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Goodly and Grave in a Bad Case of Kidnap

Written by Justine Windsor

Illustrated by Becka Moor

Part of the Goodly and Grave Series

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LoveReading View on Goodly and Grave in a Bad Case of Kidnap

In a nutshell: Harry Potter meets Agatha Christie in magical new mystery series |  Young Lucy Goodly is not happy when she’s forced into employment as ‘boot girl’ for the mysterious Lord Grave. She misses her parents and cat, and there’s definitely something strange about Grave Hall.  But Lucy is used to strange, after all she first encountered Lord Grave over a game of poker in which she was dealing magic cards. Meanwhile across the country children are being kidnapped – could there be a link to Grave Hall, and could Lucy use its magic, talking statues and all, to find out what’s going on? Full of memorable characters – the cross-dressing cook is a particular delight – and with a storyline that grips from the first page this magical whodunit will entrance readers. ~ Andrea Reece

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Goodly and Grave in a Bad Case of Kidnap Synopsis

An archly funny, classic mystery adventure with a magic twist! Lucy Goodly is the new boot girl at Grave Hall, working for the cold, aloof Lord Grave. The other staff - Vonk the Butler, Mrs Crawley the cook and Violet the scullery maid - all seem friendly but Lucy soon notices that strange things are afoot in her new home - and not just Mrs Crawley's experimental anchovy omelettes. There are moving statues, magical books and Lord Grave has a secret. Meanwhile, all over the country, children are vanishing. Could the mystery of the missing children be linked to the strange goings-on? Lucy is determined to find out...

Goodly and Grave in a Bad Case of Kidnap Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Buddug Griffith, age 9 - 'A really exciting and funny story with an interesting setting, and I can't wait to read the next one!'
  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'If this book weren’t so good, I might not have read it, because it’s quite scary, but I like it that way! This is the best book ever!'
  • Emily Lonsdale, age 11 - 'It was a clever mix of mystery and adventure and I didn't want to put it down.'
  • Ellen Cox, age 10 - 'A gripping story about a girl who is taken from her parents but can she save the lives of other children without hurting herself?'
  • Anya Fuller, age 9 - 'This was a brilliant read and I couldn’t put it down! Lucy was really adventurous!'
  • Emily Golding, age 10 - 'Fabulously funny!  Probably one of THE best books I've reviewed!  Lucy is very daring but she needs to learn not to jump to conclusions!'
  • Issie Ford, age 9 - 'This book is full of unexpected twists! It keeps you guessing right until the end!'
  • Daniel Bisland age 9 - 'If you like magic, adventure and suspense, then this book is for you!'
  • Rosie Watch, Teacher - 'What a fun and exciting read, I had no problem at all in romping through this one in the time allowed. The clever plot and lively characters make it a very enjoyable book.'
  • Tracey Chorley - 'A great read with lots of plot twists and fantastical characters. Hoping there'll be more soon.'
  • George Davies, age 8 - 'Goodly and Grave in a Bad Case of Kidnap is a really good book because of the plot twists in it is really good. I love this book!'
  • Harry, age 11 - Blenheim Primary School - 'I didn't really think this book was really for me but the best bit of it was when she got kidnapped and then you can’t really put the book down.'
  • Llew Harrison, age 10 - '!!!PACKED!!! I couldn't put the book down! When did I stop reading? About, 11pm (I started at eight)! Amazing...... Epic......... Humorous. This book has it covered.'
  • Toby Crawford, age 9 - 'This is an amazing book! I like the plot and the characters...The story itself is a magical mystery adventure.'
  • Constance May Peers, age 10 - 'This book has you hooked from the very first page and keeps you guessing until the very end. A great read!'
  • Romilly Dallyfitzsimons, age 10 - 'I love this book it is full of magic adventure and mayhem, it is amazing.'

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ISBN: 9780008183530
Publication date: 09/03/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008183530
Publication date: 9th March 2017
Author: Justine Windsor
Illustrator: Becka Moor
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Justine Windsor

Justine Windsor is a debut author but has been shortlisted and won various new writers awards including the Times/Chicken House children's writers prize and the youwriteone.com Children's Book of the Year. She lives and works in London.

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