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Posted May 13, 2013
Living with their Great Uncle Harry and helping in his shop, Robert, Lizzy, and Jack has discovered some magical secrets. In the first book Magic of Finkleton, the trio was able to stop their nemesis, Mr. Lowsley’s dastardly plot to try and force people into selling their house to him by fixing the lever under the counter of their uncle’s shop. That lever controlled the rain in Finkleton. Now, a new lever has appeared. When Robert discovers a secret room under his uncle’s study, he also discovers a lever that creates lightning in Finkleton. When he pulls the lever, he finds out that Miss Caroline, a friend of the family’s, house has burned down. To make matters worse, the hourglasses in the shop, that somehow help to control the weather, malfunction and Robert accidentally blurts the problem out to his uncle in front of Mr. Lowsley. Now Mr. Lowsley is threatening Robert and his family if Robert doesn’t tell the magical secret of Finkleton. Thinking that he can get past all of the bad things and prevent himself from betraying his family, Robert messes with a clock in his uncle’s study that’s supposed to go forward or backward. Unfortunately, he not only winds the clock forward, but manages to break just as he gets 25 years into the future. Can Robert figure out a way to fix the clock, save Finkleton from Mr. Lowsley, and fix the problem he created?
A delightful, time travel fantasy. The characters are likable and realistic. The plot is well-developed, well-paced, and entertaining. Readers who have read the first book in the series will have an easier time following this book, but it can be read without having read the first one. Fans of fantasy, adventure, time travel, and magic will enjoying reading this book.
Posted February 23, 2013
I loved the time travel fantasy in this book. Robert is my favorite character. I enjoyed learning more about why Lizzy reads certain books. Fantastic read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 23, 2013
I really enjoyed The Magic of Finkleton (book 1), but I LOVED this book! OMG! This was an amazing read and better quality (better editing?) !!! I can't wait to read Saving Finkleton (book 3). The first chapter was so great!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted August 14, 2012
Who controls time? In this, the second Finkleton book, the magic begins with a new secret uncovered. Robert finds out the hard way, first playing with the old clock, spinning the hour hand, and then by breaking it. How did he become 35 years old? He's supposed to be 10 years old. This isn't right! And how will he fix the clock and return to normal, is it even possible? How time flies! Robert is shocked to discover his sister and brother have also aged by 25 years.
We travel around Finkleton and discover everything has changed, and not for the better. Teamwork is needed to return Finkleton to its wondrous and happy days of wonderful weather, just the right weather to produce the best crops in the world, and to restore Miss Caroline's house, which was destroyed by lightning. As the Finkle children discovered in the first book, they must not keep secrets from each other and they must trust each other to work as a team. Otherwise, a serious mistake can leave disaster in its wake, and that is exactly what they now face together.
The children, adults through a large portion of this book, must find a way to turn back the clock. Together they are able to fix the clock but there are more secrets to be learned. At least they have learned that the "bad" man, Mr. Lowsley, has not been giving them trouble over the past 25 years. Finding the new secret room with even more books, even the books are magical. But who are the two young men Robert saw who look so familiar? And, what exactly does Miss Caroline know and why? Are there really fairies? Ah, this question must wait for another episode of life in the magic town of Finkleton. Another wonderful tale for young people, with life lessons hidden in the adventures. Recommended for ages 9-12, I find it an enjoyable series for any age, perhaps some memories of the childhood left behind. Another winner for KC Hilton.
Posted May 24, 2012
"Return to Finkleton" continues where "The Magic of Finkleton" left off. Once again, I enjoyed the relationship between the three siblings, as well as the message that keeping secrets can be dangerous. I also enjoyed hearing about Harry Finkle's childhood. What I liked the best was the hidden library, as well as the treasure of books it contained. I'm looking forward to learning more about the history of Finkleton, and to reading more adventures of the Finkle children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2012
In Return To Finkleton, K. C. Hilton, the author, once again displays her exceptional talent by using her lively imagination, intriguing storyline, and realistic dialog to take readers on an unforgettable adventure. This is an author that readers need to watch; she possesses all the attributes of a writer who is bound for success. All seems well with the Finkle family two years after they relocate to Finkleton where Mr. Finkle’s Uncle Harry had lived prior to his passing. He had left them a general store to run that included living quarters on the second floor. Unknown to William and Emma Finkle, their three children had uncovered a magical secret in the building that kept the weather perfect, causing the farmers’ crops to flourish. At that time, Robert was ten years old, his sister Elizabeth was fourteen, and Jack, the eldest, was sixteen. Readers quickly learn that there are other mystical secrets revealed to the children—ones that would have a direct effect upon the Finkle family as well as others who lived in the small village. The children, with their inquisitive minds and adventurous spirits, find a secret door leading to an underground library where there are mysterious books with strange powers. There is also a magical clock that controls time, but they had agreed it would be best to leave it alone. As the story unfolds, the supernatural events will keep the eyes of readers glued to the written words with much anticipation. If you want to see snow in the summer and thousands of glowworms brightening the land every evening, I suggest you plan a trip to Finkleton in the near future. It is a pleasure to recommend this enchanting book to readers of all ages. After all, most of us are children at heart when it comes to magical happenings. Also, readers get a sneak peak at a third book—Saving Finkleton—which will be released in the near future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2012
THE MAGIC OF FINKLETON set the scene, but WOW oh WOW we are sent into another world of time travel and adventures beyond compare - literally!! Having narrated the first book, I was naturally curious as the childrens next adventure plus the introduction of some brilliant created and thought out new characters - a real lovely challenge for a narrator.
