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😊📚Children’s Reviews 📚😊
Ellianna – April 2021
I give it 5 stars it was grate. i new that…. [Note from Karen – top secret information is hidden here from Ellianna’s review, just in case anyone reading hasn’t finished the book!…I have explained in my reply to Ellianna that I have to do this sometimes!.]
Molly – Age 11 – April 2021
I have read this novel multiple times and each time I read it it makes me want to laugh, cry and smile all at once. Packed with shocking and stunning scenes, I would recommend this to any budding writer or reader to show what true writing is. This book is 100% one of my favourites and I would love Karen to write some more books, perhaps one for slightly older children? This novel is one for children who aren’t avid readers as it inspired me to read more, and now (unsurprisingly) I love reading as much as my dog! Thank you for reading my review!
Hailey – Age 13 – April 2021
Hi! I’m Hailey and I am 13 years old. I love to write books and The Secret Lake was a great read! I did not expect the twists at the end! Please write more books about Stella and Tom, maybe they get transported to a different timeline in each book. Please keep writing, as I would love to keep reading.
Jakob – April 2021
Hi, Im jakob this book was Stunning I will 100% read this again Karen ill also buy more of your books!
AA – age 8 – April 2021
Dear Karen Inglis,
Ever addictive chapter made me want to read for hours of this suspenseful story, full of friendship, and adventure. I suggest many people should purchase this fabulous book.
– AA, age 8
Janae – March 2021
Dear Karen Inglis, I think your book The Secret Lake is an amazing book. It is very interesting, and I love how you did the cover of the book. When I saw it, I knew it was going to be very interesting. I love reading, and reading always made my day better! Thank you for making this book, and stay safe! By Janae.
Shritika – Age 9 – March 2021
hi, It is Shritika. I can’t believe that I am talking to an author! I really liked this book. I love time traveling. One day, my mom bought me this book, and I thought it would be bad. Turns out, I loved it, and it was amazing! (Fantabulous!!!!!) You must absolutely get this book if you like time traveling!!!! Out of 10, I would give this book 10 stars! ‘Twas nice talking to you! Bye!
Ellie – Age 10 – and Hannah – Age 8 – March 2021
Thank you Karen Inglis for writing The Secret Lake. We really enjoyed it! Please write more adventures of Stella and Tom!
Andy – March 2021
Harper – Age 8 – February 2021
My grandmother gave me this book for Christmas. I loved this book! It felt like I was actually there when I read it. it was a great mystery. This is the longest book I have ever read. I hope to read more of your books.
Harper Hamm, age 8
Janiel – February 2021
It was ghood but one thing I don’t like is Charlie Green being rude to Tom
Emily – Age 7 – February 2021
Hi Karen my name is emily from liverpool in England and I am 7 years old. This was my first chapter book and I read it with my dad. I thought it was a 5 star book and loved it so much I was wondering if you was thinking about doing the secret lake 2! We would love it if you could. Thank you for a great book.
Anonymous – February 2021
i really like the book and like the part when stella and tom find out […..] Note from Karen — I’ve had to hide this bit I’m afraid just in case someone reading here hasn’t read to the end of the book! I hope you understand
Anees – February 2021
I enjoyed the mystery of the book. The main characters are Tom, Stella, Jack and Emma.The mystery of Jack’s son was interesting. I liked the part when Tom and Stella rescue Jack.
Great story. I would recommend for you to check this book out because it has a lot of surprises.
Kenneth – whose 3rd grade daughter read The Secret Lake to him… February 2021❤️ 😊
I bought this book for my 3rd grade daughter’s book report. I must say what an amazing book this was. I had her read it out loud so I would know that she was following along and understanding what was going on. We were both hooked! What an amazing story and the twists, outstanding. I couldn’t believe I was so intrigued! My daughter wanted to say thank you for writing such an amazing book! Best wishes!
Dominic – Age 9 – February 2021
My name is Dominic and this book is so awesome!
It has so much action and surprises. Also, my favourite part was when Tom and Stella save Jack.
I would recommend you to check this book if you haven’t.
It is a very cool book with full of surprises.
Alex – Age 8 – February 2021
I really enjoy this book and give it a 10/10 specially in chapter 7 I was really surprised. My teacher introduced me too this book and now I really want to read more but there isn’t a other one.
Ismail – February 2021
This book was really fun and I wish it could go on TV and my favorite part was they can travel in time. I wish I could read it again but I don’t have the book and I am sad. My favorite character was Stella.
Madison – Age 8 – February 2021
I really enjoyed this book because it has so much action. Action books are my favourite kind of books, so for me it was PERFECT! My favourite part was when they found out Charlie Green’s secret and my favourite character was Emma because she is adventurous and pretty. I hope that the readers enjoy this book as much as I did!
Alexus – Age 10 – February 2021
I thought this was fabulous and more then fabulous it’s wonderful I just love it I can not say how much I love it. Alexus said age 10
David – February 2021
Hi my name is David, I read your book, and I find it is one of my favorite books. I love the suspense throughout the book, and all the excitement I had reading it. I love all the characters, they all tell a background story about them. I also noticed that Stella and Tony’s friendship, I can tell hey have a really strong connection. I have a friendship like them, his name is Kenujan and we’ve been friends for 6 years. I recommend this book to everyone. Thank you
Nikko – Age 9 – February 2021
Hi Karen Inglis I am Nikko age 9 this book was really good because there were really cool twist I have one question Why did you come up with this book ??? Who ever does not like this book is weird because this book is one of my favorites Stay safe Karen and hope you reply!!!! (Make more books because these are the best books)!!!!
