The Magic of Finkleton [NOOK Book]

Overview

Most folks say, "Mother Nature controls the rain." However this is not the case in the village of Finkleton.

In the perfect little village of Finkleton, the weather is always perfect. Every farm grows the best, biggest, healthiest crops in the entire world, and everyone is happy.

Soon after the Finkles ...
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The Magic of Finkleton

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Overview

Most folks say, "Mother Nature controls the rain." However this is not the case in the village of Finkleton.

In the perfect little village of Finkleton, the weather is always perfect. Every farm grows the best, biggest, healthiest crops in the entire world, and everyone is happy.

Soon after the Finkles inherit their Uncle Harry's shop and move to Finkleton, they discover magical secrets hidden in his shop. One clue at a time, Jack, Lizzy and Robert learn the town's amazing secret. No, Mother Nature is not in charge in Finkleton!

Ever since Uncle Harry's death, the weather has not been cooperating. Farms are starting to fail. Will the Finkle children be able to solve all the magical mysteries before the village is destroyed?

Come along to Finkleton. A very special, magical adventure is about to begin!

Age Group: 9-12+
Pages: 185
Word Count: Approximately 34,500

Received the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval July 8, 2011
Literary Classics Finalist September 29, 2011
Literary Classics Gold Award Recipient for Best of Pre-Teen Fiction October 14, 2011

The next book in the Finkleton series: Return to Finkleton (book 2).

Note From Author:
The actual paperback book has 185 pages with 32,000 words.
Second Edition - re-edited - clickable contents pages 3-1-14
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Editorial Reviews

Review the Book - Angela Simmons Review the Book
As you turn each page “The Magic Of Finkleton” comes to life in this amazing book. Young readers will delight as they unlock the magic that awaits. A very entertaining read, with an ending that leaves you wanting more. Children of all ages will enjoy this magical story as they embark on a journey of magical discovery right along with the Finkle’s. I believe that fans of Nanny McPhee will love this book as it offers that same English charm.
Kirkus - Kirkus Reviews
Hilton tells a creative tale of a magical rural village in England. Although more mature audiences will easily discern the plot’s movement, there are enough surprises to keep all readers interested. The book moves along smoothly from beginning to end, with realistic portrayals of sibling disagreements, as well as solidarity, throughout the book... The author introduces magical artifacts such as hourglasses, scrolls and weathered maps with a perspective that is fresh and unique.
CLC - Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
The Magic of Finkleton, by KC Hilton, takes young readers on an exciting literary adventure. Siblings, Robert, Jack and Lizzy are plunged into a world of intrigue when their house is destroyed in a thunderstorm, a disaster which befalls them at precisely the same time their Great Uncle dies, bequeathing them his home and general store in the picture-perfect town of Finkleton. KC Hilton has created a vibrant tale of intrigue which is sure to ignite enthusiasm in the minds of young readers.
Reader's Favorites - Readers Favorites Reviews Rita V
K.C. Hilton brings a powerful punch of magic into a fast-paced older children’s book that does not disappoint. I found it to be inquisitive, exciting, and truly fun to read. I loved the use of descriptive words; the plot was full of twists and turns. K.C. creates the perfect recipe of magic, adventure and imagination. I can easily see K.C Hilton’s series as either a television series or a film series comparable to Harry Potter, and I do not say that lightly.
Angela Simmons Review the Book
As you turn each page “The Magic Of Finkleton” comes to life in this amazing book. Young readers will delight as they unlock the magic that awaits. A very entertaining read, with an ending that leaves you wanting more. Children of all ages will enjoy this magical story as they embark on a journey of magical discovery right along with the Finkle’s. I believe that fans of Nanny McPhee will love this book as it offers that same English charm.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012191274
  • Publisher: K.C. Hilton
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Series: Finkleton, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 185
  • Sales rank: 187,141
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 1,010 KB

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Aurora, Illinois I spent my childhood climbing trees and playing street games with the neighborhood kids. I was a proud tomboy, until the day I didn’t want to hike the land to an old graveyard. From that point forward I was considered a “girl”.

At the age of seventeen I moved to Kentucky and eventually began to raise a family of my own. Having worn several “hats” my life has been an adventure all on its own. Still, to this day, I yearns to be a mechanic and own a pink toolbox with pink tools.

