jack listen to her IPod, and Jack simply couldn’t work out how earth a little box could make all that noise on its own, and he merely assumed that there were little people trapped inside!
I highly recommend this book.

Elia M (age 7 nrly 8!)

The very first page made me want to read more and more. I’m 7 years old, and I read it with my Mum – we took it in turns. Sometimes we had to stop but I never wanted to, it really kept me excited all the way through. My favourite character is Jack, because he is scruffy and fun (a bit like me). I’m keen on history, so I liked that the children went back in time to another era. I’m going to give a copy to my best friend. 

Declan S (age 8), USA

I loved The Secret Lake because there was a big garden and I like the outdoors and lakes. I think the kids in the book were very nice. I think I am just like Tom because I love to dig and get dirty and get out of trouble. Stella is a great big sister. I learned that torch means “flashlight” or flashlight means torch. It was a very exciting book with many things going on, lots of adventures and many surprises. The nasty people (aka the bad guy) were very mean and scary. Stella has an iPod, its awesome! I want an iPod. I was very happy to read this story. I’m going to buy one to share with my friends and tell them to read it. I am going to encourage my friends to read it because it is a great book and you are a great author Karen Inglis!

Lily G (Age 7)

i think the secret lake was very good, interesting and surprising. i really loved it!
lily g – age 7  Thanks, Lily!  I’ve replied below! Karen

Charlotte C (Age 11) London [Reviewer for Families SW Magazine :-) ]

When you pick up the Secret Lake,you follow Stella and Tom on an exciting adventure in their strange new house. Travel back in time with them and discover a seeming thief, some curious moles and a sinister butler. Meet iconic characters from the past, from kind inhabitants of the house to the mysterious ragamuffin you see rowing on the lake. Travel with Tom and Stella from the world of blaring iPhones to the much more unknown world of governesses and crocheting.

I found this book really enjoyable and literally un-put-down-able! You will be engulfed in this magical tale and as the plot thickens you’ll be with the characters every step of the way…I was enticed by the mystery and twist in the story. I also found Stella and Tom surprisingly familiar and easy to relate to. I recommend this book to any avid reader between ages 8 – 12 who loves a good adventure. 

See Charlotte’s review here   Thank you, Charlotte, for this lovely review! Have a great Christmas! Karen

Tara (age 11) (Tara left 3 comments when I was away so I’ve merged them! :-)

I am 11 years old. My birthday is November 2000. My name is Tara. My friend Lorna met you.
I love your book and I cannot wait for “Eeek: The Runaway Alien” to come out ! I hope to meet you one day! When you met my family’s friend Lorna she got your autograph in my copy of “The Secret Lake !
I am so glad you actually write back to people

I love the book so far Karen! My friend Lorna got your signature in the book! As I said before I absoloutly love everything in it … the descriptions … the characters (especially Stella)… EVERYTHING!
My friend Lorna was so lucky to meet you… I hope to meet you soon!
As I’m typing, my dear book is on my lap and every now and then I stop typing to admire it. It is so beautiful , Karen. I’m only 11 and if I was someone from a newspaper I’d put you on the front page!
Karen you aren’t like any other author , who has people to write for them , and I’m glad you aren’t!
I am really pleased that my friend Lorna inroduced me to you, you aren’t very well known but you truly will be!
Loved writing to you,
Tara xxxx :D

Rebecca (Age 9 ) Hereford

I loved the way the story unfolded. It was thrilling. I liked the bit about the dog – it was very exciting and adventurous. I felt like I was there and it was happening before my eyes. It was a fantastic twist at the end – very surprising – you would’t have thought it. Karen Inglis is my favourite author!

Dominika (Age 8) Hanwell

I love your books my best is The Secret Lake! Enjoy it! Dominika P.S.I AM 8 YEARS OLD

Abigail Stafford (London)

Thank you for the lovely book Karen! I absolutely loved reading it! I met you in waterstones and you signed the book for me. The way you wrote it was lovely. I really want to be an author one day! For anyone else who is interested in reading it, you should!!!!! How did you get the idea of the storyline Karen? It’s wonderful!
Love from Abigail xx

Savannah (Age 8)

It’s really good and I loved reading it.
Thankyou for your amazing book Karen.
How did you get such an amazing idea?
How did you think of the characters?

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  1. Myra says:

    Hi!!! My name is Myra. I really loved this book, it was so adventurous, and I couldn’t stop reading after the first few pages! You are a amazing author, and you should make a 2nd book of this, or make another book like this

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Myra

      Thank you very much for letting me know how much you enjoyed The Secret Lake. I’m delighted to hear that the story hooked you in early on 😊 ! (For we writers, this is always our aim when planning a story — but it’s easer said than done!)

      You are definitely not the first person to ask if I will do a follow-up story. I am always thinking about this, though will only be ready for it if and when I am sure it will be as magical and page-turning as The Secret Lake! So, ‘watch this space’ as they say!

      I do hope you are doing okay during this lockdown time for most of us, and that you are managing to fit in lots of reading in your spare time! It’s amazing where stories can take us in our imagination, as I am sure you know!

      Stay safe and keep on reading! And thank you again so much for writing.❤️ 📚 ☀️

      Karen

  2. Olivia Rose says:

    Dear Karen, I loved the book the best book I have read and I have read loads of books, millions!
    I really like the mystery, excitement and friendship. my favourite character is Tom because he likes going on adventures like me. My favourite part is when they find the tunnel and the ending. I like when they go to the tunnel and go into the past and come back into the present and meet friends, you must get this book.

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello Olivia!

      Thank you for writing and I’m delighted to hear how much you enjoyed The Secret Lake — you certainly sound as though you have read lots of books, so I feel very honoured! 😊📚❤️

      I’m also glad to hear how you enjoyed the mystery and friendships that take place across different times – and, yes, Tom certainly enjoys going on adventures and trying to solve mysteries. When writing the story, there were many occasions when I wasn’t sure what would happen next, so the mystery and adventure were just as exciting for me as the author! It also took me back to my childhood when we used to go out into the woods and play for hours at a time without our parents having any idea where we were – every day was a new adventure! (There were no mobile phones when I was growing up, and parents were less strict about what you could do.)

      I hope you find many more wonderful adventures to get lost in and that you’ll carry on reading — I am sure you will! And perhaps you’ll be inspired to write your own adventure one day?

      Thank you again so much for writing! I hope you’re enjoying this wonderful weather if you’re in the UK. And if you’re not, I hope the sun is shining for you – or will be soon.

      Oh – don’t forget – there’s crossword you can download from this site. And, if you ask a grown-up’s permission, you can hear me talk about The Secret Lake on my YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa5sas5HYyj_dtftmu3XhnA

      With very best wishes.😊📚

      Karen

  3. Julia (age 9) says:

    Your book was very intriguing. At the end I got very curious and then I understood. I would never think of a story like that. That story was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Julia — thank you so much for taking the time to leave a note for me here. I’m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed The Secret Lake! 😊❤️ I hope it will inspire you to think up your own stories — the best thing about writing for children is that you can make absolutely anything happen! I hope you are managing okay during this challenging time, and managing to find lots of great stories to keep you occupied and escape into! Thank you again for writing to me. With very best wishes, and keep on reading! 📚 ❤️ 👍 Karen

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Karen my name is Zahra and I am 9 years old. I really enjoyed the secret lake as you don’t have to wait till the middle of the book for the interesting part. I think I have an idea for your next book. It is about 3 siblings called Bella, Lilly and Mark. They get send to live in an orphanage after their parents die. When Lilly goes to the basement to get some cleaning supplies she finds a secret door. She also notices that she needs a key to open it. She tells Bella and Mark and they all try to find the key without getting caught. They finally find the key and when they open the door they found a picture of their parents and they found out that they lived there before them. Hope you like my idea Karen!!!!
    From Zahra

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello Zahra!

      Many thanks for taking the time to write to me and I’m so glad that you enjoyed The Secret Lake. And, yes, when I was writing it I was very keen to try to hook my readers into the story as early as possible, so they’d wanting to keep turning the pages! I’m glad that worked for you 😊.

      Also, thank you so much for sharing your story idea. It really does go to show how reading different books fires up the imagination and helps you think of your own stories! Trap doors in basements sounds very exciting to me! Perhaps you should try to plan it out a bit more and see if you can make your own mini book based on it? What great writing practice that would be! (Tip: I didn’t make a detailed plan when I wrote The Secret Lake and it made it a lot harder to finish as I kept on going around in circles! If you decide to write up your story – or any other story idea – I would recommending making a bit more of a plan before you start!)

      I hope you are managing okay during this very challenging time and that you are managing to escape into lots more stories.

      Thank you again for taking the time to write, and keep on reading! 📚😊❤️

      Karen

  5. Noah (age 8 in 3 weeks!) says:

    I really enjoyed this book and read it with my Mum. I liked how the characters were described at the beginning and you got to know Tom and Stella really well. Sometimes I felt sad for Stella because they had just moved back to London and she was missing her friend but the adventure they went on soon meant she forgot all about that! I thought Tom was very brave how he was always trying to help people that were in trouble. Once he set his mind to something he would do it. I also liked Harry the dog and I wanted to read more because he was very mysterious, the way he kept disappearing! I liked how everything linked together at the end and want to know if you will be writing a second book about the garden and the lake. An adventure where they go into the future this time would be so awesome!

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello, Noah

      What good timing as I have just come to my desk to do some work! Thank you so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed The Secret Lake. I know what you mean about Stella missing her friends, but at least she had an extra special adventure to make up for it, and she felt far more settled by the end 😊.

      I completely agree about how stubborn Tom is, but thankfully his loyalty and kindheartedness more than make up for it! He very much reminds me of the real Tom, who is the son of our friends who moved to an apartment that backed onto communal gardens in Notting Hill many years ago. It was their move that gave me the idea for the story. Tom was only about 7 then and his sister Jessica was around 9. Actually Tom hasn’t changed that much since then!

