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One small girl - one BIG adventure.

When Max is sent to Istanbul to stay with her boring Great Aunt-Elodie,
little does she expect to be plunged into a thrilling night-time
adventure across Europe. And when the mysterious Heartbreak
Diamond goes missing, Max must find her feet in a whirling world
of would-be diamond smugglers, thieves and undercover detectives.
Will she discover the real diamond thief before they reach their
destination? Or does the answer lie closer to home...

Perfect for fans of THE WOLF WILDER and COGHEART, this is Sylvia
Bishop writing at her quirky, brilliant best.

The Secret of the Night Train Reviews | Toppsta

9781407184401
  • ISBN: 9781407184401
  • Pub Date: 3rd May 2018
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Imprint: Scholastic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 304

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13th July '18
Jbwise read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
This was a brilliant book, I really liked it because it was a mystery with lots of police officers. My favourite character was Klaus as he was big and strong! I would definitely recommend it to my friends.
7th June '18
Yzabelle read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
this is a great story. Max is sent to Istanbul to stay with her boring Great Aunt-Elodie and because she is homesick and bored, max gets involved in a mystery with diamond smugglers, thieves and undercover detectives.
Love this book!
9th June '18
EH read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
A young girl called Max gets invited to go to see her grandma in Istanbul. Her journey there is by train from Paris, and she is taken by Sister Marguerite. Unknown by Max at the time of boarding the train, one of the passengers has a secretly hidden stolen diamond. Who is it? By the time Max gets to Istanbul, she has solved the mystery of who has the jewel, and who her grandma is actually is! What an adventure story!
I enjoyed this book and found it entertaining and funny. The illustrations are great and the characters are all interesting personalities.
2nd June '18
I read it to Brobee aged 5 aged 5 & to Class 3 aged 7 to 8
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
This is a wonderful adventure story with all the classic hallmarks of a truly great 'Whodunnit' as well; shady characters, a fantastic journey to visit mysterious people and far off places, a multitude of red herrings, twists and turns. Sylvia Bishop has a wonderful style and this book has possibly one of the best similies heard in a while; 'as fast as the flutter of a phantom'. It has the reader on the edge of their seats from start to finish!
10th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
This is a great book. I love this author’s books (The Bookshop Girl is fantastic) and this is typical of her style. The characters are great - funny and unusual - and the story is a really good mixture of adventure, detective and friendship. I also really liked the way Max had to overcome homesickness - I could see it helping children when they feel strange away from home. There is depth to this adventure story and I would love to meet the wonderful Marguerite again in a sequel! 
3rd June '18
I read it to Darth aged 9 aged 9
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
The most wonderful read! Very exciting, heartwarming, and very hard to put down! We adored this thrilling adventure story! Max has embarked on her travels with her guardian, Sister Marguarite. They are journeying from Paris to Istanbul by train. To overcome her homesickness, Mac begins to conduct her mini investigation into a recent Diamond theft. It will make you want to embark on your own adventure! Just brilliant!
3rd June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
An excellent story with an intriguing,fast-paced plot. Max (a 12 year old girl!) is going to visit her ill great-aunt in Insanbul by train! She is acompanied by Maximilienne - a crazy and funny nun! During the trip she unravels the mysery of a priceless missing diamond and brings the jewel thief to justice.
All in all this book is a real page turner. Good adventure / detective story although the chapters could be a little bit shorter. I really love the mystery and exitement of it, and the charachters are really interesting and diffrent. I think it's a beautifully written book, full of twists and surprises that will keep young readers glued.

I hope there are more books to come. Five stars!
5th June '18
I read it to Rory aged 10 aged 10 & to Addie aged 8 aged 8
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
The beautiful settings in this book really make it a special read. We were instantly transported to places like Paris and Istanbul. The story is an adventure story with a whodunnit feeling to it. Our favourite character was the main character Max. She has never left her city before but is strong and becomes confident. There are few illustrations in this book but they are beautiful. We enjoyed the way that each chapter of the book is a different stage of Max’s journey across Europe. 
5th June '18
ashley626 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
Max Morel is on a trip from Paris to Istanbul that takes four trains, to visit her great aunt. While travelling on the night train, she ends up solving a crime involving diamond smugglers!
There is a huge thrill in the chase to find the true identity of the criminal amongst a handful of suspects making it an edge of the seat read and I couldn't put it down.
I loved the story, illustrations and the blank pages where I could make my own notes and be an armchair detective myself.
I hope Max has lots more mysteries to solve in future books because this was so much fun!
13th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
An absolute cracker of a book. Full of adventure, European cities and unlikely friends. I would love to be Max, travelling across Europe, on the hunt for a missing diamond. I am yet to find a Sylvia Bishop book I don’t love. Just wonderful.
3rd July '18
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
I've read books by Sylvia Bishop before that I've thoroughly enjoyed but none more so than The Secret of the Night Train which kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Full of fun, adventure and a hint of mischief this has probably been the best book I've read by Sylvia so far.

The story was great, she really captured my imagination and I could see everything play out because of her wonderful descriptive style. She writes in such a pleasing and engaging way. I enjoyed the journey of the trains- the map at the front was a fantastic addition.

The illustrations, by Marco Guadalupi are absolutely befitting to the story and a pleasure to see.
21st May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
5 stars
I must confess I've always longed to board a sleeper train and travel across Europe, it would be such a joy to go to sleep in one country and wake up in a whole new place. So when I opened up my copy of 'The Secret of the Night Train,' I was instantly captivated at the thought of travelling with Max from Paris to Istanbul and that's before I knew she was about to become deeply embroiled in a complex crime-solving expedition. Beautiful storytelling meets compelling mystery unravelling in a tale of diamond smugglers, thieves and undercover detectives. Sylvia has a special talent for creating the most intriguing and wonderful characters who you can't help but fall in love with and Max is no exception. I was totally charmed and entertained by this exciting whirlwind of a story that had me devouring the whole book in one sitting. Marco's illustrations are beautifully detailed capturing the sheer joy of this great journey and the thrill of the chase as Max tries to uncover the true identity of the diamond thief. An irresistible and breath-taking read, I'm really hoping there is more to come from our delightful heroine Max.
2nd July '18
Tobymax read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Secret of the Night Train 9781407184401
4 stars
This is my review https://youtu.be/98ZqLriZLZ8
Toby really enjoyed reading this book. Slightly different from his usual boy adventure books but he enjoyed it nonetheless. Beautiful graphics on the front cover and interesting story
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