The Secret of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Wood

by Lucy Strange


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A beautifully tangled story of friendship, fairy tales, and family secrets. For those who loved Pax and The War That Saved My Life.

A Kirkus Best Middle Grade Book of 2017
An Amazon Best Book of 2017
A 2018 Bank Street College Best Book of the Year
A Telegraph Top 50 Book of the Year

Everyone is too busy to pay attention to Henrietta and the things she sees — or thinks she sees — in the shadows of their new home, Hope House. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is busy taking care of her younger sister.

All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden.

One night she ventures into the darkness of Nightingale Wood. What she finds there will change her whole world...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338157475
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 510,019
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lucy Strange worked as an actor, singer, and storyteller before becoming a secondary school English teacher. She lives in Kent, England. The Secret of Nightingale Wood is her first novel.

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The Secret of Nightingale Wood 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Lucy Strange’s first novel, The Secret of Nightingale Wood, is an interesting fictional book. The book is mainly about a young girl around the age of 12, named Henrietta, who is struggling ever since the death of her older brother, Robert. Not only is Henrietta struggling and not able to bare the tragedy, but her whole family is not feeling and acting the best, especially her mother. Her mother has grown very sick, but the sickness is not easily cured, and nobody knows what it really is or what caused it. Henrietta is trying to get her family back to normal with the help of a mysterious woman named Moth. It is up to this young girl to piece her family back together. This book wasn’t an “on your edge of your seat” book like other novels, but it is suspenseful in a way where you want to keep reading. The book had a beginning where all the events happened so fast, and they were very important,so you couldn’t miss them. Henrietta was confused, at the beginning of the story, about everything that was happening, and her imagination kind of took over her which I really enjoyed, because this book is realistic fiction, so the bit of adventure and imagination Henrietta had added more of an exciting flare to the book. She kept hearing noises, and she was kind of in a daze which made it seem like she was sleep-walking. This book didn’t just have words on a page; it had stories to tell in each sentence, and readers won’t want to set it down. Even though this was Lucy Strange’s first novel, she did a good job at explaining every little detail and introducing the readers to every character. She gave Moth a mysterious look, and Strange made her actions seem more different then the other characters. The way Strange kept bringing up Henrietta’s brother made the readers think that Henrietta had an imagination, and the other characters would point out her imagination, so Strange really gave us examples of how she was imaginative. Also, it was very obvious that Henrietta had a very strong connection with her father, and she also didn’t want to give up on her mother, so she had good connections with her parents which made it easier for her not to give up. A character with a lot of traits was her nanny, Nanny Jane. She had a very strong personality, and she knew how to discipline but care for Henrietta. Strange not only got the readers connected to the characters, but she also gave the readers a reason to keep reading the book, because she left cliffhangers in the book and mysteries that only made sense if we kept reading like not knowing who Moth was for a while or bringing back Henrietta’s brother. Her book was written in first person reading in through the mind of Henrietta, and it was realistic fiction. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a mystery to solve. This book is very good for ages about 9-15, because there is some content not everyone will understand at a younger age, but at an older age they may not enjoy as much or have much of an imagination. When you’re reading this book, you will want to pick it back up again as soon as you set it down. It is an exciting and adventurous novel that readers will enjoy. Review by Zelie M, age 13, Central Pennsylvania Mensa
Payne_Lover_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't call this the worse book that I have ever read, but It wasn't my favorite either, I must say It was interesting though. The book starts off with Henry's mother being "sick" we are not told the details at the beginning, we just know that something is not right. The family has just moved into a new house (more details on why later in the book). Her older brother also recently passed. Her father has to leave for business in Italy so he leaves Henry, the housekeeper, Henry's mother, and Henry's baby sister Piglet at home. Henry's mother gets worse and eventually, the local doctor is called out, she is then told to stay in bed all day, have her door locked, and to take a certain pill. She does as the doctor says and only get's worse. While all of this is going in, Henry feels alone, so she starts to imagine things. One night she sees a light in the woods and goes to investigate, there she finds a "witch". My main problem with the book was how at the beginning it was very hard to follow and hard to get into. If a child was a reluctant reader, they would not be interested in reading this book. While I won't go and tell you everything that goes on in the book, I will say that it was very suspenseful and once I got through the beginning I couldn't put it down. I would say that this is a book an older child would enjoy. A child that loves a good mystery, as to me, that is what this book really is. I thank the publisher for sending me an ARC of this novel, it did not influence my rating of the book whatsoever.