      Lots of people ask if I’ll be writing a second book and what I can say is that I haven’t ruled it out. A few ideas are going around in my head but I will only start to write when I get the ‘magical tingle’ that lets me know I have a great story! So at this stage I can only say ‘watch this space’ as the ideas are still swirling around!

      By the way, May is the time of year when the magical woodland called Isabella Plantation in London’s Richmond Park is in full bloom. It was a pond called Still Pond there that provided the inspiration for the lake in the story. Also, the photos that provide the background for this website are from Isabella Plantation. If you want to see more, ask a grown-up to show you this video I took, which is on my YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xEEjvASIbw&list=PL1PNHEeXsZ6REPWtNdumV4edGoPB1AlJr&index=6&t=0s

      Oh, and don’t forget to download the crossword from this site!

      I hope you’re managing okay during these challenging times and that you find many more adventure to escape to!

      Thank you again so much for writing!

      Karen 😊📚❤️

  6. YesheAmma says:

    I absolutely loved reading this book! Once I started, I couldn’t stop!

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello again, Yeshe. I think you must have posted your review twice by mistake. Hopefully you will have received my reply just now. All the best and thank you again! 😊

  7. YesheAmma says:

    I really enjoyed The Secret Lake, once I started reading, I couldn’t stop.

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Yeshe,

      Thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed The Secret Lake! I hope that Tom and Stella’s adventure into past time provided a fun escape into another world during this challenging time for all of us. Thank goodness for books to get lost in! In fact, I’m just on my way to bed, and very much looking forward to carrying on with the story I’m reading.

      I hope you find another great adventure to get lost in!

      Thank you again for taking the time to write a review. 😊📚❤️

      Karen

  8. Emma K says:

    My daughter loved this book, this is what she had to say “This was one of the best books ever! I really liked it because it has a dog in it and because it is very secretive and fun.”

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Emma, Thank you so much for letting me know how much your daughter enjoyed The Secret Lake 😊. And, yes, dogs and secrets are very popular in stories, I agree! When I’m at school visits we often talk about pupils’ own dogs and times they went missing. (I doubt they had such an interesting story as Harry in The Secret Lake though — but who knows?!) Please pass on my best wishes to your daughter and I hope you are all managing to escape through books during this challenging time. Karen ❤️📚

  9. Katy R says:

    Hello,
    My name is Katy and I am 8. I am a real bookworm and absolutely gobble books!! I am a bit fussy about books so lately, me and my mummy went on the internet as we didn’t have any more books for me. This was one of the first books that we found!! It also arrived first and I was very keen. I have finished it from 1 chapter on Sunday 3rd May to Monday 4th May morning. I thought it was really good. How did you come up with the idea for that book? Did you do something that inspired you to write this book? What other books do you recommend to me that are by you??? I don’t really like scary books and I have only just finished book number three of Harry Potter and everyone is saying don’t read it as it will be too scary for me. I have got an idea for your next book. It is about 4 children who like going to the park. Then they are discovered by their horrid aunt. They have to go and live there. Then they find a trapdoor in their room and escape!! I would say that book would be for 6-12 year olds. In the book, I like how the moles make the tunnel so that Stella and Tom could escape. Would you be able to do a series like that book but maybe have more children or they go up to the future??? Also in the book, is Sophie still alive or did she die??
    Katy 🐦🐝

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello Katy!

      Thank you for writing to me and how wonderful to hear that you gobble books! What a great expression! 📚❤️ Your mind must be filled with *so many* adventures, not to mention ideas for new stories! And I am so glad that you came across The Secret Lake when hunting for your next read! 😊

      You asked how I came up with the idea for the book. Well, I have written about this on my author website and I will give a link to that page below. If you ask a grown-up you can also watch me talk about the inspiration for the story on YouTube (be sure to get a grown-up’s permission to view). But, in short, the idea came to me when some friends moved into a large Victorian house in London’s Notting Hill area with their children. The house was divided into apartments and their ground floor flat backed onto a huge communal garden where all the children could play together. (I was very jealous as we only had a very small garden for our children to play in!) As I walked out and looked all around it felt very magical (especially as it was right in the middle of London), and I couldn’t help thinking how wonderful it would be if the children playing there that day could meet the children who had lived in the original grand houses and played in those same gardens 100 years earlier.

      We writers often get ideas for stories when we see or hear something and, to this day, I still remember the tingle running down my spine as the story came to me! The lake was inspired by a beautiful pond in London’s Richmond Park and you will see more about that on my YouTube talk.

      You’ve asked about other books of mine that you might enjoy. Well, if you like humour I would recommend Eeek! The Runaway Alien. It’s a short and very funny read and was voted favourite book club read three years in a row by boys and girls in a primary school in London. (There is football involved, but you don’t need to be a football fan to enjoy the story!) You can read more about it on my website here https://kareninglisauthor.com/eeek-the-runaway-alien-7-10yrs/ Otherwise you might want to try Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat, if you like magic and mayhem! Neither of these stories is scary!

      Thank you for telling me about your story idea — what fun! Trap doors for escaping are very convenient indeed!

      With regard to a sequel for The Secret Lake, I have a few ideas going around in my head and it’s possible I will write one. But it’s not ready at the moment and I will only start to write it when and if I know that it will be as magical as The Secret Lake. But it would most definitely involve some of the children from the past coming forwards in time :)

      Here is the link to me reading from The Secret Lake and talking about the inspiration for the story https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1PNHEeXsZ6REPWtNdumV4edGoPB1AlJr (remember to check with a grown up before you link to YouTube).

      Thank you again for taking the time to write and I hope you are managing okay during this lockdown time.

      Thank goodness we all have our imaginations and books to escape to! 📚😍

      Keep on reading and writing!

      Karen

  10. Julia says:

    It’s one of the best books ever! You must get this book.
    Julia, age 9

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello, Julia

      I’m so glad you enjoyed The Secret Lake! Thank you for taking the time to let me know and for recommending it to others 😊! We authors love hearing from our readers and every bit of feedback is hugely appreciated!

      I hope you are doing okay during this challenging lockdown time. Hopefully you are managing to escape into lots more adventure stories — or are even finding time to write some of your own. Thank goodness for books and imagination! Keep on reading!

      Karen 📚❤️

  11. Nathaniel age 10 says:

    I thought this book was amazing. My favorite character was Tom, because he is funny. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Nathaniel
      Thank you for writing! I hope you are doing well and managing to read lots of books during this challenging time. And thank you so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed The Secret Lake. I agree that Tom is very funny – he is very strong-willed and stubborn sometimes, which can cause a few problems, as you will now know! But he is very loyal to his friends, and that is the most important thing. In fact, I based his character very much on the son of our friends who moved to the communal gardens of Notting Hill here in London. Those gardens helped provide the idea for the story and you can read about that on my author website.

      By the way, the real Tom has an older sister called Jessica who is very much like Stella, and I still see them today :)

      I hope you find many more adventures to read in the coming months. Thank you again for letting me know how much you enjoyed The Secret Lake! Karen 😊📚

  12. Annabelle Smillie says:

    I LOVED this book it was a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter and was written so well I also loved having to decode Jacks words.And my favorite character is Emma because she seems so sweet and adventurous and that is so me.I would recommend this book to someone looking for a cliffhanger and an adventure book

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello, Annabelle

      Thank you for writing — I’m so glad you enjoyed The Secret Lake! 😊 When I was crafting the story I worked hard to end each chapter so that the reader would not want to stop as that’s the sort of book I love too! Both Jack and Emma are great characters, I agree. And I love how Emma is so keen to help both Jack and Stella and Tom once she realises what has happened. I hope you are keeping safe during this challenging time and that you find many more adventure stories to get lost in! Thank you again so much for taking the time to leave your review. Keep on reading! Karen ❤️📚

  13. Olivia Jennings, 9 says:

    This book is one of my favorite books. I wish this was a series! The end of the book is the most shocking. My favorite character is Emma because she is thoughtful and when she hears something most people wouldn’t believe, she still goes along with it. I highly recommend this book because it is mystery, but it’s also adventure and suspense.

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Olivia,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of The Secret Lake and I am thrilled to learn that it’s one of your favourite books! 😊 I do agree with you that Emma is a very observant and thoughtful character – and she is very determined too! I must apologise that it’s not a series; so many people ask me about this. There may be a sequel at some stage – and/or a film. But if there were to be another story I’d need to be sure that it was as magical as the first, so it requires a lot of thought and planning! In the meantime I hope you are managing to escape into lots of other books during the lockdown. You might even find the time to write a few adventures of your own? In case you’ve not seen it, if you ask a grown-up you will find a few videos of me reading from The Secret Lake and talking about the inspiration for the story on my YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-UUpGkTtQ8&list=PL1PNHEeXsZ6REPWtNdumV4edGoPB1AlJr This includes videos of the place close to where I lived called Isabella Plantation which was the inspiration for the lake in The Secret Lake.

      Thank you again for taking the time to write to me. Happy reading!

      With very best wishes, Karen 📚😊

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Olivia

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of The Secret Lake. I am thrilled that it is one of your favourite books! 😊 I do agree with you that Emma is very thoughtful — she is also very kind, single-minded and determined! Thank goodness for that as it really was helpful for Jack!

      My apologies that it’s not a series (I know just what you mean about wanting to read more!), but, who knows, one day there might be a sequel and/or a film even. If I were to write a sequel I’d need to know that it would be as magical and special as the main story so that requires a lot of thought and planning – ideas are constantly going around in my head so I’ll never say never!

      I hope you are managing to escape into more adventures through books and your imagination during this challenging lockdown period. Perhaps you will even find time to write your own adventures?