Cindy Romero – retired teacher – February 2021
I am a retired teacher in California and have been reading this book to my just turned 12 year old grandson every night before bed via Facetime. We loved the book! I would finish a chapter and have him beg me to continue so we could see what was going to happen. Very intriguing story about time travel, great characters and he had already guessed the ending mid-way through the book. He couldn’t figure out who the gardener was though…lol! Thank you for writing such an entertaining book that we both enjoyed. Waiting for another please!
Tyler – January 2021
I LOVE this book and how Jack and Stella go back in time through the tunnel. I also liked the book because I couldn’t put it down why I couldn’t put it down was how much detail there was. I adore this book because of all the characters usually I don’t like books that have two or three characters because there isn’t as much action as there is with a lot of characters. Thank you sooooooooooooo much for this book! I loved this book and I think you will too!
Hayden – Age 8 – January 2021
Wow I can’t believe how good this book is my name is Hayden and I am 8 and I just love this book if I was rateing it from 1 the worst and 10 the best I would rate it a 10. It’s just so awesome I love the book so much my favorite part is when Stella and Tom find the time tunnel and find out where Harry is going I toatally recommend this book if you want to get one I think you should get this book. I had no books to read only one I read I have so many books but they all are ones I don’t want to read AGEIN. So I love this book and thank you for making it!!!
Lisa – January 2021
I bought this book for my 10 year old daughter during the lockdown. I read the first chapter with her ,then Got so hooked I took the book and read it over 3 nights… Took me back to all the books I used to read as a child. Loved it x
Sophia – Age 9 – January 2021
I wasn’t really interested at first, but as I got deeper into the book, I liked it so much that I didn’t want to stop reading. My favorite character was Harry, because he was a dog and I pictured him as puppy. I hope you write another book like this.
Madie – January 2021
I really love this book, at first I thought this would be a bit young for me, considering the size but don’t judge because I read it all in one night! I literally couldn’t put it down! I want to see a part two! When They meet Emma again in the future!
Chloe – January 2021
I absolutely love this book!! you should get it. it is so fun to read when i saw the title and picture i thought i wasn’t gonna like this book but seriously don’t judge a book by it’s cover! i am in love with this book im glad santa got me this book! you should get this for real it addicting to read! thank you for making this book! its amazing i have so much to say!! but thanks its sooooooooooooooooooo good!!!!!!
Vidhathri – Age 9 – January 2021
A very Happy New Year !!
I am 9 years old and my mother is helping me write.As I live in Germany I don’t have access to many English books here at the library , my Mom saw very good review about this book and ordered it from Amazon and she is very Happy about her decision .
I just loved your book so much , each night we would read this as my bedtime story , infact when we reached chapter 14 , I could not resist to finish it the same day , the end was very interesting , I enjoyed reading it with my mother.
Some how jack’s accent was a bit difficult to follow .
Have you written or plan to write more books like Secret lake , if not I would request you to please make Secret lake part 2 , it will be fun to meet Tom , Stella and Emma once again.
Best Wishes and Regards,
Domenica – January 2021
I really like this book! It is mysterious at the end of the book when they find out *[…….] secret. It is very interesting when they time travel. This book was very good so I read it in 3 or 4 days! My favorite character is Emma Gladstone because she is very kind and likes to go on adventures.
•[…Karen’s note: I’ve masked a couple of clues here, just in case anyone coming to this page has not read the book yet. However, I’ve left them in at the bottom of the page where I reply to the reviews!]
Umama – Age 11 – January 2021
Hi Karen, I hope you are doing good. I loved “The Secret Lake”, it was so mystery filled. So enjoyable to read. My Aunt gave the book to me on my Birthday (December 22nd 2020). I had turned 11 at that time so now I’m 11! I’ve read a few more kid’s reviews and I totally agree that you should make a “The Secret Lake 2”! Also when I was reading the book Jack’s part was the most hard to read because he speaks like I might say in an accent:) Mrs.Moon was my favorite character. Again I want to say great job on the book and keep up the hard work.
Madyson – Age 10 – January 2021
Hi my parents are helping me write this and I really like this book! My mom gave it to me for Christmas and I reread it because I like the book a lot. Also Happy New Year!
Bradley – Age 7 1/2 – January 2021
hello my name is Bradley. I am 7 1/2 years old. my grandad is helping me write this. I liked The Secret Lake because it makes me want to keep turning the pages and I was sorry when we got to the end.
Binyamin – Age 13 – January 2021
Oh my god what a short book written by a master teller it was so good that it had suspense that had a flow from start to finish so was the short chapters. Way too good. So suspenseful I read it in one sitting and that should win a book of the year for suspense. Please write a sequel (reason being because you are a good writer) and add me to your mailing list.
I love this book because it was really mysterious .
Please could you write a secret lake 2 ?
My favorite character is Harry beacause when he plays it sounds a lot of fun.
Theo aged 7
I am leaving a review for your book, The Secret Lake because I want to tell you how good it is, I am amazed at how your book hooked me in and the cliff hangers at the end of most chapters, which kept me exited and sad that the chapter had ended. You are an amazing author and how you keep your books exiting and nerve racking is incredible! of your book. I liked reading this book with my mum and it was so amazing . Thank you for sharing this book with everyone. I would love to have a sequel to describe what Tom and Stella do in the future, because Mrs Moon says that she sees Tom and Stella in the future. So it sounds like their are more adventures to be had. My favourite character is Tom because I love how cheeky he is and always getting in trouble! I also loved how Harry remained with Mrs Moon that was a lovely part of the story too,
Please write another book about these characters because I would really like to read it!