The Children of Castle Rock

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Who Wrote It?

Natasha Farrant writes partly because “in my stories I can live the lives I’m not”. She has worked in children's publishing for nearly twenty years. She runs her own literary scouting agency. She is the author of the Carnegie longlisted and Branford Boase shortlisted Young Adult historical novel The Things We Did For Love, as well as two successful adult novels. Natasha was shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Award 2014, and the second Bluebell Gadbsy book, Flora in Love, is longlisted for the Guardian Children's Prize. She lives in London with her husband and their two daughters.

What's It About?

When Alice Mistlethwaite is shipped off to boarding school in Scotland it’s nothing like she imagines. Run by the mysterious Major, there are no punishments and the students are more likely to be taught about body painting or extreme survival than maths or English! Then Alice’s dad goes missing and she must run away to find him. Can she persuade her new friends to help? So begins an epic quest across wild Scottish highlands and islands, where friendships will be made and broken, lies will be untangled and the children will face danger and excitement at every turn. Both hilarious and heartfelt, this is the classic adventure story brought bang up to date, and told in Natasha’s inimitable voice.

Fact File

Natasha is a Londoner born and bred.

She is ‘three-quarters French with a little bit of Dutch thrown in’.

She would like a horse, a large old house with a secret passages, a fig tree, a walnut tree, lots of dogs and rolling hills on one side of her and the sea on the other.

Natasha enjoys lots of conversations with her cat, Amber.

To find out more about Natasha check out her website http://www.natashafarrant.com/ or follow her on Twitter @natashafarrant1.

Your Reviews

Evelyn from Thorpe Primary School :

I thought that the beginning was a bit hard to get into and it wasn’t the best. But when it got to Part 2 it got better and more mysterious. I am really enjoying it now so give it a chance if it you are thinking it is a bit rubbish!

Evelyn gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Matthew from Calverley c of e primary school :

I like this book because it made me feel like I was actually in the book it was that detailed and it had some really good vocabulary in it and I really like chapter 1

Matthew gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Nina from Calverley C.E Primary School:

I love the book, it has a great mystery behind it. It is very interesting and it WILL draw you into the it, the plot makes sense, but the reason why I didn't rate it up to 5, is because I did find some parts a little confusing, soon after, I understood and it went along with what I was reading. I definitely would recommend to people who like mystery stories, with a twist.

Nina gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Phoebe from Calverley C of E:

I loved the book but I just feel that the start of the book was dragging on a bit. But aside from that, I loved the mystery. I liked how at the school everyone had a talent. I would have loved to have gone to that school!

Phoebe gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

reece from raynville primary school:

very funny at some points, a great adventure for thrill-seeking children but at some points a little confusing.

reece gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Abby from Grange Farm Primary School:

The book was surprising it started from a day at boarding school to a mysterious adventure

Abby gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Chloe from Grange Farm Primary School:

The book was very interesting, adventurous and full of surprises. It gives us a lot of information and leaves you questioning in your mind. I really enjoyed reading it because the characters had different personalities and opinions.

Chloe gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Nikola from Grange Farm Primary School:

I really enjoyed reading this book because,all the time it was a mystery and i kept wondering what would happen next.

Nikola gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Paige from Grange Farm Primary School:

This book was adventurous,but mysterious at the same time. Also it was full of surprises.

Paige gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Jessica from Grange Farm primary school:

The book was detailed it showed Alice's emotions well. The adventures where full of mysteries and surprises. You never knew what would come next.The author kept you waiting to build up the suspense for the adventures.

Jessica gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.