      Just in case you’ve not seen it, I have readings from the first three chapter of The Secret Lake on my YouTube channel — as well as a couple of videos of the settings that inspired the story, including the magical Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park where I found the inspiration for the lake in the story. Be sure to ask a grown-up if you can watch it – the link is here: https://bit.ly/TSLReadings

      Thank you again for taking the time to write to me. And carry on reading! With very best wishes, Karen 😊📚❤️

  14. Elena says:

    This book was one of the best books I have ever read! From all the cliffhangers to the intriguing surprises that lured me into the book it was all in all SPECTACULAR! How did you get the idea of the storyline Karen? Anyways, I hope that one day I would get to go into a time tunnel and find out that later I would become one of the best authors, just like you are.
    xx love from Elena 💫 age 10

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello Elena! — I hope you are doing well during the lockdown and managing to read all sorts of wonderful adventures :) I’m so glad you enjoyed The Secret Lake. I know for sure that I would have enjoyed it at your age, as I love stories that take children into other worlds!

      In answer to your question, I got the story idea when some friends moved into an apartment that backed onto the communal gardens of Notting Hill. (Their new apartment was made up of the lower ground and ground floors of what had previously been a huge and majestical 6-story Victorian terraced house.) When I saw all the children playing out in the huge but safely enclosed communal gardens the first time I visited, I couldn’t help but wonder how magical it might be if they could meet the children who had lived there 100 years earlier. (A bit like walking into history!)

      That was the spark for the story and then, as I started to write, it slowly came together, almost as if the characters were leading me there! (This often happens when making up a story!)

      In case of interest, you can see me talk about the inspiration for The Secret Lake on YouTube here (the talk this includes some pictures of the communal gardens of Notting Hill. And you’ll find other posts on the channel that give you a tour of the pond that provided the inspiration for the lake in the story. Here is the link… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW8f2nymq4Y&list=PL1PNHEeXsZ6REPWtNdumV4edGoPB1AlJr&index=4 I recorded it a few years ago when my hair was much longer and I’d sold far fewer books! (Important: please ask a grown-up before using YouTube if you don’t already have their permission.)

      That apart, thank you so much for taking the time to tell me how much you enjoyed the story. And remember, look all around — it’s easy to find magic to spark your imagination if you look carefully. You can then write your own story :)

      Happy reading and with very best wishes, Karen ❤️ 📚😊

  15. you are one of my favorite authors and everyone should read this book!

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello, Jessica

      I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed The Secret Lake and thank you for encouraging other children to read this magical story. I really appreciate your feedback 😊!

      Did you know that Stella in the book is based on my friend’s daughter, Jessica, who was around age 12 when I wrote The Secret Lake? So there is a connection with your own name here!

      I do hope you are managing the lockdown restrictions in place at the moment. It is very challenging, but also all for everyone’s long-term good, of course. If you need some extra activities to help while away the hours, I have recently recorded the first three chapter of The Secret Lake and posted it to my YouTube Channel. (Please check with a grown-up before following the link.) You will find it here https://bit.ly/TSLReadings I plan to add extra recordings in the coming weeks.

      If you enjoy writing, I hope you will find time to think up some of your own summer adventures over the coming months! That apart, carry on reading — it’s such fun to escape into an imaginary world!

      With very best wishes — and thank you again for taking the time to let me know what you though about The Secret Lake. 📚❤️😊

      Karen

  16. Jessica says:

    This is one of the best books ever! I loved it!

  17. Evie Age 8 says:

    Oh my Gosh! This book is so good and it has got so many lovely details. It’s always left on a cliff hanger and it made me feel excited when I finished each chapter – I couldn’t wait to read the next and find out what happens. When I finished the book I felt like I wanted more. Stella was my favorite character because she was funny and I could imagine what she was like in real life. I pictured her a bit like my big sister. :-)

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello Evie

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review of The Secret Lake 😊. I’m so glad that you felt excited and wanting to know what happened next at the end of each chapter. As writers, this is the experience we aim to create for our readers, so it’s wonderful to hear when it works well! Stella is such a great big sister for Tom, isn’t she? She really looks out for him. I actually based her and Tom’s characters on the children of friends of ours who, many years ago, moved into an apartment backing onto the communal gardens of Notting Hill in London. Their names are Jessica and Tom – and though they are all grown up now they still have a similar relationship where Jessica looks out for him! I hope you are finding lots of creative things to do during your time at home during this challenging period, and that you enjoy reading many more adventures — or even making up your own!

      Just in case you’ve not seen it, I’ve posted a video of me reading the first three chapters of The Secret Lake on YouTube in recent days. And the videos which follow on from the readings (which I recorded a few years ago, so have longer hair!) tell you a little bit about the background to the story and show videos from Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, which partly inspired the setting. (It’s best to ask a grown-up for permission to watch on YouTube — the link is here >> https://bit.ly/TSLReadings ).

      With very best wishes and thank you again for your lovely review of The Secret Lake, Karen 📚❤️

  18. Anonymous says:

    This is such an awesome book! It is definitely one of my top 3 books. I would love to hear the story of Stella and Tom meeting Mrs.Moon in the future. If you have already published a book telling this story let me know. I would LOVE to read it. If not, please consider my request. But if you decide not to do it, that is fine, I know that I’m just one out of millions of fans. Thank You!

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello there! Thank you so much for your lovely words about The Secret Lake! I am honoured and delighted that you rank it as one of your top three books – that certainly puts a smile on my face 😊. I am afraid there isn’t a book with the story you describe but I am always mulling over ideas for a possible sequel which might involve more time travel for the children! In the meantime I hope you find lots more fun adventure stories to read during this challenging time when we all need to stay at home. Thank goodness for books! And thank goodness for our imaginations! Thank you so much again for writing, and happy reading! And if a sequel to The Secret Lake comes about I will be sure to post a message on this website and on my author website at kareninglisauthor.com 📚👍🏻 With very best wishes from London, UK! Karen

  19. thetntteam says:

    Awesome book every chapter was left on a cliff hanger

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello — thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed The Secret Lake 😊. One of the things I try do as a writer is make each chapter end in a way that the reader will want to keep turning the pages. I’m so glad that it worked for you! I love books like this — it’s great wanting to get back to them! (Also, I hate getting to the end as I no longer have the story to look forward to!)

      I hope you find some more great reads over the coming weeks.

      Just so you know, I will be doing some online readings from The Secret Lake in coming weeks. If you’d like to know when they go online you can ask a grown-up to sign up for my newsletter on my author website at http://www.kareninglisauthor.com

      With very best wishes and happy reading, and thank you again! 👍 📚 Karen

  20. Eliza says:

    I LOVE the book ! I want to hear more from the story my favorite part about the book is
    that it has soooo much details! I want to read so much more ! It’s so good

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Eliza — thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed The Secret Lake 😊. I know what you mean about the detail in the book. At school visits lots of children tell me that they can see the pictures in their mind when reading it. I’ve loved reading books with detail when younger (such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens) and I am sure that influenced my writing style.

      With schools now all out, I am planning to do some online readings from The Secret Lake in coming weeks. If you ask your parents or another grown-up to visit my author website at http://www.kareninglisauthor.com they can sign up to my newsletter to be told when those will happen.

      Thank you again for you comments and happy reading! 📚 👍🏻😊 Karen

  21. Gabby says:

    Dear Karen
    I thought your book was so amazing and interesting! when it was time to go to bed I just simply couldn’t put your awesome book down. However my favourite part was when [* Note from Karen – I have hidden this top secret comment so as not to give away the story to those have not yet read the book! :) ) But when mrs.moon said that harry died I thought she was going to say he turned into a ghost dog but she did not say that Im just crazy! Alright back to the beginning your book rocked don’t let anyone tell you any different obviously they won’t because your book is the best of the best!
    From Gabby (age 10)

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Gabby

      Thank you so much for writing to tell me how much you enjoyed The Secret Lake. I really love it when a book is so good you actually look forward to going to bed to carry on reading it! I do hope you’ve found another good adventure story to read — stories are a great way to fire your imagination and even get ideas for your own stories. And what is so wonderful about writing children’s books is that we can make *anything* happen! Happy reading and thank you once again for taking the time to leave your reviews.

      With very best wishes, Karen

      (PS: I hope you don’t mind that I had to hide one part of your review — I’ve done this with some of the other reviews too, just so we don’t give the surprises away to new readers!)

  22. Elaine Phillipson says:

    Dear Karen,
    I just finished reading The Secret Lake. I had selected it to use with my class out here in Kuwait. While there are some challenging words in the story, the children will love learning their meanings and expanding their own vocabularies.
    The story is wonderful. I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading it, but I couldn’t put it down. As a teacher, I know that this story will get my class hooked from the beginning and we are going to be able to do some great activities based around it, culminating in writing their own stories in a similar style.
    I would recommend your book to everyone, regardless of age or gender. It gets a full 5-star rating from me and I am looking forward to reading more of your work. ‘Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat’ sounds fun and will be my next purchase.
    Thank you, Karen, for writing a great story. Pl3ease keep writing!

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Elaine — thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! And I am so sorry for my delayed reply! WordPress normally notifies me of comments but this one seems to have passed me by. That said, I was at a conference last week (speaking about The Secret Lake!) so it’s probably my fault! I do hope the pupils at your school enjoy it and do let me know if they’d like a Skype visit at any stage to ask questions :)

  23. Katerina Anderson says:

    Your book Was amazing! I really loved it.It is a ten out ten. It is was my favorite book in the world . I totally give you a good review. I especially loved when Tom and Stella were in the past. And when they met Emma and Jack. Love it so much my sister wants to read it.

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Katerina

      I’m so glad you enjoyed The Secret Lake! It is always so special to hear from my readers, and especially when they say they have given it 10 out of 10!!

