A mystifying museum fire. A missing heir. A mystery that you won’t be able to put down! I loved this book’s sense of fun and its colorful cast of characters who are complete opposites, but go together like peanut butter and jelly. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves fun, mysteries and lightheartedness.— ARC REVIEWER Addie M., age 13
Get ready! Once you start this mystery adventure you won’t want to go to school or go to practice or do your homework. You won’t want to do anything except hide away and read this thrilling, quick-paced book until you’re done. That’s pretty much I how felt. With likeable, well developed characters and plenty humor, this is one of the BEST adventure stories I’ve ever read.— Susan
I really did love this book! What sets apart this tale of a missing heir, an orphaned girl, and a mysterious key is the heart and soul of the characters. April is my new favorite self-reliant girl who joins four other savvy orphans to solve the mystery and save their new-found home. The suspenseful, fast-paced plot is paired with hilarious asides to the reader, perfectly balancing the storytelling. I look forward to more tales of the orphans at Winterborne House.— Jamie
"This is the kind of read that makes your soul sit up straight. At once a heart-wrenching tale of found family and a thrilling, atmospheric mystery that keeps you guessing at every page, Ally Carter's middle grade debut is a triumph. I loved April's character down to the barb wire wrapped around her heart, and I cheered for her journey and the extraordinary bravery required to open up to other people." —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time
“A fast-paced thrill ride of a book . . . it’s Batman meets Annie.” —Stuart Gibbs, New York Times best-selling author of the Spy School series
“An adventure-filled read with a twisty mystery and spunky friendships. I loved it!” –Melissa de la Cruz, New York times best-selling author of The Descendants series
April didn't mean to start the fire. She wasn’t the one who broke the vase. April didn’t ask to go live in a big, creepy mansion with a bunch of orphans who just don't understand that April isn’t like them. After all, April’s mother is coming back for her someday very soon.
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 riddle of a missing heir, a creepy legend, and a mysterious key before the only home they’ve ever known is lost to them forever.
★ "A modern thriller flavored with classic adventure."—School Library Journal "[F]ast moving and surprise-filled, guaranteed to have readers racing on to the next deliciously gothic complication." —Kirkus "In her middle grade debut, Carter (Not If I Save You First) offers up mystery, intrigue, and swashbuckling action in a rollicking story of long-lost secrets and found family." —Publishers Weekly "The characters are likable and endearing, and the final paragraph, with its subtly shocking revelation, will leave readers demanding to know when the second book is coming. Hand this one to those who enjoy action, mystery, and kick-butt characters." —Booklist "A fast-paced thrill ride of a book, filled with great characters, swashbuckling action sequences, secret passageways, mystery, and plenty of humor. It’s Batman meets Annie. My daughter devoured it in one sitting and immediately begged for more. I can’t come up with any better praise than that." —Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of the Spy School series "This is the kind of read that makes your soul sit up straight. At once a heart-wrenching tale of found family and a thrilling, atmospheric mystery that keeps you guessing at every page, Ally Carter's middle grade debut is a triumph. I loved April's character down to the barb wire wrapped around her heart, and I cheered for her journey and the extraordinary bravery required to open up to other people." —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time “An unputdownable blend of humor, unique characters, and a mystery that’ll keep readers turning pages way past their bedtimes--and checking their basements... just in case.” —Alexandra Bracken, New York Times bestselling author of Prosper Redding Praise for Not if I Save You First: “Maddie's grit, humor, and cleverness make her an engaging action hero. Fans of survivalist fiction will be impressed by the well-researched, immersive Alaskan landscape and all its beauty and brutality. A tightly plotted thriller helmed by a firecracker that never loses her spark.” –Kirkus Reviews “In this tense romantic thriller from Carter…the characters are dynamic and engaging. The teens’ childhood friendship evolves into a sweet romance, and the fast-paced thrills will keep readers up late.”—Publishers Weekly “The chemistry and relationship buildup between these two friends is real and believable. The quick pace and witty dialogue will keep teens engaged. Recommended where survival and mystery stories are popular and where Carter has a following.”—School Library Journal Praise for All Fall Down (Embassy Row Book One): A New York Times Bestseller "Carter knows how to construct a gripping thriller." —Publishers Weekly "Action packed and meticulously plotted, All Fall Down keeps readers guessing." —Booklist "With its intrigue and clever plot twists, this series opener will leave readers hungering for more." —School Library Journal "Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics, and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense." —Kirkus Reviews —