Reviews by andrea
My 11-year-old son read this book to me. It led to a lot of discussion about things happening at school and the ways kids treat each other that likely wouldn't have happened without this book. Read it with your kids! Our copy included the Julian Chapter, which added to our discussion.
After all the plot twists and turns and usual Langdon symbolism and adventure, this story really left me thinking about the issues it ended up revolving around.
I am enjoying listening to this book again this summer, this time with my second son hearing it for the first time. As always, Jim Dale is absolutely fantastic.
This is a fascinating glimpse at the life of a lower class woman in Edwardian England, and was one of the inspirations for both Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey. I want my kids to read the chapters about the amount of work this woman did at home as a very young girl, and for hire starting at the age of 13. Next time they complain about chores, I'm going to pull out this book!
My daughter enjoyed this book as she prepared to be the flower girl in her uncle's wedding this summer.