The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
The Secret Railway
Leo and Ella expect moving day to be boring and hard work. What they don't expect is to accidentally fall into a hidden world, where it seems they hold the key to saving the Kingdom of Izzambard from the evil Griselda.
Helped in their mission by a magical steam train, they must be sure to avoid Griselda's mechanical spies, must never be late - and definitely need to get home in time for tea!
Hilarious and gripping from page one, this is a masterful piece of storytelling, and the first in a new series. Tense, imaginative, filled with fabulous characters and whacky inventions, and with some genuinely scary moments, this first 'chapter book' is hard to put down - which is something of a rarity in fiction for younger readers. Highly recommended.