      I know exactly what you mean about how exciting it is when Tom and Stella are in the past. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all go back 100 years (or longer even!) and meet the children who lived and played in our house – or who lived in older houses nearby. So many things would be different — not just how they speak, but their clothes, the furniture, no electricity (depending on the date) or phones or computers! What a different world! It was such fun making up this story and I am thrilled that it has captured so many children’s imaginations, including yours.

      Thank you very much for recommending it to your sister — I do hope she enjoys it too!

      I hope you enjoyed World Book Day last week and are now having a relaxing weekend! 😊

      With very best wishes, Karen

  24. Kitty Jay says:

    Dear Karen
    My Book Review of The Secret Lake by Karen Ingles

    This story is about a brother and sister who find a hole which has a ladder which leads on to a tree and into the past. They meet a boy called Jack who is suspected to be a kidnapper. They meet Emma and her sister Sophie, they are quite posh. They have lots of adventures. At the end they find out that {*****Note from Karen: I’ve hidden some top secret information here, just in case children who have not read the book are reading this review :) With my apologies, Kitty Jay – I love your comments here and in the other places about the story!}. It is sad because on the night they find {*** More top secret information hidden here by Karen again!*}.

    My favourite part was when they find out that {***} I wasn’t surprised because they gave clues during the story. I thought it was a bit like Tom’s Midnight Garden.
    {More top secret info hidden here – Kitty Jay is great at guessing things and nearly being right!*****}

    I really liked guessing what happens next and I really love doing that.

    I would recommend it to people that like reading adventures and guessing what happens next.`

    I would give it 5 stars but I think Charlie Green should have been more included.

    Kitty Jay age 8

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Kitty Jay

      Thank you *so much* for your wonderful and energetic review of The Secret Lake. I am so glad that you enjoyed it and I love how diligent you are at reading and working out from the various clues some of the plot twists and turns. You will see that I have had to hide a few of your comments — I’ve done this just so children or parents who haven’t yet read the story get to enjoy trying to work out the mystery for themselves, just like you did. I hope you understand — I have done this for other children’s reviews here in the past, so don’t worry, you are not the only one!! 😊 It’s a bit like when publishers write the blurb on the back of a book — they don’t give away the secrets as they want the readers to try to work them out for themselves.

      You sound to me as if you might be good at writing mystery adventures one day — or perhaps you would make a good detective?!

      Thank you again for such a lovely review! I hope you had a wonderful World Book Day on Thursday and that you’re having a relaxing weekend right now. Keep on reading! 📚

      With very best wishes, Karen

  25. Lesley Watt says:

    Dear Karen
    We are P123 from Newmill Primary School and we have just finished reading The Secret Lake and we loved it. After a conversation about mysteries and suspense stories our teacher chose your book as an example. We have been hooked into the story trying to predict what would happen next. The story held our attention throughout as it unravelled with lots of twists and turns. We really enjoyed getting to know the characters and have our own personal pictures in our mind of the different settings. We were glad that Harry was safe too!
    We highly recommend this book. Our next step is to create our very own stories of going down a time tunnel.
    Kind regards,
    Mrs Watt and Primary 123

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Mrs Watt

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write and let me know how much your Primary 123 pupils have enjoyed The Secret Lake — and its many twists and turns :) I can assure you that it was just as exciting for me writing it, as much of the time I really wasn’t sure what would happen next! Luckily the characters took over.

      And, yes, it’s good that Harry was safe!

      It really does warm my heart to know how many children have enjoyed the story that was going around in my head for such a long time. For all authors, getting feedback really means a lot!

      I don’t know if it would be possible, but I’d love to see a few of the stories your pupils come up with if that were feasible and not too complicated? For example a photo jpeg or similar? (No worries at all if it wouldn’t be possible, but if it were, then just when you have time, and if you needed to keep them anonymous that would of course be fine. I would love to share one or two on my blog if it were allowed. (My email is kpinglis@wellsaidpress.com ) As I say, if it’s not possible, or if it’s an ask too far in terms of your busy schedule, please don’t worry!

      Please do say hello to the pupils from me 😊 I think you are in Scotland? We have very good friends up there in Glenfarg not far from Perth, and stayed up near Inverness a couple of years ago in a wonderful old castle. What a beautiful part of the world!

      Huge thanks again to you and your pupils for letting me know what you thought of The Secret Lake!

      Karen

      PS If you’d like me to send some guided teaching plans around painting a picture with words, associated with The Secret Lake, please do drop me a line at the above address.

  26. Adam aged 6 1/2 says:

    Dear Karen, I thought The Secret Lake book was really exciting. My favourite character was Harry the dog. I think this one of the best books I’ve ever read. I would like to read some of your other books now.
    Adam

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello Adam

      I was just at my desk when your message arrived. Thank you so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed The Secret Lake! And how lovely that your favourite character was Harry! He certainly had a very important part to play in the story, didn’t he?

      We only have a cat in our family but I know a few people with long-haired terriers and I thought one would make a perfect fit for the story.

      I do hope you will enjoy some of my other stories after this one — if you like soccer and aliens I would recommend trying Eeek! The Runaway Alien. ⚽👽 And if you like magic there’s Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat or Henry Haynes and the Great Escape. (These three books also have fun illustrations!)

      With very best wishes and thank you again for taking the time to write, and keep on reading!

      Karen 😊

  27. Reem aged 6 1/2 says:

    To Karen, I think the book The Secret Lake is really exciting. I read it before I went to bed every night. My favourite part is when they go down the time tunnel and see The Gladstone’s! I highly recommend this book to other children so they can discover the Secret Lake’s secrets,
    Reem

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello Reem

      Thank you so much for your lovely review of The Secret Lake! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed reading it each night before going to bed. I love reading at the end of the day – it’s so relaxing! 📚

      I do agree with you that when Stella and Tom go down the time tunnel it is extremely exciting – especially when they meet Jack, then Emma and Sophie!! It’s just the sort of adventure I would have liked to have been part of when I was little…

      When I do my school visits I often ask pupils who live in an old house whether they would like to meet the children who lived there 100 years ago, then we talk about how different they might be – their clothes, how they talk, the furniture and technology and so on. History is so interesting when it’s wrapped up in a story!

      I hope you will go on to read lots more adventures. And thank you for recommending The Secret Lake to your friends. (Of course, remember to keep the ending a secret! It can be a surprise for them!)

      Thank you again for your lovely review. 😊

      With very best wishes,

      Karen

  28. I love your book, The Secret Lake. My dad read it to me and made some of the words a bit easier to understand. I think you should write lots more books. I think it might be good if you add some pictures too. I hope that I can become an author like you when I grow up.

    Hannah, Age 6

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Hannah

      Thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed The Secret Lake :) And how fantastic that your dad helped things along by making some of the words easier to understand. Most children who read the book by themselves are age 8 and above so it’s no wonder a few of the words may have been a bit complicated!

      Although there are no pictures in this book, I hope you managed to imagine some of the characters and setting for yourself while listening to the story. There is a plan to bring out a hardback version of the book (which your dad will explain) with a few illustrations, so look out for that. In the meantime I hope the story managed to paint a picture with words for you!

      Many thanks again for leaving me your review and please pass on my thanks to your dad for sharing The Secret Lake with you and allowing you to leave this review. With very best wishes and I hope you’re having a great weekend!

      Karen

  29. clara joy stuber says:

    i loved your book!!!! must read this book!!!!- clara age 9

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Clara — thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed The Secret Lake! We authors love getting feedback from our readers! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Keep on reading — you never know what other magical adventures you might find 😊. And Happy New Year 🎉🎉 Enjoy the rest of the school holidays and I hope you have a fun-filled 2020!

      With very best wishes, Karen

  30. Harmony age 7 says:

    To Karen
    I really enjoyed The Secret Lake.I read it as my school reading book. My favourite bit was when they went down the time tunnel,it was very exciting .My favourite character was Stella because she was helpful and funny I would like to be like her.I made a model of her for my school reading challenge ,it is now displayed in my school on our love to read board.I had a lot of challenging words in it for me that I had to ask people the meaning,but this made it interesting.I would recommend this book to other children as the story was exciting.
    Thanks for writing this book
    Harmony

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Harmony — thank you so much for sharing this with me and I’m so glad that you enjoyed The Secret Lake! 😊 And, yes, I too think that Stella is a great character – she is adventurous and likes to have fun but is also cautious when she needs to be, and (most importantly) she looks out for Tom. If your family or school would allow you to share a photo of the model you made of her for your school reading challenge I would love to see it! I could share it on my social media in turn! Obviously you will need to get permission from a grown-up. If they agree they can email it to me at kpingls@wellsaidpress.com — but absolutely no problem at all if that’s not possible! Finally, on the vocabulary, the great thing about challenging words is that you then get to learn and understand them and can collect them for use in your own writing. I’m sure you know that already and maybe you can make use of some of those words in your next story.

      I hope that the rest of your term goes well. (What a lovely name Harmony is, by the way. I might have to squirrel it away and use it as a character in one of my future books!)

      Thank you again, and keep on reading and writing! Karen

  31. Volodymyr V says:

    I got the book to read for my daughter when she tries to fall alseep.
    Well, with this book I killed 2 birds with one stone: my daughter was going alseep very
    quickly and I read a wonderful story. I really enjoyed it.