I can usually be found updating my website, reading great books, watching awesome movies or creating videos for my YouTube channel. Most days I craves Diet Coke, pizza and chocolate, in no particular order.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    I absolutely loved this book! Great for kids, and fun for adults to read as well. The perfect bedtime story book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!

    This book is great for a kids imagination to explore. Hope there's more to come

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    It would be...

    ...wonderful to live in this world!!

    Let me just begin this review by stating that this book is NOT a teen or adult book. It's plainly stated that it is a children's book - middle grade, actually. So to the people complaining on Goodreads? You're not very bright are you? Additionally to those not very bright people on Goodreads, I fail to see how this debut novel from Hilton was predictable or boring.

    Harry Finkle, owner of the general store in the middle of the perfect village of Finkleton, has unexpectedly died. William Finkle, Harry's nephew, and his family has unexpectedly lost their home to a fire. As Harry's only family, they move to Finkleton and take over the shop. The main characters are not, in fact, the parents, but rather their children Jack (14), Lizzy (12), and Robert (8). There are secrets to be found throughout the store and the rooms in the back. A room full of hourglasses? A library filled with nothing but books on vegetables, fruits, and herbs? An office sporting a large map of the village of Finkleton? What do all of these have in common and can the children figure it all out before it's too late?

    The book in general is a pretty fast read (only 184 pages) and I'm more than confident that children would find it exciting, fast-paced, and magical. Hell, I'm almost 25 years old and I find it to be what I've described. So boring? Nope. Predictable? Not at all. Worth reading to kids (or even for yourself)? Absolutely. Check it out, mes amours.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

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    The Magic of Finkleton by K.C. Hilton

    Their house burning down left few choices for the Finkle family. Taking over their recently deceased Uncle Harry's general store in Finkleton was their only option. Arriving in the small England village after hearing father's stories of Uncle Harry and his store, each of the three children were intrigued just enough to be looking forward to exploring everything. After a modicum of unpacking, they all wanted to look at the store and the house, Jack was the oldest and was looking forward to learning more of the workings of the store and finding the office in disarray, organizing was his first priority. The middle child and only girl was an avid reader and since the fire had consumed her store of books, she was only interested in the promised room of books. Once there, she quickly figured out how they were organized and selected her first nights reading material with the promise to return for them all at some point. As the youngest, Richard was trying to find his own place when he found something much more interesting. The lever under the counter seemed to control the rain. Astonished at his find, Richard wanted this to be his secret from everyone, but as the consequences started making themselves clear, her realized he needed hop to make sure Mr. Bad Guy never found out the true secrets of the success of Finkleton.
    - **** -
    What an adorable story. Some of the dialogue and wording felt a bit awkward at times, but I was hooked from the start and simply enjoyed it all the way to the end. While it was set approximately 100 or so years ago, this is one of those timeless fantasies. Simply adored all the children even with their sibling rivalry and teasing. This would be a fun book to read with younger kids (5-8) or to let older kids (8 and up) read on their own. It makes for a wonderful story, creative with some great characters, truly a story for all ages.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Great Read

    After their house is mysteriously burnt, the Finkles learn that their Uncle Harry had died the exact same night, and he left all his belongings to them, including his general store. The Finkles pack up what didn't burn in the fire and move to Finkleton to start a new life. The three children are Jack, Lizzy, and Robert, who are all uniquely different from another. Jack is the oldest and thinks he is the brightest. He enjoys numbers and organizing things. Lizzy is the bookworm of the family, and Robert is the youngest.

    The family moves into the apartment above of the general store. Lizzy is sad that all of her books were burnt in the fire, but instantly became happy when her father told her that Uncle Harry had a library in a secret room in the store. Most of the books are non-fiction, and Lizzy wants to read them all. Robert investigates the store and finds a strange room filled with hourglasses that are labeled and has a string attached to each of them, but one of the strings was broken.

    The family reopens the store, with a few customers complaining about all the rain because Finkleton use to have the perfect weather for farming. A stranger named Mr. Lowsley shows up several times asking about land he could buy. Robert doesn't like this man, and believes that he is up to no good.

    Then, Robert pulls on a wood lever hidden in the store and the rain suddenly stops. Did Uncle Harry control the weather in Finkleton? Why does Mr. Lowsly want to buy land in Finkleton?

