The Crooked Sixpence

The Crooked Sixpence

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When their grandmother Sylvie is rushed to the hospital, and their house is ransacked, Ivy Sparrow and her annoying big brother Seb find themselves in a completely uncommon world, a secret underground city called Lundinor where ordinary objects have amazing powers. It seems that their family is connected to one of the greatest uncommon treasures of all time-- and the forces of evil are determined to steal it!
Publisher: New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780553498431
Characteristics: 309 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Mountford, Karl James


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Jun 01, 2018

This book was very fun and I enjoyed this new universe that Bell created.

Ivy Sparrow and her brother kick-off this book by taking their grandmother to the hospital. Soon afterward the undergaurds, (loathsome men with toilet brushes,) show up and try to arrest them. Why? They don't know, but they're not sticking around to find out.

The sparrow siblings bike away as fast as they can in order to escape the undergaurds, and end up hitching a ride through a travel bag with fourteen-year-old Vilian Kaye.

Unfortunately for the siblings, soon a few mysterious evildoers are after something that they think Ivy and Seb have. The siblings have no idea what it might be, but they can't convince the villians, so the bad guys get desperate and kidnap their parants, who will be lost to all the world within two days if the sparrows don't give the bad guys what they seek.

Full of mystery and presumtion, this book will have readers rattling with delight.

I unfortunatly cannot give this five stars for several reasons; 1 I do not enjoy books that children have to hide things from thier parents, 2 I hate the undergaurds. Hey look! We can arrest anyone we want if they might have a bit of useful information! And 3: It was too dark for my taste, although maybe that was just because I read it at ten o'clock at night. Whatever the reason is, I hope that the next book has a bit more whimsy, and flair.

JCLChrisK Aug 10, 2017

The story starts in the back of a rushing ambulance during a medical emergency and never slows down. Ivy and Seb get their granma to the hospital then leave, only to find her house has been ransacked. Before they can figure that out, strangely dressed men appear at the door and threaten to arrest them. A stranger helps them steal away--by magically transporting them into an underground realm where the dead walk, the authorities pursue them, and the darkest forces are holding their parents for ransom under threat of death. All while the siblings have no idea what is going on, scrambling from one situation to the next while trying to make sense of it all.

This is a fun and inventive adventure featuring resourceful young characters and an intriguing mythology. 3.5 stars.

KCLS_RobinH May 01, 2017

This book began with more promise than it showed by the end. A mashup of Harry Potter, Diana Wynne Jones, and a heap of Tim Burton, it tried to be too many things at once, and not too subtly as it did. However, I hope that this brother-sister kid team with a newly-discovered inherited ability to use common objects for their magical powers (beware of toilet brushes throwing sparks, and grab a buckled belt when you need to float out of a tunnel) will have more good stories to embrace in this continued series. The Races of the Dead may show us a few surprises!

storytimekelly Mar 05, 2017

While this is no Harry Potter, it is certainly enough of a read-alike to please kids who love adventure, magic, and young characters with the gumption and courage to take on the bad guys. A shrewder reader may be turned off by how many parallels can be drawn between J.K. Rowling's masterpiece and Bell's lesser universe, but it should satisfy most. The magical world is alive with fun details and the reader will root for the likeable characters. An advanced first or second grader might enjoy this read, save for the sometimes truly scary scenes. I would recommend this to fans of this genre, grades 3-5.

JCLHilaryS Mar 01, 2017

The first in a new series about enchanted items and worlds hidden from common view. Ivy and Seb Sparrow are thrown into a previously unknown world, where everything seems unbelievable. Unsure who or what to trust, Ivy and Seb must navigate Lundinor and unravel the mystery surrounding their grandmother, who has no memory of her life before a car accident in 1969. While everyday items take on properties that seem magical, Ivy soon learns the truth behind their unusual abilities, and learns of the darker side of Lundinor history. When their parents are captured and held as ransom, Ivy and Seb must pick up the pace, but multiple undead creatures and hidden identities put them at risk of not only failing to unravel the mystery surrounding their grandmother, but of losing their parents or even their own lives.


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