    Thank you

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello Volodymyr — thank you so much for taking time to leave this note. I am so glad you enjoyed the story after your daughter fell asleep while reading it to her! A lot of grown-ups write to me telling me how much they enjoy it and how it takes them back to their childhood (my oldest fan was 92 when she wrote to me!). I do hope your daughter enjoys the rest of the book once you get to finish reading it to her. I used to read the manuscript to my sons when they were little at bedtime, before it became a book. I still remember the look on their faces as they were picturing the story in their minds! Many thanks again for your note and if you are able to leave as short review on Amazon or your favourite online store that would be wonderful! (But if it’s not possible, don’t worry!) With very best wishes, Karen

  32. Tassia says:

    I am ten years old and my name is Tassia. I really enjoyed reading The Secret Lake and finding out that […….]* was in on the secret too! I loved how close Stella and Tom were and all of there adventures. Please write a second one!
    *Note from Karen — I’ve hidden something here so as to keep the storyline top secret 😊

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Tassia — thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of The Secret Lake, and I’m glad to hear that it kept you turning the pages. I agree that it’s lovely just how close Stella and Tom are, and how she looks out for him — even if he can be a bit annoying sometimes! I’ve hidden one tiny part of your review so as not to give away the plot to others who read here — I hope you don’t mind! 😊

      I’m often thinking about a second story and will post on my website kareninglisauthor.com if that happens :)

      Many thanks again for taking the time to write and happy reading for the rest of 2019!

      Karen

  33. Julia 10yrs old houstk says:

    my mom just got mr this book afew hours ago and already finished iallways surprise my parents when it comes to reading super duper fast lol^^

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Julia — thank you for letting me know! I’m glad to hear that the story kept you turning the pages – I love getting lost in a story and not wanting to put it down! Keep on reading and I hope you find lots more adventures to enjoy! With very best wishes, Karen

  34. Anonymous says:

    I bought this book on kindle to read with my grandaughter. I am already done as I dont have her everyday but I thought it was absolutely wonderful. So full of adventures and twists and turns. I good book transports you to that time and this is one of them. Two thumbs way up!

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello — Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know how much you enjoyed The Secret Lake :) Please pass on my best wishes to your granddaughter and I do hope that hearing the story has inspired her to make up some of her own adventures one day – tell her that there’s magic everywhere to be used in stories if you look for it! Enjoy the rest of the summer :) With very best wishes, Karen

  35. Elsie says:

    The Secret Lake is one of my favourite books because the characters are like me and the story has lots of action in it. It is one of those books that I will probably read for a second time. I really enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to reading more books you write.
    Elsie (7 almost 8!)

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello Elsie! I hope you’re having a lovely summer :)

      Thank you so much for leaving your review. I’m really glad that you enjoyed The Secret Lake. Out of all of my books, it’s the story that is closest to my heart as it was partly inspired by memories of my childhood growing up in the Hertfordshire countryside and going off on adventures with my friends in the woods at your age. (Children had a lot more freedom in those days — even though there were no mobile phones to keep in touch – we used to disappear for hours at an end!) It was seeing some children of friends playing in a large communal garden in London’s Notting Hill that brought back those memories and gave me the spark of the idea for the story. It’s so wonderful to be able to share it with so many children. Of course there were no time tunnels in my childhood, but that’s the joy of writing children’s stories — you can let your imagination run wild! By the way, I’m thrilled to hear that the characters remind you of you!

      Have a lovely rest of the summer, and don’t forget to download the free crossword on this site. You should find it quite easy to complete but if you get stuck there are answers available too.

      With very best wishes, and keep on reading! Karen

  36. June Barker says:

    I bought this book to take on my kindle to read to three granddaughters, aged 7 and 10 on holiday. Each day we read three chapters and it became quite an integral part of the week. The girls loved it and it was very special time for me to read it to them. They loved the adventure and the descriptions of the characters, especially Tom and thought it would make an excellent film with CGI for the trip down to the Lake, Thankyou Karen for a wonderful story.

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear June, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review here. I am thrilled to hear that your three granddaughters enjoyed The Secret Lake — and that it gave you the opportunity to share valuable reading time with them. There’s nothing like sharing a good adventure with little ones :) I remember the joy of reading to our two boys when were young, including reading the first draft of The Secret Lake to them when it was still ion A4 paper! I hope the story will inspire your granddaughters perhaps to dream up adventures of their own to write about one day, and that in the meantime they continue to enjoy reading for pleasure. With very best wishes, and huge thanks again for this lovely feedback. Karen

  37. Totty(10) july 2019 says:

    when me and my mum were looking for books to read i saw this book, at first i didnt want to get it but mum got it anyway so i decided to read it.From that moment on i couldnt put it down and it was all i could thi nk about.Its a brilliant book and i would definitely recomend it.

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Totty

      Thank you very much for your review of The Secret Lake 😊. I’m so glad you enjoyed Tom and Stella’s adventure and that you decided to follow your mum’s advice! There is something very special when you find a book that you can’t stop reading, I know that myself. And for we authors it’s always extra special to hear from our readers when they tell us how much they’ve enjoyed our stories. I still remember working away up in my office at the top of the house wondering if anybody would ever read The Secret Lake — and now over 25,000 children have!

      I hope you’re looking forward to the summer holidays and that perhaps you can find some magical adventures to have yourself!

      Thank you again for taking the time to write 😊. With very wishes, Karen

  38. Mercan Atakan says:

    This book was one of the BEST books I have ever read !! My mum bought it for me as a present and the tittle sounded very interesting which made me want to read it and because of that I finished it in two days. I told two of my friends to read it and that it was a amazing book !!!

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello, Mercan

      Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review — I am honoured that you have described The Secret Lake as one of the best books you have ever read :) I am also thrilled that it kept you turning the pages so that you finished it two days!

      As a child I loved stories about children going into other worlds — and for an author it’s a magical feeling to know that I’ve inspired the imagination of so many young readers.

      Thank you also for recommending The Secret Lake to your friends and do let them know that if they wish to leave a review here I will reply to them.

      It’s almost the summer holidays here in the UK — wherever you are, I hope you have a lovely summer school break when the time comes and that it’s filled with magical adventures!

      With very best wishes, Karen

  39. Anonymous says:

    I chose to read this book because the title sounded interesting and adventurous. My favourite part was when Stella and Tom found out that [ …….*] – that was really cool! I also really liked finding out that [……*] another amazing surprise. I could picture what everything and everyone looked like in my head really easily because of the fantastic descriptions. I would like to read this to my own children one day! Me and my mum enjoyed this book so much, thank you. Molly Stone, age 8, Isle Of Wight, UK.

    [*note from Karen: .these parts of the review have been hidden as they are top secret until you read the book! :-) ]

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Molly,

      Huge thanks for taking the time to leave a review of The Secret Lake here on the book’s website!

      I love hearing from my readers and am thrilled that you enjoyed it :)

      So many children praise the story for how vivid the descriptions are – this does make all of those hours and days sitting alone dreaming up this story so worthwhile! To me it certainly ran like a film in my head and I was as surprised as the next person when Lucy appeared in the garden for the first time !

      I’ve just finished recording the audiobook (which I hope will be out in time for summer) and was reminded of just how vivid the different senes are!

      Just one thing on your review: I hope you don’t mind but I’ve edited out the parts where you uncover the ‘secrets’ – because for anyone who hasn’t yet read the book it would make it less exciting :-) (Don’t worry, you are not the first! I’ve had to do this before!)

      Happy reading and thank you so much, Molly, for taking the time to leave your review here :)

      Karen

  40. Stephanie Thompson says:

    This was a really good book. I had to do a book report on Sci-Fi and had a hard time getting into the first three books I attempted to read. I tried this book and enjoyed it. Having a dog in the story did help since I love dogs. I cannot wait to turn in my report and see how I did. I think other kids in my class will want to read this book after I talk about it. Blake, age 10

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Blake,

      Thank you so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed The Secret Lake :) I love hearing from my readers!

      You’re not the first reader to tell me they love dogs! I recently had a letter from a young UK reader who told me that Harry was her favourite character!

      Best of luck with your book report and I’m honoured that you’ve chosen The Secret Lake for it. And I do hope that other children in you class will be tempted to read this magical tale. I’m about to record the audio book so I’ve been excited reading all the twists and turns once again — it was almost like reading it for the first time again.

      All the very best to you and thank you again — and keep on looking for great books!

      Karen :-)

  41. Anonymous says:

    Hi Karen!
    I thought your book was incredible!!! On the first page it had already drawn me in. I just loved everything about it😁! I would DEFINITELY recommend this book!
    Sasha age 10

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Sasha :)

      Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and I’m so glad you enjoyed The Secret Lake. It really is extra special and I’m thrilled that so many children have discovered it and shared in Stella and Tom’s journey.

      The most wonderful thing about writing children’s book is you can make literally anything happen (and often things happen that even you as the author didn’t expect!). For example, when Lucy appeared behind Tom and Stella when they were trying to break back into the house to rescue Jack it was as much a surprise for me as it was for them!

      I realised after I finished the book that planning might have made things easier, but then again I might never have ended up with all the twists and turns and surprises.

      There is crossword you can download at https://thesecretlake.wordpress.com/puzzle-clues/ if you’ve not yet done so. And if you want to see a recent photo of the pond that inspired the lake in the story and the front cover of the book follow this link to my author website and scroll down a little way >> https://kareninglisauthor.com/2019/05/02/festivals-book-offers-hedgehogs-and-more/. It’s a beautiful pond in Richmond Park in southwest London close to where I live and the pink Azaleas also seen on the book cover are now in full bloom. The picture was taken when I visited two weeks ago.

      Thank you again for you review and I hope the rest of your summer term goes well.

      Happy reading! 📚

      All the very best Karen 😊

  42. Nieve says:

    I found this book amazing I think it would be one of my favourite books and I loved how it was about a time tunnel. I really want you to write what happens next. Will you be writing a sequel? I recommend this for 8/12 year olds.

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Nieve — thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review. I am thrilled that you enjoyed The Secret Lake :) I have to agree that stories about children travelling through time into other worlds has always been something I’ve really enjoyed and writing about them going down the time tunnel was one of my favourite moments!