    When I received this book in the mail, my first thought was "This is a dazzling cover." After reading the page and a half prologue, I was hooked into the world of Finkleton. It was a nice change to read an original book that doesn't involve vampires and werewolves. I got a kick out of the kids bickering back and forth in the beginning of the book and enjoyed it when they started to work together to solve the mystery of Uncle Harry's store. The Magic of Finkleton is a great read for both children and adults!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    Recommend to students and families.. Check it out!!!

    A great book which will encourage children to read. It is filled with fantasy and magical experiences of three children. My 10 year old Grandson loved the book commenting as he turned every page. With much excitement in his voice and in his actions as he continued to read. He could hardly wait to read the next chapter to unveil the many secrets of the book. He has even recommended it to one of his teachers, Will there be a sequel??? We are anxiously waiting.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

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    Very Highly Recommended

    THE MAGIC OF FINKLETON BY KC HILTON I have yet to read a book from the Night Publishing stables that has not left me in awe of the brilliant writing ability of it's authors. The Magic of Finkleton by KC Hilton is no exception. William Finkles' uncle dies unexpectedly leaving his store and home to his nephew. Ironically Williams' family home is burnt to the ground at exactly the same time. So the family due to this qwerk of fate relocate to the village of Finkleton. Sceptics would say 'coincidence naturally' but the dwellers in Finkleton would state even more clearly 'that's the magic of Finkleton.' William, his wife Emma and their three children Jack, Elizabeth and Robert settle into their new home and start to become established in the welcoming village. The old fashioned store holds many secrets that the children discover one by one. Elizabeth (Lizzie) the bookworm through her obsessive factual reading of her great uncles' books. Jack through his obsession with tidyness, and Robert through his obsession with machinery. The dusty old shop slowly allows each of the children to discover their Great uncles' secrets. Each child at first is determined to keep their discoveries well hidden from their siblings until the opportunity arises for them to disccuss their finds in full. Through trial and error the children correct the crop rotation by learning to control the weather. To state more would give this wonderous storyline away. As it states in the prologue .... Some folks say Finkleton holds the luckiest lands in England. Others shrug instead and say that it's a magical place. This is a striking book for all ages and which of us can ignore the magic that fate has to offer. I would urge you to buy this book and enjoy it's magic. Highy Recommended 5 stars. ã Teresa Geering 08/05/2011

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Recommend especially for Middle School Children... Check it out !!!!!

    A great book which will encourage children to read. It is filled with fantasy and magical experiences of three children. My 10 year old Grandson loved the book commenting as he turned every page, With much excitement in his voice and in his actions as he continued to read. He could hardly wait to read the next chapter to unveil the many secrets of the book. We both thoroughly enjoyed the book. He has even recommended it to one of his teachers. Will there be a sequel????? We are anxiously waiting....

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2011

    READ THIS BOOK!!!!

    This is a great book! Perfect for Tweens and Young Adults, it will pull you in from the the first page, and won't let go until you turn the last page. LOVED IT!!!

    E.S. Tevens

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Amazing Read!

    This was an absolutely amazing read. I heard there is a sequel to it so I am happy I can keep going!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    For the kids and the kid in you

    The Magic of Finkleton, is written for kids I see that. However I know that whether you are a kid or for the kid still in you, this book makes you believe.
    I am 69 yrs young and it brought so much enjoyment and memories back to me. The people there at Finkleton, the atmosphere, just kept me reading wanting to know more about the Finkle kids. Just to follow their adjustments to a new place and finding what makes Finkleton a special place. When I finished the book, it made me want to know more. Everyone needs to read this book. I hope to expect to hear more from this talented new writer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    I want 5 star,s

    AWESOME!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    This was a great read! Highly recommended by the 450 students, t

    This was a great read! Highly recommended by the 450 students, teachers and parents of Poestenkill Elementary School in Powestenkill, NY.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Great book!

    This is a fun magical book that alwas has you gessing what will happen next it's filled with excitement!I can't wait to read the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

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    Returned me to the magic of childhood! This book, though written

    Returned me to the magic of childhood!
    This book, though written for children, can encompass all ages in the way of fairy tales of yore. A magical time when things are not what they seem. Well-written to keep anticipation coming, and flows with mystery and curiosity. An old shopkeeper dies and the village farms of Finkleton are instantly inundated with rain. At the same time a home in another village is struck by lightning and burned. What is happening with the weather?

