Friday, February 29, 2008

The Treasures of Weatherby...

I hadn't heard anything about the Treasures of Weaterby, which led me to think it would fall flat. But you know what?

I loved it!

The story of a young boy (Harleigh) living in a falling-to-pieces manor house, with an assortment of odd and old family members, the book falls into the category of "books about kids with mysterious places to explore", which I LOVE! Hidden spaces, overgrown gardens, secret rooms and trapdoors. Mazes and towers and hidden treasures.

I'll admit that the character of Allegra (Harleigh's secret friend) is a bit of a disappointment in the end. She gets "wrapped up" too quickly, after a well paced read. But that aside-the book is wonderful! It has that "is this magic or not?" vibe Zilpha Keatly Snyder is so darn good at!


Jen Robinson said...

I liked this one, too, Laurel, though I actually felt that the development of Harleigh's character got wrapped up a bit quickly. But I love Snyder's work. I featured this book as part of the Under the Radar cross-blog effort several months back, because I, too, thought that it could use a bit more attention.

And in case I've never mentioned it, I love seeing Gone Away Lake in your sidebar. It's one of my all-time favorites.

Laurel said...

Funny you say that... I actually thought of the Villa Caprice when I read Weatherby!!!