      Lots of children and parents/teachers ask whether I will write a sequel. At the moment I’m not sure but I do have an idea. It is just a question of finding the time and waiting for the full story to come to me… If you want to keep up to date with my new books just ask a grown-up to sign up to my Readers’ Club occasional newsletter. You’ll find the link top right on my website here > https://kareninglisauthor.com/ And if you enjoy funny books then I’d recommend Eeek! The Runaway Alien in the meantime. Thank you again so much for leaving your review. And don’t forget there is a crossword puzzle based on the story that you can download for fun here https://thesecretlake.wordpress.com/puzzle-clues/

      Happy reading and hope you have a great Easter break from school! Karen

  43. rosie dharamsi says:

    The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis
    Book Review 4th April 2019
    This a charming story that takes two young children on an adventure. They travelled back one hundred years in the past.
    Stella and Tom are siblings, who have recently moved house, so they feel the urge to explore the gardens and find out where Harry, the dog, keeps wandering off to.
    Back in time, they meet sisters who live in their house, and they get to know them. Read about ‘the boy thief’ and how, Stella and Tom try their best to solve his dilemma.
    I enjoyed the parts where Karen Inglis describes the scenery and setting in great detail, using fabulous imagery.
    By Amelia A. age 8

  44. Leo says:

    This book was brilliant, because I love adventure stories, they’re the best. I like the way in other stories they fly through space and fight dragons but in this one they time travelled through a mole hole. I recommend that everybody should have this book. I like the way the authour made Jack speak and Tom because he is adventurous and likes digging up mole holes but he gets told off by Charlie Green. They met someone called Jack, Emma and Sophie down the time tunnel. Leo aged 8,3/4

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Leo — thank you so much for this lovely review :) I’m so glad you enjoyed The Secret Lake — and I wholeheartedly agree with you that adventure stories are the best! Tom is a real character, isn’t he? I actually based him on the son of a friend of ours who is also called Tom and lived in very similar gardens. He was always a little bit naughty – but only because he was being adventurous! Thank you again for taking the time to write this review. Don’t forget there is a crossword puzzle you can download for fun here https://thesecretlake.wordpress.com/puzzle-clues/ – the clues are based on the story and I’m going to add more activities here in the next few weeks. With very best wishes – and keep on reading! Karen

  45. Lucy says:

    I have been searching for the perfect book for guided reading and writing with my class of 8 year olds. Our theme is Go Wild and I wanted the perfect book with the content perfect for my topic too. Having read this I am so excited about next term’s learning. The children will love it!

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Lucy — that is wonderful to hear and I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! It really is a firm favourite at all of my school visits!

      Please do let me know if you’d like to do a Q&A with me at some stage or a school visit (depending on where you are – if you’re out of reach I can do Skype).

      You can contact me at kpinglis [at] wellsaid.co.uk if you need to and, of course, and see my main website at http://www.kareninglisauthor.com

      If you like, I also have a teaching plan that I can share using ‘show don’t tell’ to paint a picture with words. It’s based on Chapter 4 when they go down the tunnel.

      With very best wishes, Karen

  46. Carson Monk says:

    My name is Ms. Lollar. I am typing this for one of my “Great 4” students, and submitting on his behalf!

    This book was great because there was time travel. I recommend this book to everybody. I live in Canada and I really liked Jack’s accent, or I think he does because some of the words were cut off and a flashlight was called a torch. The characters are really interesting because they would always find something or do something that was surprising. This book was really exciting and it’s fiction and those are my favourite types of books to read. I’m going to ask my dad to buy me Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat and Henry Hayes and the Great Escape, next. Thank you Ms. Inglis for writing this book!
    Sincerely, Carson

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello Ms Lollar – thank you so much for posting this on behalf of Carson!

      Dear Carson – I am so glad that you enjoyed The Secret Lake and thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. I am always thrilled to get messages from my readers – especially when they are far away across the sea :)

      It really is such a special story and one that went around in my head for a long time before I wrote it. And even when I started to write, all sorts of unexpected things happened with the plot that I hadn’t planned for – for example when Lucy Cuthbertston appeared in the gardens at night when the children went back to find Jack!

      If you want to find out a bit more about the inspiration for the story, head over to my main author website where I have a blogpost here >> https://kareninglisauthor.com/2018/09/27/from-rejection-to-bestseller-the-magical-story-of-the-secret-lake/ and another one here (I wrote this one after I went to visit a school that is close to the communal gardens of Notting Hill that partly inspired the story) https://kareninglisauthor.com/2014/05/27/the-secret-lake-revisits-notting-hill/

      Authors love receiving reviews so thank you again and keep on reading and writing! I do hope you will enjoy Walter Brown and Henry Haynes – they are great fun!

      With very best wishes,

      Karen Inglis

      PS If a parent or grown-up could take a moment to help you post your review on Amazon too that would be wonderful as it helps other children and parents find the book. But no worries at all if that is too difficult to organise :)

      Happy reading and happy holidays when they come!

      PPS I have second cousins in Ottawa and once spent Thanksgiving in Canada! It’s such a beautiful country. We also took our boys there and stayed on a Dude Ranch about 10 years ago – near Cranbrook beyond Calgary. We even went to the rodeo, which was great fun!

  47. Johnny Hely Hutchinson says:

    I loved The Secret Lake, it’s the best book ever. I really liked the pictures and the writing pushed me up a level with my reading, I learnt some new words!

    I liked all the characters because they were exciting, especially the dancing moles.

    The book was so much fun my mummy had to pull the book away to stop me reading at night! I’d recommend The Secret Lake to children aged 6-12 years old who enjoy mystery, adventure and surprises!

    Johnny, aged 6 and 3/4

    • kareninglis says:

      Dear Johnny,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review of The Secret Lake — and I’m so glad that you enjoyed the story. The moles are very magical and I agree with you that they area very special part of the story. I sometimes wonder if I got the idea from them from Wind in the Willows and Tales by the Riverbank, which were both childhood favourites, and featured moles :) I am actually meeting someone tomorrow about the film and TV rights for the story (your mum will explain). So, who knows, maybe one day we will see The Secret Lake made for TV or film :)

      Have a great rest-of-weekend — and thank you for also posting your review on Amazon. It really does help other readers find the story.

      By the way, you can find out about my other books at http://www.kareninglisauthor.com – if you enjoy football I think you will love Eeek! :)

      With very best wishes — and keep on reading!

      Karen Inglis

  48. Beatrice says:

    I thought this book would be amazing the first time I heard about it! I don’t want to give away the story because i don’t want to spoil it so you will have to wait and see when you read the book. It is about two siblings called Stella and Tom and they have just moved in a apartment in London in Notting Hill.Until one day Stella and Tom have just realised that they have gone back one hundred years back in time!WHO WILL THEY MEET! WHERE ARE THEY ! Those a probable all the questioned you are asking .Well you will have to wait and find out for yourself.

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Beatrice — thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of The Secret Lake :) I hope you enjoyed it and that you have had a lovely weekend! I’ve really enjoyed meeting lots of new readers in the last week and hope you enjoyed World Book Day! Keep on reading — and remember, those who look for it will always find magic :) Karen

  49. Savannah Wright age 8 says:

    It’s really good and I loved reading it.
    Thankyou for your amazing book Karen.
    How did you get such an amazing idea?
    How did you think of the characters?

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Savannah — How lovely to hear from you again :-) In answer to your question, I based Tom’s character on my friend’s son, Tom and Stella on her daughter Jessica! They were friends who moved to an apartment that backed on to communal gardens near Notting Hill in London and this gave me the idea for the story.

      They both looked then (and still do now!) like the children on the front cover and Tom was always doing things he shouldn’t really be doing when he was younger. So having him dig up the mole hills when he shouldn’t be was typical. The rest of the characters just seemed to come from nowhere when I was writing — it often happens like that. I was particularly surprised when Lucy appeared! I had no idea she would be in the story but she just arrived there in my head. That is what is quite fun about making up stories and with The Secret Lake I didn’t have a detailed plan at the start — just a vague idea.

      I hope you’ve had a good Easter break from school! Please do ask a grown-up to help you leave a review of The Secret Lake on Amazon if possible — it’s quite easy to do and will help even more children and parents find the story :-) Have a great Sunday and sorry it took a while for me to reply! Karen

  50. Savannah Wright says:

    It’s really good and I liked reading it.
    Thankyou for your amazing book Karen.
    How did you get such a super idea?
    The way you thought of the characters was brilliant.

  51. Savannah Wright says:

    This book is really good.I really like it because Jack has a really good accent and always gets a dirty face.This book is about Tom and Stella going through a time tunnel because they are following their nabour ‘ s dog Harry who goes through the time tunnel dry and come’s up wet !!!!! The main character’s are Tom, Stella, Jack and Emma.

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Savannah

      Thank you for leaving your review here and I’m really glad that you enjoyed this magical story. I wish we all had the chance to meet the children who lived in our homes 100 years ago – what an adventure that would be! Have a lovely weekend! Karen :-)

  52. Thank you for the lovely book Karen! I absolutely loved reading it! I met you in waterstones and you signed the book for me. The way you wrote it was lovely. I really want to be an author one day! For anyone else who is interested in reading it, you should!!!!! How did you get the idea of the storyline Karen? It’s wonderful!
    Love from Abigail xx

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Abigail

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write and I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed The Secret Lake! It’s so special to me and I’m thrilled that so many children have enjoyed it!

