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I was intrigued by the book cover of The Tiger With a Sapphire Eye and I looked forward to reading it. Set in London 1938, this book follows Arabella Swain and Humphrey, her cousin as they embark on an adventure during one summer. Arabella and Humphrey are spending the summer in London under the watchful eye of Mrs McKay the housekeeper. A mystery reveals itself, at the heart of which is a tiger statue collected by Arabella and Humphrey’s grandfather and stored as an artefact at the British Museum. The race is on to find a book that, with the statue has great power. But will Arabella be able to find the book and keep the tiger from falling into the wrong hands? I found this book well-written, action-packed and full of magic and intrigue. This book slowly establishes time a place at the start before heading into the fast-paced mystery. I liked the characters, and their relationship and I think this book sets up nicely for a potential sequel. I think that this book would be of interest to children who enjoy magic mystery and action. The book flows well and at 202 pages with shorter, digestible chapters, I think that The Tiger With the Sapphire Eye could be enjoyed by readers from age 9+
London 1938. Fifteen-year-old Arabella Swain and her cousin Humphrey are spending a long, hot summer under the watchful eye of their housekeeper Mrs McKay, completely unaware of the adventure and danger which await them.
Thousands of miles away, in the desert mountains, a young corporal and his captain find themselves swept up in a treacherous sandstorm. The corporal stumbles across a cave, where he finds not only shelter but a secret passageway, marking the start of a chain of events which lead him to London and Arabella’s home.
At the heart of the mystery is a statue of a tiger, discovered by the teenagers’ grandfather; a famous archaeologist, and housed in the British Museum. The statue is linked to an ancient civilisation, and a long-lost book: together, these treasures prove to be a powerful force and the race is on to find the book as a sinister secret order seeks to steal the statue and harness its powers to take control of London.
With her mother in Mesopotamia on the hunt for the book it is up to Arabella, along with Humphrey, their friend Tom and the indomitable Mrs McKay, to unravel the mystery and foil the evil plan. Bravery and cunning are key – but so is knowing who they can trust.
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