Rose : Book 1, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The first book in Holly Webb's darkly magical series for readers aged 9 and up - join the 85,000 readers who have fallen in love with Rose's world!The grand residence of the famous alchemist, Mr Fountain, is a world away from the dark orphanage Rose has left behind.

For the house is positively overflowing with magic - she can feel it. And it's not long before Rose realises that maybe, just maybe, she has a little bit of magic in her, too . . .But when orphans begin mysteriously disappearing, Rose knows there's something dark at work and her magic will be put to the test.

Can she find the missing children before it's too late?If you love Araminta Spook, Harry Potter and Lemony Snickett, the Rose books are perfect for you!Discover more by Holly Webb with her Lily and Magical Venice series - also filled with magical adventures.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 13 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781408304471

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Rose was an orphan who lived at St Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls. She had been abandoned as a baby with nothing to show of where she came from; except possibly an unusual talent. But even her name was borrowed from the rose bush at the orphanage.While other girls daydreamed of one day finding loving, and wealthy, parents who would one day return for them, Rose was imagining more practical dreams. All she wanted was employment as a maid, her own wages and freedom from the orphanage. One day her dream came true.Rose had found employment as a maid at the home of Mr Fountain, a magician. Rose is initially unsure about magic, but it's something she can not ignore. Rose has a new home and new friends, but when her old friend disappears Rose is determined to find her. But she is not the only one; children have started disappearing all over London.Rose is a magical and mysterious story that is endearing and instantly appealing. Rose is practical and thoughtful, but also funny and very enchanting. It is an exciting and inventive story of magicians and witches, talking cats, mist-monsters, treacle and friendships.

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Rose from the orphanage is selected to become a housekeeper at the house of Mr Fountain a very important magician. The problem is she shows signs of magic which is not approved of by the kitchen staff. But when children start going missing, and Mr Fountain becomes besotted by a strange lady, Rose finds her magic to be pretty useful.I loved this book and would recommend it to children who like a bit of magic in their lives. If you loved Harry Potter this will be good for you

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Webb loves adverbs. And uses them when she really shouldn't - and the use of the words "... watched interestedly..." was enough to make my internal editor cringe. Once I got past the edit-as-I-read, I found a quite delightful tale with a heroine who doesn't want to be special, doesn't want to have magic, just wants to have an ordinary life and an ordinary job and be independent. Alas, Rose has magical tendencies, which become evident when she leaves the orphanage and becomes a servant in the house of an alchemist. Then orphans from around the city start vanishing and Rose is the only one who seems to care - so she resolves to find them and rescue them. A well paced story with an interesting plot and nifty characters, but a few darker moments as well.