      I got the idea for the story when some friends moved with their two children (Jessica and Tom – who looked then a bit like Stella and Tom on the book cover) into an apartment in Notting Hill in London, which backed onto vast communal gardens where all the children were playing. Seeing the freedom and adventure they were all experiencing — all running around and hiding behind bushes, making secret camps and so on — really reminded me of my childhood growing up in the country when we were allowed to go off playing in the woods on our own! At the same time, as I looked around at the great Victorian houses that backed onto the shared the gardens I couldn’t help wondering what it would be like if the children playing there that day could meet the children who had lived in those same houses and played in those same gardens 100 years earlier. This was the start of the idea about time travel! The setting was also inspired by a place called Isabella Plantation up in Richmond Park where we used to take our sons to play when they were younger. It also has a very magical atmosphere and I really wanted to include the beautiful lake with the pink azaleas in it (which features in Isabella Plantation – though it’s a much smaller pond!)

      If you go to my author website you can see pictures of some of the Notting Hill gardens that inspired the story – I wrote this blog post after visiting a school in the area >> https://wellsaidpress.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/the-secret-lake-revisits-notting-hill/

      Thanks again for writing! (By the way, if anyone in your family has an Amazon account and it would be fantastic if they could help you leave a short review there if you get time! Someone called Caty aged 10 left one two days ago with the help of a parent and I now have 39 reviews there. It would be fantastic to have 40! But of course absolutely no worries at all if they aren’t on Amazon or you don’t have time.

      Happy reading and I hope you’re enjoying being back at school after the half term break.

      Karen :-)

      My author page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Inglis-Author/182308948511407?ref=hl

      My author website: http://www.kareninglisauthor.com/

      • Thank you Karen, I remember you telling me about Isabella plantation I’ve been there lots because my nan and grandad live up in Kingston, thank you so much for replying to my comment!
        Abigail xx

      • kareninglis says:

        My pleasure, Abigail – and I’m glad that you’ve also enjoyed Isabella Plantation! Have a great weekend. Karen

  53. kareninglis says:

    Hi Eira – I’m so glad that you enjoyed reading The Secret Lake. I’m not sure from your comment whether you have just read the three chapters on this website, or whether you have read the whole book. But either way – as you know, in chapter 3 Tom thinks he sees some moles dancing in a circle. The reason he can see them is magical – because they are connected with the time tunnel. That is what is such fun about making up children’s stories – you can make magic happen! I hope this answers your question? Just let me know if it doesn’t! With very best wishes, Karen PS you have done *very* well to have read The Secret Lake at age 6! Congratulations!

  54. Eira 6 years old says:

    Karen I enjoyed reading the secret lake specially chapter three how can tom see a lot of moles?

  55. Christine Andrew says:

    I loved this book!

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Christine – I’m really glad you enjoyed it – thank you for taking the time to leave a comment here! There is a crossword puzzle you can download if you look at the links at the top of the page. (By the way if you want to reply to tell me your age or which town you live in I will post your comment up the page with the other ones… But no problem at all if you don’t want to…!) Karen

  56. Ola says:

    Hi, Karen i read the secret lake up to chapter four. From all of these chapters i liked chapter three. Also i’d like to say you are very friendly and kind. Thank you for visiting St.Joseph’s school.
    (i want to be writer like you!)
    Ola xxx

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Ola! I hope you’re enjoying the Easter break!

      I’m really glad that you have enjoyed the story so far – and I agree that chapter three is fun, espeically when the children sneak out into the gardens while everyone is asleep to look for Harry!There is lots more adventure and excitement to come so keep on reading! And there are some surprises later on! I really enjoyed coming to see you all at St Joseph’s – it was great fun! Say hello to everyone from me and ‘thank you for having me’.

      All the best!

      Karen

  57. Dominika says:

    Dominika:Thankyou for Replying to me Karen!

  58. Dominika says:

    I love your books my best is The Secret Lake!Injoy it! Dominika P.S.I AM 8 YEARS OLD

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Dominika – I’m so glad that you enjoy the books! And it was lovely to meet you all at St Joseph’s school yesterday as part of World Book Day week! I hope it has inspired you to keep on reading and maybe to make up some stories of your own! All the best! Karen

  59. I loved this so much I could’t put it down! It’s about two siblings who have come to London for the holidays and they’re staying with a gardener called Charlie. They really do get up to loads of mischief when they find a time tunnel and travel 100 years back in time and discover an important secret from the past!

    Sophie aged 7

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Sophie

      Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of The Secret Lake! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! A lot of the children who have read it tell me that once they start they can’t stop!

      When I wrote it, it reminded me of my own childhood, where we were able to go off on our own for hours on end and our parents had no idea where we were. It really was like an adventure! However, we never discovered any time tunnels unfortunately! But writing the story was an adventure in itself – and it’s fantastic to share it with so many children!

      I don’t know if you have heard of them, but the story was inspired by the Notting Hill communal gardens here in London – where I saw my friend’s children playing – the freedom they all had reminded me of my days growing up in the country! I also got some of the inspiration from books I read when I was younger, such as The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe – those stores with parallel worlds are always fun!

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and thank you again for leaving a note here!

      Karen

  60. Phoebe, age 10, West Sussex says:

    Dear Karen,

    I thought that the Secret Lake was an amazing book. I don’t want to give away the story or anything, but I thought that the contrast between modern and olden times was very funny, especially when the iPhone kicked in! I liked the characters both old Mrs Moon and her ever disappearing dog Harry because of their mysterious secrets. The book is quite hair-raising at times, but that just draws you in, and that makes the book difficult to put down! My sister now can’t wait to read it too!

    Phoebe

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Phoebe! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your comment – I’m so glad that you enjoyed The Secret Lake! I certainly had fun mixing the two time periods – and children seem to love the blend of history, mystery and adventure between the two times!

      I wrote the story after visiting a communal garden close to Notting Hill here in London where some friends had moved. When I went out into the gardens and saw the children playing there, I couldn’t help wondering what it would be like for them to meet the children who had lived and played there in the past…. There was also a rather grumpy gardener there who used to confiscate the children’s bikes if they left them out overnight! So he inspired Charlie Green. I hope your sister enjoys it!

      All the best – I hope you are making the most of the end of the summer holidays. I’m looking forward to watching the Paralympics Opening Ceremony shortly!

      Best wishes,

      Karen

      PS If you’d like to leave a review on Amazon it’s easy to do (ask an adult to help you) and will help other children and parents find out about The Secret Lake! Quite a few children have left reviews there as well as parents. No worries at all if that’s too complicated but it helps spread the word more widely! My sister lives in Brighton by the way!

  61. julia says:

    Hi Karen I met you in in water stone’s my name is Julia you singed The Secret Lake for me and my sister, Nilo.
    I loved the book it is the best book I read so far so keep writing books the ‘re realy good.
    XXX Julia and Nilo

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Julia! (and Nilo!)

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a review – I’m so glad that you enjoyed The Secret Lake! And it was lovely to meet so many young readers at Waterstones :)

      All the children who read The Secret Lake seem to find it very special, which is wonderful because it’s a story that sat in a drawer for quite a long time and I was worried that it wouldn’t get read by anyone else but me!

      And the grown-ups enjoy it too!

      The pictures on my website are from Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, by the way, which was part of the inspiration for the story! If you haven’t been there (I can’t remember if you have) then it’s definitely worth going!

      I hope you have a lovely summer – and that this weather gets better!

      Thank you agan :)

      Karen

  62. kareninglis says:

    Hi Freya! I am so sorry for my delayed reply! This website has changed how it tells me about reviews and I didn’t see yours sitting in the queue!

    I am so glad that you enjoyed The Secret Lake! And you are not the first person to say how they can vividly see everything in their mind’s eye even though there are no pictures. That is exactly how it was for me when writing the book – and I could almost hear the voices too! What is really wonderful more than anything is to be able to share the story with so many children – especially since it sat in a drawer for a several years! It was fun to introduce some modern gadgets into past time too – I couldn’t resist that! I will have to have a think about how I might write another book with these characters – it’s not on my plan yet but I will never say never! I do have a new book out about a football-mad runaway alien called Eeek! It is very different to The Secret Lake but it does have a surprise and is fun to read. It may not be your cup of tea but if you have any brothers aged 7-9/10 I think they will enjoy it! And I’m now working with my illustrator on ‘The Adventures of Ferdinand Fox’. These are rhyming stories for 3-6 year-old children, but they can be enjoyed by any age really!

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your review and, once again, my apologies for taking so long to reply. I now realise that an orange light in the top right of my screen means I have comments to reply to!

    Best wishes and I hope you enjoyed the Jubilee celebrations!

    Karen

  63. freya says:

    Freya , Cheshire 10
    The secret lake is very thrilling and exciting book; it has an exciting plot and I like the way it is so mysterious until the end when everything becomes clear. I like the way it is written because even though there are no pictures the description is so good that you can picture every single thing.
    I also think that the Secret Lake is a very intriguing book; I picked it up this morning and couldn’t stop reading until I had finished. I liked it because there were some funny moments and some dangerous points in the story. It also brought lots of questions into my head which were cleverly tied up at the end. I really enjoyed the part where Sophie’s and Emma’s dad thought that crawly was inside Stella’s phone, because it was quite funny. I think it is a great book which I would recommend to anyone between the ages of 7-12. I am going to tell my friends about how good it is!
    Please may you write another book involving the same characters on a new adventure in the garden?

  64. kareninglis says:

    Thank you, Rebecca! I’m really glad that you enjoyed The Secret Lake – and that the ending was a surprise! I hope you have a lovely Easter :) Karen

  65. Rebecca Age 9 Hereford says:

    I loved the way the story unfolded. It was thrilling. I liked the bit about the dog – it was very exciting and adventurous. I felt like I was there and it was happening before my eyes. It was a fantastic twist at the end – very surprising – you would’t have thought it. Karen Inglis is my favourite author.
    (Rebecca, aged 9, Hereford)

  66. Andrea says:

    As a child my favourite books were always the adventure stories, I loved to read about all the exciting things the children got up to and where their escapades took them. Reading this book as an adult brought back lots of happy childhood memories, as it is full of adventure along with a touch of mystery and suspense. I really love this book, in fact I couldn’t put it down, it is such a page turner!
    The book is very well written, it keeps you hooked, wondering what is going to happen at the end and is finished with a fascinating twist, you just didn’t quite expect. The story is set in a lovely garden which is described so well by the author, that you can just imagine what a beautiful and stunning place it must be. The two main characters a brother and a sister, have such personalities that I think any child reading this could relate to them, making this book suitable for both boys and girls.
    Whether you are an adult or a child I thoroughly recommend that you read this book, as I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did!!