Robert still lags behind his brother and sister and after several new and exciting "discoveries" along the way he makes a dreadful mistake unleashing a set of circumstances that seem irrevicable! However, something thay all agreed to never meddle with takes him on a brave, lonely and courageous journey of time travel! How can Mr.Lowsely be stopped THIS time? Why does Miss.Caroline wink at him in the past and present? And the staircase into the abyss! The magic of Finkleton was the starter, KC HIlton has now supplied the meat and two veg meal with this runaway epic!!! Any child and adult will be taken away from their woes and current economic climate and this beauty will bring sunshine into anyone's life! I badger her to write and finish SAVING Finkleton! For there's something magical in them there trees?!
Jonathan Evans, UK
Narrator - Return to Finkleton.
Posted April 13, 2012
In KC Hilton's newest book, Return to Finkleton, siblings, Jack, Lizzie and Robert find themselves immersed in adventure once again. Two short years after moving to Finkleton, Lizzie stumbles upon a secret so incredible, it simply cannot be contained. After over-hearing Lizzie speak of it with Jack, Robert sets out to find the source of her secret. As a result of his discovery, Robert unwittingly causes a calamitous series of events. Distraught and ridden with feelings of guilt, he sets his mind to making things right . . . and in the process, embarks upon a magical journey.
Hilton has done it again. Young readers, prepare to find a comfortable spot on the edge of your seats. --Sure to be a favorite with youngsters, Return to Finkleton is enrapturing!
Children's Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the children's book, Return to Finkleton, written by KC Hilton, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.
Posted March 19, 2012
This book was great! I really enjoyed the first book, The Magic of Finkleton, but this one is so much more. It has more stuff happening and I loved it! It also had a sneak peek of the next book and I can't wait to read it! Great book for kids and adults (I'm 43).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2012
In this sequel to The Magic of Finkleton, taking place two years later, the Finkle children, Jack, Lizzy, and Robert have adjusted to living in the town of Finkleton. The family is still running their late uncle’s shop, in which the children discover a secret room full of mysterious books. Robert sneaks into the room and pulls a magical lever that causes lighting to strike a nearby home. Feeling guilty, Robert is determined to change his mistake, and with the help a magical clock, he might be able to do so. First, he accidentally travels to the future, where he sees the outcome of his actions.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and eagerly waited for the second book to be released. I read the book in one sitting! Just like the original, the sequel has a dazzling cover but this time with a magical clock. The sequel focuses more on the youngest child Robert as he travels through time to undo a fire that he caused. My favorite character still has to be Lizzy, as she and I have a love for books. This time around, we meet some new characters and get to explore some of the other shops in Finkleton. Mr. Lowsley returns as the villain, even more determined to find out what or who is responsible for the magical occurrences in Finkleton. KC Hilton has once again created a wonderfully original fantasy that both children and adults will love. I like how the author leaves a few unanswered questions for the reader to think about. Who is Mrs. Caroline? Luckily we don‘t have to wait long because we get a sneak peak at the third book Saving Finkleton, in which I cannot wait to read, in the back of the book. I recommend the book to everyone!
Posted March 18, 2012
Just a note: This was an ARC, so the final version may be slightly different.
I recall reviewing the The Magic of Finkleton last year as "exciting, fast-paced, and magical." The second installment is soooo much more... well, MORE than the first. There is no "sophomore slump" with her second novel (although, I guess technically this is Hilton's third. Shame on me for not having read her 90 Miles to Freedom by now). Anyway, the second Finkleton is cleverly written (giving the right amount of description so as to move the story along, but not bore its younger readers), slyly plotted (you're never exactly sure what's going to happen next), and will be, if this book is any indication, a staple for young readers for many generations to come.
Revolving around a clock and a hidden library with a bright blue book, the Finkle children are once again protecting their village from both weather-related issues and blunders, as well as from the odious Mr. Lowsely. Can Robert fix a grievous accident in time? Can he keep the family's secret in the family? Read this novel and find out just how exciting the magical world of Finkleton really is. I eagerly await the third and final installment to Finkleton; I also eagerly await Hilton's many other novels that I hope are to come.
My advice? Read the books. But please, keep in mind they ARE middle grade. Don't be that douche who complains that it reads too young - they're for kids, read the description. More importantly, read the books.
Posted March 11, 2012
Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite
"Return To Finkleton" is a wonderful mystery book for children aged 9-12. Written by K C Hilton, this is the second book in the 'Finkleton Series'. Two years have passed and Jack, Lizzy and Robert are still discovering magical items and protecting their treasured secrets in their late Uncle Harry's shop. The magical secrets must be kept in the right hands because of greedy out-of-towners and citizens trying to get their hands on it for their own selfish purposes and financial gains. The weather, crops and the town's survival rests in the hands of the three very wise and responsible children. But will they be able to protect their secrets with the overwhelming whirlpool of greed attacking them from all directions? There are 28 action packed and fast flowing chapters that include everything from the magical valley, mysterious visitors, new magical items to discover, and ghosts. As an added bonus, children will learn the moral of the story which is that greed can become an overwhelming hunger. The smallest of human acts can lead to the most destructive and loathsome acts of mankind.
K C Hiltons does it again in this magical adventure book for pre-teens! Though I am 39 years old I loved every minute of reading this book as if I were a child again. Furthermore, this book has received many prestigious literary and Best Fiction Awards recently! The cover of the book is eye catching and captivating. The mysterious antiqued and gold applique look of the book makes it easy to pick up and hard to put down. The plot is solid and flows easily for children to read. It also is a great second book to the first in the series; "The Magic of Finkleton". I can easily see this series made into a movie series on the big screen and would be dispointed if it doesn't make it into motion pictures. I highly recommend it for all children aged 9 and up. I cannot wait for K C Hilton's next mystery book "Saving Finkleton", and many more books after that. K C Hilton is a gifted writer and truly has put together a masterpiece in each book that compliments the series nicely.
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