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Who has stolen the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London? How could the thief walk through walls made of stone? What further crimes lurk inside the mind of the Black Crow? Penelope Tredwell is cursed with writer's block. So when a mysterious letter arrives confessing to an impossible crime, Penelope thinks she's found the perfect plot. Sinister experiments, kidnap and treason. But what if it's all true?
A gripping, page-turning adventure in which the new-fangled technology of film seems gradually to be taking over real life! Thirteen-year-old Penny Treadwell who owns and manages a magazine full of spine tingling stories, is excited that one of the stories is to be turned into a film. Actors and film-makers gather in a large house in a lonely setting; all looks ready for the adaptation but all too soon, things begin to go wrong. Can Penny stop the spooky drama that is about to enfold her? And will the film begin to affect the outcome of her own life?
December 2012 Book of the Month | A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read series for fans of Philip Reeve, Marcus Sedgwick and Anthony Horowitz.
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