    The home that was destroyed happened to belong to the heir to the old shopkeeper's store and property, and therein lies this delicious story. The displaced family of five arrive in Finkleton and very soon the youngest child makes a mysterious discovery. He keeps it secret but before long his sister, who reads everything readable, learns the secret. But when the weather gets out of control, they must let their older brother know what is happening. Should they tell their parents what they have found? Are there more secrets hidden in the old shop? Is Mother Nature really in charge of the weather?

    KC Hilton creates an entire world, not on a different planet, not even in an enchanted forest. No, this is a village surrounded by farms, some very famous and lush farms, in fact the most productive farms and best-tasting produce in the world. But even in such a perfect location, danger can rear its ugly head. I was charmed by this magical adventure and I can tell the next will be exciting, too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    As a fan and avid reader of middle grade fiction, I was very exc

    As a fan and avid reader of middle grade fiction, I was very excited to read this book when K.C. was nice enough to send me a copy. For one, look at that amazing cover! That alone made me want to read this book. Fortunately, though, I didn't have to fall victim to taking a risk and reading this based only on the cover; the premise of the story was enough to draw me in.

    The story follows three siblings- Jack, Robert, and Lizzy- whose uncle, Harry Finkle, just passed away. Now the children and their parents must move to Harry's village called Finkleton to maintain his shop. Finkleton is a place where the weather is always perfect, where crops flourish and people are happy. However, the weather has been very different lately and the farmland is beginning to fall. Once in Finkleton, the children begin to discover the many secrets that the villiage and shop hold, and find out that they must restore the magic of this wonderful place before everything falls apart.

    Reading this book really brought me back to the old days of reading the Magic Tree House series, a time when those kind of books taught me lessons like keeping your promises, being honest, and working together to solve problems. This book accomplishes same thing in that the characters demonstrate all those important lessons that kids need to learn as they grow. I feel that children will see the growth of these characters in the book and take away a thing or two to use for themselves.

    This is definitely a book that I recommend to children ages 8-12. Because the book is set in England, in a time of horses-and-buggies, the language and the writing style that goes with it may be a little challenging for the younger portion of the age group to read, but I think if a parent were to read it to their younger kids, they'd have a lot of fun with it. The 10 to 12-year range shouldn't have any problems reading this book though.

    Bottom line is, I really enjoyed this book and the sense of magic that I felt while reading it. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book and seeing what other adventures the Finkle children have.

    ~C

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    I enjoyed this book

    I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. Lizzy reminds me of my sister haha! The Finkle family lives in England in the olden days, because they use candles and have horses.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    The Magic of Finkleton - is Magic!!

    In these days of horror and starvation, endless vampires and witchcraft on every TV and Cinema screen who wouldn't be at a loss to think the devil was at work. So it is a pure joy to read, ney endulge and get totally lost into the delightful world of FINKLETON. As an Englishman - well Welshman actually with family links to the aristocracy and a fair knowledge of his language, the idea of an American author from deepest Kentucky writing about a quaint mystical place called Finkleton near Bath (one of my favourite cities) in rich, rural England would you have thought passed me by. I have my biased of course -yet I was given not one Americanism. The characters alive and so beautifully developed and so, so English in their aliveness. Fun, imaginative and a pure delight to be part of the Finkleton life. Unusual and different! You can keep your deep, black Harry Potters of this world this book is pure chemistry! Good Luck KC Hilton! I am proud to be a part of FINKLELAND. Jonathan Evans - Narrator.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    i liked it a lot

    dear miss hilton my dad said i could tell you i like your book a lot. im doing a book report for class. is there going to be another book? is the clock magic to? thank you a lot. lee jr

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    My daugher and I enjoyed this book!

    This is a great book. My daughter is still talking about it! We read it together on my Nook Color (which we LOVE by the way). This book is now the talk of our neighborhood. I'm going to order the actual book for Christmas and an hourglass to surprise her :) In the book there are magical hourglasses that control the weather in Finkleton. Lizzy and Robert are her favorite characters. She loves the book trailer (she's watched it over and over) and listened to part of the audio book on the authors website. She was so excited when I found it. I can't explain how much joy this book has brought to my daugher. That itself makes me, as a parent, happy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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