The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane Series #1)

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane Series #1)

by Julia Nobel

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The first in an exciting new series, this suspenseful debut brings readers on a journey filled with secrets, mystery, and unforgettable characters.

With a dad who disappeared years ago and a mother who's a bit too busy to parent, Emmy is shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England, where she's sure she won't fit in.

But then she finds a box of mysterious medallions in the attic of her home—medallions that belonged to her father. Her father who may have gone to Wellsworth.

When she arrives at school, she finds the strange symbols from the medallions etched into walls and books, which leads Emmy and her new friends, Jack and Lola, to Wellsworth's secret society: The Order of Black Hollow Lane. Emmy can't help but think that the society had something to do with her dad's disappearance, and that there may be more than just dark secrets in the halls of Wellsworth...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492664659
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Black Hollow Lane Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 277,419
Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Julia Nobel is a teacher from Canada and mother to a young daughter who helps her write by throwing applesauce at the keyboard. She is the author of The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane and The Secret of White Stone Gate. Visit her online at

Customer Reviews

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Emmy’s mother is a psychologist in Connecticut who has just been asked to do a tv show which will take up all of her spare time. So she decides to send her only daughter to a boarding school in England. But this isn’t just any boarding school, it’s the place where Emmy’s parents met, a place filled with mystery and a secret Order with connections to the Latin society Emmy is to be part of. Soccer-loving Emmy couldn’t care less about the boring Latin society where arrogant boys debate each other on the classics, but there does seem to be something odd, even suspicious, about the professor who leads them, and the strange “accidents” that keep happening. Emmy’s main focus, however, is trying to uncover what happened to her dad, who left when she was a young child, and before coming to England, she found a mysterious silver box with a cryptic note from him about keeping it contents safe. With her two best friends, Jack and Lola, Emmy will uncover some of the secrets of the Order of Black Hollow Lane and their connections to her father and his disappearance. The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is a fun mystery for fans of English boarding schools, secret societies, and friends who band together against bullies and lies. For discussion questions, similar reads, and a themed recipe of Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes with Chocolate Peppermint Frosting, visit:
TheBookishHooker More than 1 year ago
Emmy’s mother is too busy with her career as a parenting guru to actually parent. When she receives news that she will be making a new TV series, she sends Emmy to boarding school in England. Before she leaves, Emmy finds a box of mysterious medallions she believes belonged to her father, who disappeared ten years before. When Emmy arrives at school, she stumbles on a series of strange events that seem to be linked to her father and the medallions. Will she find out what happened to her father before it’s too late? First, the cover is what grabbed my attention when I first saw this book on NetGalley. The actual book is just as amazing! I’ve read quite a bit of middle grade books and while I love them, I’m often left wanting that polish and depth that a YA or adult book has. Not so with this one. The characters were written in a way that made me feel connected to them and their stories. The boarding school setting was a little familiar due to Harry Potter, but it was written in a fresh new way. The author was descriptive enough in the scenes to really be able to picture it in my mind. This was a book that left me wanting to read the next in the series immediately, which is always a good sign. The mystery storyline was excellent and ended with an unexpected twist. Overall, I loved this book and look forward to more in the series. I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
OpinionatedTurnip More than 1 year ago
What I Liked This is a great mystery for middle graders! The setting is very realistic and has a very sort of quasi-magical feel to it. One of my favorite parts of living in England was the history of the place. The house I rented was older than the USA (and haunted, according to the landlady, but he was a nice ghost and wouldn't bother us, so not to worry). So being transported into an old school-slash-church and remembering the feeling of living in a 350-year-old house made of thick stone with winding staircases and strange doors to nowhere was just wonderful. Emmy is a great protagonist who is wiser than her years, and her friends are great to read about. Lola is stubborn and unafraid, and Jack is careful and quietly thoughtful. The three of them together are a force to be reckoned with, and their mystery-solving skills lead them on grand adventures all over their school. What I Would Have Liked to See Some more British culture! I lived in England for a few years and the culture shock was for real, friends. There was definitely some stuff in this book that made me nostalgic for my time in England (in East Anglia, no less!) and I kind of wanted more. My Favorite! The Coventry carol making an appearance in the book! This is my favorite Christmas carol because it's so haunting and sad. My favorite version was done by the King's College Choir years and years ago, and unfortunately I can't find it online anymore. But any version is beautiful, and it really hit me with that melancholic beauty as I read! TL;DR Emmy goes to a boarding school in England when her famous mom goes on tour. When she realizes her missing father used to go there, she starts to uncover mystery upon mystery, with her father--and herself--at the center of it. P.S. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. All thoughts are my own!
BobbieLCLA More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of THE MYSTERY OF BLACK HOLLOW LANE by Julia Nobel in exchange for an honest review. Emmy’s mom is a parenting expert. More interested in furthering her career than in parenting her actual daughter, Emmy’s mom ships Emmy off to boarding school in England. At Wellsworth, Emmy makes a couple of really good friends but has to put up with several bullies. When Emmy finds out her missing father also attended Wellsworth, she seizes the opportunity to find out more about him. However, she’s going to have to go through the bullies to do so. I enjoyed this book. It was both interesting and entertaining. There was an element of danger and plenty of suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
School is hard enough without a secret society spying on you. But it makes for a wonderful middle grade novel in Julia Nobel's The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane.  At Wellsworth, a gothic boarding school in England, the worst villain Emmy Willick expects is Latin and loneliness until an unexpected letter gives her a perilous after school activity: unravel the mystery left by her missing father. Every clue she deciphers brings her closer to the truth but drags her deeper into a conspiracy stretching back centuries. By cleverly intertwining history into the narrative, Julia Nobel has crafted a page-turning mystery in which a charming cast whose true-to-life interactions make them feel real investigates a secret society whose menace is made worse because it could rationally exist. In addition, Nobel artfully walks the line of leaving enough clues to reward readers who hope to predict what comes next without leaving so many that the answer is obvious or so few that the truth comes out of nowhere. This makes the novel an excellent introduction to the genre, while providing twists that will keep more experienced readers guessing.  Altogether The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane will earn Julia Nobel and the mystery genre many young fans.