Hyacinth & the Secrets Beneath: Novel Winners

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Thank you Random House!



Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath
By Jacob Sager Weinstein
Series: Hyacinth Series, #1
Published by Random House Children’s Books
ISBN-13: 9780399553172
Lexile: 810L
Age Range: 8 – 12 Years

Magic is real. History is a big, fat lie.

Before Hyacinth Hayward moves from Illinois to London, she reads up on the city’s history. Too bad for her. Because the books are wrong. The truth is, London was built on magical 
rivers, and all the major events in its past have been about people 
trying to control the magic. Hyacinth discovers this when her mom is kidnapped. In the chase to get her back, Hyacinth encounters a giant intelligent pig in a bathing suit, a boy with amnesia, an adorable tosher (whatever that is), a sarcastic old lady, and a very sketchy unicorn. Somehow Hyacinth has to figure out who to trust, so she can save her mom and, oh yeah, not cause a second Great Fire of London.

“The action is nonstop from the moment the protagonist’s mother is abducted to the ending, which leaves the door open for a sequel. With plot twists and potty humor galore, this is an entertaining read-aloud that should keep even reluctant readers engaged. VERDICT Fans of Suzanne Collins’s ‘The Underland Chronicles’ and Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams’s ‘Tunnels’ series will enjoy this fantastic, funny adventure.” 
—School Library Journal
“This setup can’t help leading to a rollicking adventure with a lulu of an ending that comes with the promise of a sequel. Middle graders will adore clever Hyacinth and enjoy the other humorous characters, the puns (Oaroboarus, indeed), and the suspenseful narrative.”  —Kirkus Reviews


Hyacinth: Book Stack Treasure Hunt (PDF)


Nome Public Schools, Nome, AK
Highland Arts Elementary School, Mesa, AZ
Hazelton District Public Library, HAZELTON, BC
Astor county Library, Astor, FL
Six Mile Regional Library District, Granite City, IL
St. John Catholic School, Lawrence, KS
Opelousas Catholic School, Opelousas, LA
Glen Lake Community School, Maple City, MI
Dobbs Elementary, Kansas City, MO
East Wake School, Wendell, NC
Long Branch Free Public Library, Long Branch, NJ
Hardyston Elementary School, Franklin, NJ
Cooper Community Library, Oakwood, OH
Wister Public Library, Wister, OK
Boyertown Community Library, Boyertown, PA
Greenbush Elementary School, West Warwick, RI
Charleston County Public Library, Charleston, SC
Sanger Public Library, Sanger, TX
Del Valle Middle School, Del Valle, TX
Buckingham County Elementary School, Dillwyn, VA
Chambers Prairie Elementary Library, Lacey, WA
Mineral Point Public library, Mineral Point, WI

One Comment

  1. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Sounds like a fun book!

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