Monday, 23 August 2010

11+: Million Dollar Mates - Cathy Hopkins


Deep within the heart of the Moiraean Mountains lies the town of Opum Oppidulum - home to the freezing Lake Beluarum and it's rumoured monster. An inescapable asylum stands in the centre of the lake, enclosed by the sheer cliffs of Drop Rock island. When Ambrose Grammaticus, famous inventor and master engineer, viciously attacks his own son, Rex, he is hauled to the island and imprisoned. Rex knows his evil stepmother, Acantha, is behind his father's 'madness', but how can he prove it? Only the asylum holds the answers ...This is a savage story of treachery, lunacy, greed, revenge and pure unadulterated wickedness.


A different take on a modern fairy tale as our principle protagonista is thrust into a building full of the rich and famous. Definitely an interesting novel and one that thrusts the reader into a world that we all wish that we could live in as the heroine faces off against the usual teen issues. Good fun, entertaining and above all else beautifully written with a lead character who just jumps of the page to be someone that you could find on most streets and that, above all else, is what sells this novel.

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