Mischief at Midnight

 
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Mischief at Midnight
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8+
Release Date
June 28, 2016
ISBN
978-0545904032
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Anastasia Stolonov and Edie Wilson are back at boarding school after spending the summer apart, and they can't wait to be dormmates again! Unfortunately, things don't go as planned, and Edie is stuck with Janet, the new girl at Knight's Haddon.

Janet isn't like anyone the other girls have ever met before. She's cool, confident, and a little rebellious, so Edie is thrilled that Janet seems to like her. And as Edie's friendship with Anastasia becomes rocky, Janet is the only one on Edie's side. But when mysterious things begin to happen, Edie starts to think that Janet may not be all she seems--and suddenly events take a dangerous turn. Will Edie be able to salvage her friendships and uncover what's going on before the clock runs out?

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Mystery and Mischief
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4.0
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Edie is back at Knight's Haddon for another term. She was separated from Anastasia during the summer and can't wait to see her friend again. She quickly learns that she and Anastasia are not going to room together. Instead Edie is to room with the new girl Janet. That's when the trouble starts. Anastasia is quick to blame Edie when things go wrong. From her birthday excursion to the ferrets everything is Edie's fault in Anastasia's eyes. After one incident gets Edie's entire grade to turn against her she decides to figure out who really is behind everything.

I absolutely love the mystery of these books. The whodunnit that runs throughout this book with the boarding school setting, makes this one I couldn't put down. Edie is a great main character who I have enjoyed getting to know these past two books. She's extremely loyal to Anastasia and doesn't ever want her to get in trouble. She's always willing to take the blame. Her close relationship to the headmistress Miss Fotheringay makes her an easy target for the other kids. I loved that Esme really shows girl relationships at such a young age. It's easy to forget how much we want to handle everything by ourselves. Which you see a lot with Edie. She has come from a hard background and you can see that she doesn't trust adults. Many times throughout this book she doesn't tell a teacher or Miss Fotheringay what's really going on. She believes she can handle it herself. Which most of the time she does. But I loved her relationship with Miss Fotheringay. She really wants to take care of Edie and protect her.

This book is fun and exciting to read. Especially if you like boarding schools and mysteries. It's got a great thrill factor and you never know who to trust. This is a great book for those kids that love mysteries and trying to figure out themselves who the suspect is. A great and exciting read for many young kids, boys or girls.
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Ferrets and Friendship
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Edie and Anastasia return to Knight's Haddon after their adventures in The Girl with the Glass Bird only to find that Edie has to room with recalcitrant new girl, Janet. Not only that, but other things are changing as well. The tower, which had been used by the students, has been sold, and the students are very disappointed. Anastasia's father and mother are still very remote, and after her father cancels birthday plans, the girls decide to go to a fair in the village by themselves. They are found out, of course, but not until after someone presses two ferrets upon them, and they manage to take them back to school. Miss Fotheringay gives Edie approval to keep them in the animal shed even though Anastasia considers them hers, and Janet takes quite a liking to them. Janet gets Edie into all kinds of trouble, because she is perfectly happy to get kicked out of school. Edie and Anastasia have a fragile relationship anyway, and when Edie is accused of setting the ferrets free, the two fall out. Janet goes home with Edie for break, and seems to like Edie's family more than Edie does! Edie isn't comfortable breaking the rules, but she wants to remain friends with Janet, who manages to drag her into major trouble.
Good Points
Knight's Haddon is a boarding school that many readers would love to attend. I can think of a lot of older books that feature this type of school, but it's harder to find one set in modern times. Girls who liked Harry Potter but don't normally read fantasy will find this foray into the drama of interpersonal relationships when schoolmates are also room mates will enjoy both books in the series.

Janet is an interesting character, if not a pleasant one. There are not a lot of students whose aim it is to get kicked out of school, but middle school certainly makes just about everyone entertain those thoughts from time to time!

Drama, intrigue, and lots of unauthorized adventures make Mischief at Midnight a great read for students who harbor fantasies of attending a British boarding school.
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