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Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor

eBook - 2020
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After years in foster care, April gets to live in a mansion where she and four other children are caught up in a mystery related to a missing heir, a lost legacy, and the Phantom.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020.
ISBN: 9780358164470
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (322 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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A modern thriller flavored with classic adventure, this novel is well suited for middle grade sleuths.

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Apr 16, 2021

YES! The author of I'd Kiss You but then I'd Have to Kill You series is back, with a vengeance (ha! punny!) with a middle grade series this time. I do wish this had been out when my daughter was younger and read the YA series (she didn't care for all the kissing!).

This has none of that, thankfully.

April is left at an orphanage with a key on a necklace and she's convinced her mother's coming back for her (she's not). On a field trip to a local museum, she sees a box in a collection of artifacts from the Winterborne Family, of which the last descendant, Gabriel, went missing years ago. The box has the same crest as her key.

Driven to figure out if the box has any clues to her mother's identity, she sneaks into the museum to try the lock and ... starts a fire, which takes the whole place down.

But after she's rescued from smoke inhalation, she's rescued again -- from the orphanage -- by the lady in white, Isabella Nelson, who works for the Winterborne charity. April's asked if she'd like to live and go to school in the Winterborne mansion. Uh, yeah!?

On the way they pick up Tim and Violet, and once on the grounds she encounters Smithers, the amazing butler, and Sadie, a budding inventor whose parents worked for the Winterbornes as scientists and were killed, and Colin, son of a con artist, one of hundreds over the years who've tried to prove she was Gabriel Winterborne's fiance. They've all been touched by the Winterbornes -- in some way.

Enter Everet Winterborne, a distant cousin of the missing Gabriel, and next-in-line to inherit the family's fortune. And mansion. If Gabriel can't be found.

Until April wakes up one night, and something she suspects is The Sentinel, a Batman-esque urban legend, knocks over a vase and tells her he's...

Ha! I won't spoil it. Ally Carter's writing is a joy to read, and her plotting is both thorough and delightful. Read on for yourself to figure out what happens, if Gabriel Winterborne is ever "found" and if the kids get to stay in the mansion or must they go back to their vagabond, orphan lives.


Mar 25, 2021

This is an action-packed, emotional book geared toward readers aged 8-12, but it’s perfect for both children and adults. I absolutely loved it.

April is one of five orphans taken under the guardianship of the Winterborne Foundation and moved into the legendary mansion grounds by the sea. With a butler running the house and a caregiver managing the children’s educations and the finances, everything is perfect.

April has a secret, though. She’s not really an orphan. When her mom left her, she gave April a key and a note saying she’d be back. April has been waiting a long time, but she hasn’t given up hope, and she just learned that the symbol on her mother’s key matches the Winterborne logo.

This book reminded me so much of the Netflix show Locke & Key, mainly due to April’s mystery key and the mansion she gets to explore. I can easily see Winterborne Home turned into a movie or tv show of its own.

The sequel was just published!

Oct 23, 2020

When April's mother left her at the orphanage, the only thing she gave her was a mysterious key, and then told her that she would be back soon. April believed her mother and has not given up hope that she will one day show up to take her home. In the meantime, April has been in 12 different homes in 10 years, but after setting fire to a museum when she broke in after hours to try to open a small box with her key, Isabella Nelson takes April to Winterborne House. Along with Tim and Violet who are also going to Winterborne House, they arrive to find an energetic girl named Sadie who already lives there. Winterborne House is strange with many secrets, and April believes it has a connection with the key her mother gave her 10 years before.
In her debut middle grade novel, Ally Carter has taken the elements that make her YA books so enjoyable and applied them to this book. The characters are quirky and fun, but they all have secrets of their own. The mystery of the Winterborne Home leads to other questions about who is the last surviving member of the Winterborne family and what does April's mysterious key unlock. The story includes several sequences of fast-paced action and suspense. Overall, this is a very good middle grade novel and the beginning of a promising series.

jcljessicaj Sep 24, 2020

What a fun read! It had so many great elements - realistic fiction, mystery, relationships, adventure, and bit of suspense. The story moved quickly and kept me engaged the whole time. A great choice for all kinds of readers. I can't wait for the next in the series to come out!

VaughanPLDonnalee Aug 29, 2020

This is a really great new children's mystery! Fantastic characters, a lovely mysterious setting and lots of twists and turns. It's very fast-paced and has lots of action. A real page-turner. What happened to missing heir Gabriel Winterborne? Why does enterprising foster child April have a key with the Winterborne crest on it that was left her by her mother? All April has to do is find the clues her mother left inside the massive mansion. But Winterborne House is hiding more than one secret, so April and her friends are going to have to work together to unravel the many riddles facing them. April is a really determined and likeable sleuth. There are actual murders and several attempted murders, so this may not be suitable for every child. The book ends with several unresolved mysteries and a cliffhanger ending, so clearly a sequel is planned. I am definitely look forward to reading more of April's adventures! Highly recommended.

OPL_KrisC May 28, 2020

A fun and fast-paced mystery for kids that's a bit like Nancy Drew but for younger readers.

CCPL_Teens Apr 15, 2020

Highly recommended to any Middle Grade reader or anyone else looking for a fun, easy read. Ally Carter packed so much action into this story to keep it surprising and entertaining all the way through. With multiple mysteries, strong characters, and high-stakes sleuthing, every chapter moved the story along to an unexpected ending.

CCPL_Jennifer Mar 16, 2020

This adventure story has a fast pace and strong characters, which I loved, but felt like the author left way too many cliff hangers at the end of the book. She definitely left it open for a sequel.

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OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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