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Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret


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Rose was left by her mother at the door of Campion's Palace of Variety and Wonders as a baby. It is her home, and she loves it, but she never stops wondering who she really is. When murder threatens to destroy the music hall, Rose will need all her performance skills to crack the crime and delve into a murky past of blackmail, subterfuge and abduction...

Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret Reviews | Toppsta

  • ISBN: 9780857634863
  • Pub Date: 2nd July 2015
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 320

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This is Book 1 in the The Campion Mysteries Series. See all The Campion Mysteries books here.

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4th June '16
CCR06 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret 9780857634863
5 stars
It was a really captivating book and I recommend it to people who like crime, suspense or friendship.i really loved this book!
29th July '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret 9780857634863
5 stars
I loved this book - pacey and full of mystery.  Set by the murky, fog-shrouded banks of the Thames in Victorian London, the story follows the adventures of Rose Campion.  She's the adopted daughter of music hall owner, Thomas Campion and enjoys the greasepaint and drama of life on the stage.  As new performers arrive, and beloved friends disappear, Rose and her friends become embroiled in dark family secrets and hints of murder.
A gripping read from start to finish.
21st May '16
I read it to Year 6 class aged 10 to 11
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret 9780857634863
5 stars
A gripping story of mystery and murder that hooks you into the world of Victorian England. This is a great book for a more mature year 6 child looking to read something a bit different then their usual author/genre. Your child will get to see the wonderful characters brought to life as the plot develops and will be inspired by the main character Rose on her journey for justice and finding the truth. A real page turner...
21st May '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to Oli aged 11 aged 11
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret 9780857634863
5 stars
A really good read with all the twists and turns of a top quality mystery.  I really enjoyed it and would happily lend it to a Year 5 confident reader ...or a Year 8 student looking for a good, entertaining mystery!  At one point we were introduced to quite a few characters, a profusion of names, but with a little concentration everything falls into place! 
The story is set in Victorian London, portrayed in all its foggy dampness, featuring a despicable Lord, a truly Dickensian villain, a scheming blackmailer, abduction, murder, abandonment, friendship and family.  However the warmth exuded by the marvellous Thomas Campion, owner of the music hall around which the story whirls, envelops you through the more Victorian ghastlys (I refer you back to the blackmail, murder, abduction etc all quite palatable and well presented) and provides the home so desperately sought after for the three young girls, Rose, Aurora and Effie.
Set in Victorian London at the turn of the century, the popularity of the music hall as an entertainment venue is on the wane, beginning to go out of fashion...which is why I hope this is just beginning of a series as I really am rooting for Campion's music hall and all the fabulous characters.  Surely that's the mark of a good book!!
21st May '16
Bethan read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret 9780857634863
4 stars
This is quite a complicated story and it's quite difficult in parts to follow as it jumps around a bit and introduces characters who dont seem to be part of the story but then later on they prove to be an important part of the story because of this it's hard to just read a few chapters and then leave it and pick it up again later. I read it in one sitting and it took me 2 hours to read it.
The story is really twisty and turny with lots of unexpected plots. It's an interesting story and although it is difficult at first to follow once you start reading you want to keep going to the end to find out what is going to happen next.
There are lots of different characters too and it can be a bit confusing when you first start reading to work out who is who. The main characters are great and well written. You could imagine being friends with them and you want the good guys to solve the mystery and win.
The story is quite historically right too and mentions lots of things that would be around in the Victorian era in London - the workhouse, mudlarks, bedlam and of course how simple illnesses like measles and flu were really serious back then.
It's not really a funny book that makes you laugh but it does have some bits that are funny but mainly the story is quite serious and more about solving the mystery.
I give it 4 stars just because of how complicated it is to follow at first but I did like it and will read it again
30th May '16
Westy10 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret 9780857634863
4 stars
I liked this story as it had lovely warm characters but also a good mix of evil ones too.
It was a good mystery type story but at times hard to follow and I found the pace a bit slow. I would also have liked a few more illustrations.
13th June '16
Alisha read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret 9780857634863
4 stars
When my aunty gave me this book to read, I didn't think the cover looked very interesting but I promised to give it a ago.
Don't judge a book by its cover, it was a great mystery. I'm 10 and found it easy to read and understand even though its set in Victorian England
1st June '16
Lydib read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret 9780857634863
3 stars
This is a murder mystery book set is Victorian London, This book was ok there was lots going on to keep my interest, lots of plot twists but i did find it difficult to follow in places.
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Lyn Gardner is the author of Olivia's First Term and the other Olivia books. She was born in London and now lives near Richmond Park with her partner and two daughters. A theatre critic for The Guardian, she goes to the theatre five or six nights a week, which should leave no time for writing books at all. Before she became a journalist, Lyn was a tea lady,...

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