    • kareninglis says:

      Thanks so much, Andrea! I really appreciate it! And it’s great that so many adults/parents are enjoying it too! I now have two 92-year-olds who have read it and one wrote to me afterwards :)) (She read it on her Kindle!)

  67. Tara says:

    Dear Karen
    This is my third comment here and the other two have not been posted sadly. So I shall make this one shorter than the others.
    I thought your book was beautiful. I love Stella she is very much like my sister :) . My friend Lorna met you. She actually introduced me to you and your beautiful books. I am so glad she did.
    Thank you for being such a fantastic author
    Tara
    —xXx—

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Tara

      Happy New Year! I am so sorry for the delay in writing back to you which has meant you needed to leave 3 comments! They are all here (I’ve picked two to post) but I’ve been away for New Year in windswept Exmoor (in Devon) – We had lots of rain and wind (not so great!) but lots of walks in the hills, which was fantastic – a real change from London! There was no Internet or mobile signal where we were which was really fun (in a funny sort of way!) but also a bit frustrating when it came to trying to use my phone! And of course I couldn’t check my comments here on the website.

      I’m really glad that you enjoyed The Secret Lake – and how lovely to hear that Stella reminds you of your sister! She is actually based on the daughter of a friend of mine, who is the older sister of a ‘real’ Tom, who closely resembled Tom when he was younger! I’m also really glad that Lorna managed to give you a signed copy.

      Lots of people seem to have been buying the book for Christmas both in the UK and in America -and loads on Kindle. So I’m really excited that lots of children are reading the story :)

      In one of your other comments you said:

      “I love your book and I cannot wait for “Eeek: The Runaway Alien” to come out !”

      Just to let you know that I hope Eeek will be read by late January or early February. While I was away I was working on one tiny bit of it that I’m not quite happy with. I am nearly there!

      I will post a message here and on Eeek’s website as soon as I know the date it will be released. I hope to do some local signings again then and will post messages about that too.

      Happy New Year again and thank you very much for taking the time to leave your comments!

      Karen :)

  68. Tara says:

    Dear Karen,
    I love the book so far Karen! My friend Lorna got your signature in the book! As I said before I absoloutly love everything in it … the descriptions … the characters (especially Stella)… EVERYTHING!
    My friend Lorna was so lucky to meet you… I hope to meet you soon!
    As I’m typing, my dear book is on my lap and every now and then I stop typing to admire it. It is so beautiful , Karen. I’m only 11 and if I was someone from a newspaper I’d put you on the front page!
    Karen you aren’t like any other author , who has people to write for them , and I’m glad you aren’t!
    I am really pleased that my friend Lorna inroduced me to you, you aren’t very well known but you truly will be!
    Loved writing to you,
    Tara xxxx :D

  69. Anonymous says:

    i think the secret lake was very good, interesting and surprising. i really loved it!
    lily g – age 7

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Lily!

      Thank you for your note! I’m so glad you enjoyed this magical story and thank you so much for leaving a review. I’ve done quite a few book signings recently and have met children who have loved the story, like you. It makes all the hard work worthwhile and I’m so glad that I didn’t leave it sitting in my drawer! My next book, ‘Eeek’ (about a runaway alien!) will be out in the New Year so look out for that! I will leave a message on http://www.eeekthealien.com when it’s available. Have a lovely Christmas! And thank you again! Karen

  70. Declan S says:

    I loved The Secret Lake because there was a big garden and I like the outdoors and lakes. I think the kids in the book were very nice. I think I am just like Tom because I love to dig and get dirty and get out of trouble. Stella is a great big sister. I learned that torch means “flashlight” or flashlight means torch. It was a very exciting book with many things going on, lots of adventures and many surprises. The nasty people (aka the bad guy) were very mean and scary. Stella has an iPod, its awesome! I want an iPod. I was very happy to read this story. I’m going to buy one to share with my friends and tell them to read it. I am going to encourage my friends to read it because it is a great book and you are a great author Karen Inglis!

    • kareninglis says:

      Hi Declan! Thank you for posting your review from all the way over there in the USA :). I’m really glad that you enjoyed The Secret Lake and it’s great that you can recognise a little bit of Tom in yourself! He’s a great character, isn’t he? And I agree about Stella being the best big sister – she looks out for him, even though he’s a bit silly sometimes! We had a big garden when I was little (but not as big as Tom and Stella’s communal garden!) and it was great going out for hours on end to play. In fact we used to live next door to a pig farm and I remember going to play over there too and once getting my Wellington boots stuck in a pile of pig manure! I was quite little and I think someone had to rescue me! We were often gone for hours at a time – that’s how it was back in those days!

      Thanks for sharing The Secret Lake with your friends – it’s wonderful that it’s being enjoyed in the USA too! Best wishes, Karen

  71. Isabelle Fullerton says:

    Issy Fullerton aged 10
    (Leamington Spa)
    The Secret Lake is a book packed full of adventure, suspense, and fun. It ensures that it is completely impossible to put the book down before you have read it through thoroughly at least three times. It is almost like a giant hand reaches out and grips you all the way from the first couple of sentences right up to the last page.
    Personally, my favourite part was when Stella and Tom find out about Mrs Moons’ secret. Everything seems so exciting, and it’s clever how it all slots into place at the end.
    The book does not include pictures, but they are replaced by imaginative descriptions that give the reader a clear picture of what was going on. I could almost hear the voices in my mind…”If Charlie Green finds this mess we’ll be grounded indoors for a week! “…
    An addition to this, I found it hilarious when Stella let Jack listen to her IPod, and Jack simply couldn’t work out how earth a little box could make all that noise on its own, and he merely assumed that there were little people trapped inside!
    I highly recommend this book.

    • kareninglis says:

      Hello, Isabelle! Thanks you for your lovey review – I feel very lucky to have so many nice things said about The Secret Lake! And it’s so nice to hear that the descriptions make it easy for you to picture everything in your head – that is exactly how it was when I was writing the book! It was a bit like a film running in front of me – and it was almost as if I wasn’t sure what would happen next! (And sometimes what happened surprised even me – such as Lucy suddenly turning up in the garden at night!) And I agree about the iPod scene. I remember many years ago when I first put on Sony Walkman earphones – I couldn’t believe the sound as it filled my ears, so when I was writing about Jack and the iPhone music I remembered that feeling! (Sony Walkmans were a bit like iPods but with a cassette player – when I was teaching English to foreign students in London many years ago one of my Hong Kong students brought one to the UK before they were in the shops here!)

      Thanks again! And keep reading :) Karen

  72. Ellen Branson age 10 Leamington says:

    I think that ‘the secret lake’ is a gripping novel and that it is a educational and exiting read. I love the fact that it does not just include one or two good points but a whole selection of them- such as humor,adventure, mystery and a whole range more! I believe that it would be a great read aloud to a child or a parent.

    My favourite character is Emma Gladstone because she is very understanding and polite with a helpful attitude and a hint of cheek. My favourite scene is when…. I found it very moving when…. [Author’s note: I’m afraid I’ve had to edit these and one other little bit out because they gave the story away, but they were lovely!]

    In summary I think that ‘the secret lake’ is an amazing story where everybody is everybody. It really is a time-slip adventure! :)

    • kareninglis says:

      Thanks, Ellen, for this lovely review. I am so glad that you enjoyed all the different aspects of the story – it’s good to know that they work! They certainly kept me entertained :) I agree that Emma is a lovely character! She usually spoke before I could stop her when I was writing! :) I hope you don’t mind that I had to take out a couple of bits of your review so that we don’t give the story away for children who haven’t yet read it. But I am keeping all of the full reviews for when I send the book out more widely to see what other children’s editors think! Thanks again! Karen

  73. Jasmin says:

    Haven’t read the book, but just read the chapters given here. It promises great adventure for the readers. Great that I reached your site through Iain’s site…;)….Best wishes, Karen!

    • kareninglis says:

      Thanks so much, Jasmin. It’s great to get the feedback – and lovely now that I am also getting children’s reviews in! Another one just in :) It really makes all the hard work feel worthwhile! I hope you’ll enjoy it and leave a review if you decide to buy it! Karen

  74. Mathieu, 9 says:

    This book is about Tom and Stella going back in time through a tunnel and I really liked it because it is about friendship.

    The main characters are Tom, Stella, Jack and Emma. The main events are when Stella and Tom go for the first time in the time tunnel and meet Jack, Emma and Sophie who lived in their house a long time ago. Emma and Sophie invite Tom and Stella to their house but then Mrs Gladstone comes along with Crawley and some policemen because someone has stolen their silver and Mrs Gladstone’s purse. Tom and Stella decide to go home. But…..! [Author’s note: I’m afraid that you will need to read the story to find out what happens next!]

    My favourite character is Charlie Green because I like gardens and Charlie tries to stop Tom digging up the molehills. The molehills are all over the garden and a big part of the story!

    • kareninglis says:

      Thank you for this lovely review, Mathieu! I’m really glad you enjoyed the story and I’m sorry I had to cut out a few little bits which told what happened next! I think you will be a very good journalist one day :) I have posted a copy of your review higher up the page below the other ones so that peope will find it more easily! Keep reading books :) Karen

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