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The Kelpie (The MacArthur Family Chronicles)

by T.J. Wooldridge

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Lock up your children! The Kelpies are coming! Well, one is.

No one would have believed them, even if they had tried to tell them, so Heather and Joe are the only ones who know that a Kelpie had taken up residence in the nearby loch. Add in that they are 11 & 12 years old, Joe is the son of England's crown prince and Heather's father is a famous actor, and it begins to become clear why the two of them might have a problem. The adults might help, if they could tell them what is going on, but, really, who's going to believe them? So, here they are, battling a creature from a fairy tale, before he can eat all the local children. A talking cat and a ghost offer their assistance, in their own way, in the battle with the Kelpie. And, too, the "Good Neighbors" drop by to add their opinions. Seriously, no adult is going to even listen to the end of such a tale to get to the part where help is asked for. And, of course, the two also have to handle daily life in a castle, surrounded by the typical bunch of relatives (an autistic brother, a queen for a grandmother, a moody father, the list goes on & on).
I was drawn into the world that T. J. Wooldridge created from the first page and was sorry to have to say goodbye as I read the last words. The world was full of colorful, and realistic, life. It was all more believable that you would believe, the story kept me entranced to the end (read it in one session), and the ending had me nodding in agreement.

This is the first book in what is hoped to be a long series revolving around Heather and Joe, and their families. ( )
  Nightwing | Feb 18, 2014 |
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I can't honestly say I was joking when I suggested to my best friend, Joe - Prince Joseph, eldest son of England's Crown Prince - that we could probably find something the police had missed in regards to the missing children. After all, eleven and twelve year olds like us did that all the time on the telly and in the books we read When Heather and Joe decide to be Sleuthy MacSleuths on the property abutting the castle Heather's family lives in, neither expected to discover the real reason children were going missing: A Kelpie. A child-eating faerie horse had moved into the loch ""next door.… (more)

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