Reader Reviewed Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr

Mischief at Midnight

Written by Esme Kerr
Part of the Knight's Haddon Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

It’s great to see boarding school stories making a comeback, and Esme Kerr is one of the best proponents of the format. When new girl Janet Stone arrives at Knight’s Haddon School, headmistress Miss Fotheringay asks Edie to look after her. But in a case of two’s company, three’s a crowd, this puts a strain on Edie’s friendship with Anastasia. Janet’s certainly different to the other girls at the school, and being her friend gets Edie into all sorts of trouble. There are suspicious goings on at the school, while a band of aggressive eco-warriors have moved in to the local woods – could Janet somehow be involved with both? The mystery story is involving, and the depiction of the girls’ friendships and rivalries very well done indeed. ~ Andrea Reece

A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher Those intrepid, resourceful, funny girls are back at Knight’s Haddon for a new term with fresh challenges, jealousies and mysteries. Are you as clever as Esme Kerr at working out the secrets? I’m not – I thought the ferrets were the most suspicious! Get the hot chocolate out and settle in for a really great read.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first in the series ' The Glass Bird Girl'. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Katie Johnson, age 10 - 'I really loved this story because of all the cliffhangers; I couldn't put the book down or stop turning pages...10 out of 10!'
  • Eva Majury, age 10 - 'I liked the fast paced plot, the element of mystery and the school setting which reminded me of Enid Blyton's books.  It was like being in another time – imagine no tv, no apps, no Minecraft!'
  • Tilly Dickinson, age 9 - 'I really liked this book, it was a cross between an adventure and a detective book that kept me in suspense and wanting to read more.'
  • Emma Stephenson, age 10 - 'an exciting mystery with remarkable characters...This wonderful book includes midnight feasts, private towers and rich princes.'
  • Alice East, age 9 - 'This is a book about a girl who is sent away to a boarding school to look after a Russian Princess.  Her mission is to spy on the pupils and teachers to see if they are being mean to the princess.'
  • Aditi Mehendale, age 11 - 'A must-read for any fans of Enid Blyton's boarding school series, i.e. Malory Towers with a twisted plot that hints at madness, secrets, and a world where anyone could be under suspicion.'
  • Alice Bullard, age 10 - 'A thrilling book set in a big, strict boarding school. Orphan Edie is sent as a secret spy to see if a Russian Princess is being bullied.'
  • Traviss Chaytors, age 10 - 'A brilliant book full of laughs and drama...I would recommend this book to drama lovers as it is full of it. This is clearly a 5 out of 5 for me as it’s amazing and I loved it.'
  • Adiella Norridge, age 10 - 'The Glass Bird Girl is a mysterious book full to the brim with adventure...It kept me guessing all the way through. I would highly recommend it.'
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'The mystery keeps you guessing until the very end when it reaches it's exciting climax.  It had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath.  A brilliantly exciting mystery!'
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 10 - 'The Glass Bird Girl is a thrilling mystery adventure where heroine Edie faces life threatening danger in a tale that kept me gripped from the first to the last page.'
  • Rachel Ilsley, age 10 - 'I like this book because there are lots of mysteries and a big adventure happening at the same time. I hope there is another book after this one because I would love to find what happens next at the school.'
  • Lucy Turner, aged 11 - 'Overall this is a great book! I never put it down as it was always so tense. My favourite character has to be Edie because she is brave and kind. I would definitely give this book 10 out of 10.'
  • Madi Campbell, age 14 - 'This is an extremely intriguing read, you will try and make up answers to the questions in your head, however you will probably be wrong due to a twist in the storyline.'
  • Amie Coffman, age 10 - 'I loved this exciting and original book and could not put it down.  If you like mysteries with a twist this is the book for you.  One of my favourite books. I can't wait for more books by this author.'
  • Grace Sansom, age 10 - 'I loved this book - it was full of tension and excitement and I couldn't wait to read it every evening.'
  • Daisy Theobald, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book and I could read it over and over again and still wonder what was going to happen next.'


Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr

The sequel to The Glass Bird Girl, the first book in the critically acclaimed Knight’s Haddon series. A contemporary mystery set in a beautiful castle-like boarding school – Malory Towers for a new generation.

There's a new girl in class at Knight's Haddon, and she isn't like anyone the other girls have ever met before. Janet is cool and confident, so Edie is thrilled when they become friends - and when her friendship with Anastasia becomes rocky, Janet is there for her. But when a mischief begins to unfold, Edie begins to think Janet may not be all she seems - and suddenly events take a dangerous turn.


Praise for The Glass Bird Girl:

‘This is a rollicking romp of a novel – the first in a series, I hope – with a wonderfully spirited heroine.’ THE DAILY MAIL

About the Author

Esme Kerr

Esme Kerr is an enigma herself. She went to ten schools and studied History at Oxford and Cambridge. She has three children, two dogs, three cats and four fish. She lives between Oxford and London, but only comes alive when writing.

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320 pages


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Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

7th May 2015




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