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Twelve Nights is the perfect fantasy novel for fans of the magical worlds of Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett. **********

Kay felt everything change in the room around her.

Everything. Kay's father is working late- as usual. Fed up, her mother bundles Kay and her sister into the car, and drives to his Cambridge college to collect him. But, the staff say nobody by his name has ever worked there. When they return home, Kay discovers a card left on her pillow: Will O. de Wisp, Gent. F.H.S.P. and Phillip R. T. Gibbet, Gent. F.H.S.P. K.Bith. REMOVALS. That night, Kay is woken by voices at her window: the voices of Will and Phillip, the Removers. But they are not human. And Kay shouldn't be able to see them. Except she can... **********

Andrew Zurcher has created a world as captivating as Lyra's Oxford and Alice's Wonderland. Join Kay and the Removers on their incredible journey.

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9780141385549
  • ISBN: 9780141385549
  • Pub Date: 5th April 2018
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 448

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18th May '18
ashley626 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Twelve Nights 9780141385549
5 stars
This book is wonderful - I couldn't put it down.It is the story of a girl called Kay who begins a quest to find her father who has mysteriously been 'removed' by strange creatures that she can see but others can not. She sets out on an adventure into a world of fantasy which is scary and interesting. This book finishes with several loose ends so I am guessing there may be a sequel....I look forward to it!
19th May '18
Darth read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Twelve Nights 9780141385549
5 stars
An absolutely mesmerising debut novel from Andrew Zurcher. It tells the story of Kay, who is searching for her father. Her journey takes her into a whole other society with its own nuances. My son loved the stories that are told within this story, ancient greek myths that he was familar with. We took our time reading this as we did not want to miss anything. It is extremely well written and we have enjoyed it very much.
29th May '18
Gaby read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Twelve Nights 9780141385549
5 stars
Being a Philip Pullman fan, I was drawn immediately into this book by the short blurb on the back. A fantasy story mixed with mystery and suspense with the main character being a young courageous girl ready to do whatever it takes to fin her father again. I love the imaginative writing and the range of emotion sit brought you. I would recommend it to boys and girls age 10 and above.
3rd March '18
Topprincess read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
I received this as a review copy from Lovereadingforkids (ace website!) 
Twelve Nights is a heart warming, thrilling tale mixed with emotion and trust within friendship. This novel creates beautiful imagery which seems so true.
 
When two young girls called Katharine (known as Kay in the book) and her younger sister Elloise (know as Ell in the book)find themselves being woken up by two wraiths (a form of creature which humans aren’t supposed to hear) called Will and Philip the removals they are taken off on an impressive journey because earlier that day they went to their fathers work but no one claimed to know or have heard of him. The journey to find their father shows true and loyal friends, love and kindness but most of all hope. They soon realise this will be a life changing adventure. 
 
I overall thought this was a truly fantastic book. At some points I found it  personally quite hard to continue reading and a bit tricky to keep up with but as I continued I enjoyed the story more and understood it more clearly. I would advise the book 10+ as the vocabulary is quite tricky. But one of the things you have to  remember is that some of the words have slightly different meanings in the book,  like a metaphor e.g. weave or loom. Overall I would rate this book 4/5
10th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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3 stars
This book had such a strong start, fantastic concept and great characters, but there is a lot of description in it which slows it down. It lost DS but I enjoyed it. 

I can see the parallels to Pullman but not to Pratchett - it’s not a comedy at all. 
3rd July '18
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Twelve Nights 9780141385549
3 stars
I have to be honest and i'm trying to let myself be ok with not always enjoying a book, I have found this one to be an exceptionally hard book to get in to which is a shame as I was salivating at the thought of the premise. I don't know if I just read books that are not particularly well written or if this book is 'too' expertly written. It is very precise in how description is conveyed to the reader and most of the time I found that over use of description gave me a headache! Like I said I've wrestled with this view for some time and have decided that the only thing I can do is be completely honest about how I got on with reading it.

My Mum is currently reading it herself and she's also said that she has had difficulty 'getting into it' but eventually found a rhythm with it, I have, so far, been unable to do this. I'm not letting it put me off though as I believe that this book has so much potential and I believe that, lurking inside, is actually a well written and compelling story, I just have to find my way into it.

It has been suggested that I try reading it aloud.
7th July '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Lego boy aged 9 aged 9
Twelve Nights 9780141385549
2 stars
Apologies for the delay in writing this book review!

It was interesting to read the other reviewers thoughts on this book before writing this review, as sometimes a book just isn't your cup of tea, and that's not because the book is bad, it's just down to your personal preferences.

We were excited about this book as we are huge Philip Pullman fans and this book had been marketed as Philip Pullman-esq. I think that can sometimes be a marketing mistake, as people are expecting one thing and  this book should be considered in it's own right and on it's own merit.

I'm afraid for my son, he felt very much the same as the review by Muchkin Megan, he just couldn't get into it and did struggle with over description slowing down the pace of the story. I'm afraid that he just couldn't maintain the motivation to finish the story, but he did find elements of the story intriguing.

Thinking that it might just have not been to a boy's taste, I then read it to give a different take on the book. I really, really wanted to enjoy it, but I'm afraid it lost even me about 3/4 of the way through. We did not finish the book, but it's quite possible it might have had a really exciting ending that turned it all around!

However, to be fair to the book, there are reviewers on here that have really loved it and reviewers on Amazon and Love Reading. So I would say don't discount it on reading this review - maybe download a preview/ kindle sample and see if it's for you first.
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About Andrew Zurcher

Andrew Zurcher is Director of Studies in English at Queens' College, Cambridge, and a leading international expert on the works of Spenser, Sidney and Shakespeare. Twelve Nights is his debut novel....

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