The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom – review

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Many thanks to Valerie Dewhurst and the Telling Tales Reading Group of QEGS, Blackburn

Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom  by Vicki Lockwood
reviewed by QEGS Telling Tales group (Year 7 and 8) – April 2015

 magnificent lizzie brown

We found this historical mystery had lots and lots of ‘cliff hangers’ – so much so that we really struggled to put it down. We couldn’t but help feel so sorry for Lizzie Brown living in the slum, this really did trigger off our emotions. The circus arriving is a godsend for Lizzie and the fact that she discovers she can read palms, yes really read palms, is great news. The mystery and the adventure of the story unfolds and really does lift the reader into another world, one that really does make them want to keep reading – we all like this in a book!






Some of our Telling Tales group read this book over one day – our school librarian gave us credits as she was so impressed. However, it really does show you that reading a good book can really grab you and lock you in, making you want to shut out the outside world and curl up in a corner and just read!


We always try and discover who else writes like a particular book – especially if we have enjoyed it. This book was so good that we are hoping there is more to come.


Our group loved this book – we are awarding it 9/10.

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