Olivia Kidney and the Secret Beneath the City

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Olivia Kidney has been through a lot. Being able to communicate with ghosts means never a dull moment? or a normal life. But just when things have calmed down, Olivia's father insists she enroll at one of the most prestigious arts schools in Manhattan! Yet her school problems take a backseat when Olivia must help her friend Frannie solve an age-old mystery, one that forces her deep underground into the infamous, intricate subway system of New York City. And what awaits her makes...

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Overview

Olivia Kidney has been through a lot. Being able to communicate with ghosts means never a dull moment? or a normal life. But just when things have calmed down, Olivia's father insists she enroll at one of the most prestigious arts schools in Manhattan! Yet her school problems take a backseat when Olivia must help her friend Frannie solve an age-old mystery, one that forces her deep underground into the infamous, intricate subway system of New York City. And what awaits her makes ghosts look like child's play.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cheryl French
In this third installment of the Olivia Kidney books, Olivia and her father seem to have found a home, albeit in a rather unusual brownstone complete with snapping turtles and ghosts. Old friends and enemies return, and new allies appear, as Olivia adjusts to yet another new school, helps her friend Frannie search for a way to grow, reunites with her mother, and keeps an eye out for potential assassins as the Princepessa's wedding approaches. Things are seldom as they seem, a lesson both Olivia and her readers learn. The story succeeds most on the personal level, with Olivia herself. Younger middle school readers in particular will appreciate this smart and sassy character. She is insightful, empathetic, and strong-willed. She is both comfortable with her outsider status and plagued by a desire for a "normal" life-in other words, she is in the midst of the uncertainties of adolescence. The fantastic elements are grounded by Olivia's realistic, believable voice. Coincidences pull the many plot strands together and propel the story forward, but the result will not be unsatisfying for readers who enjoy fantasy with a pinch of reality, a dollop of urban life, and an ensemble of colorful, quirky characters. Although the book might have greater depth for readers who have met Olivia before, it also stands alone. Potter's rich descriptions, dry humor, and artsy, otherworldly, city setting will keep readers going to the end, and perhaps send them in search of earlier books.
VOYA - Hannah L. Jones
Olivia Kidney has a detailed cast of amusing and eccentric characters who would appeal to anyone. Unfortunately the bossy Princepessa and family of laughable ghosts still fail to support a story line that bounces around in a confusing fashion, without focusing on any main plot point. The writing style itself feels too familiar to be original. Despite these flaws, the dry humor and some clever pieces of dialogue will not go unappreciated by younger audiences.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8
In Olivia Kidney's third adventure, she is reluctantly starting seventh grade at the Malcolm Flavius School for the Arts, where all the children are talented. Olivia suspects that she is not, but luckily there is plenty going on outside of school to distract her-a trip into New York City's ancient and haunted subway system; the impetuous, old Princepessa Christina Lilli, whose impending marriage to ex-cave-dweller Arthur Vondychomps is throwing everyone into turmoil; eccentric Ansel Plover, who runs the Exit Academy for newly departed souls in which Olivia and her father live; and so on. The characters are zany and over-the-top, but Olivia has enough realistic concerns-her inadequate, mostly absent mom and a confusing relationship with a boy named Ruben-to give a solid base to all the wacky events. With so much happening, there are a few loose ends and intriguing but abandoned characters, but Olivia's fans will dive right into the story and won't emerge until the last page.
—Eva MitnickCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142412633
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/8/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 700,552
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Potter lives in Candor, New York.
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    Posted January 12, 2009

    WOW!!!

    I could not put this book down! This by far is my favorite book. It is filled with lots of twists and turns and I just love it!!!!!

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    This book was awesome!! it was amazing. This is a must read

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