Review Blog

Jun 30 2015

88 Lime Street - The Way In by Denise Kirby

cover image

Omnibus Books, 2015. ISBN 9781742991009
(Age: 11-14) Ellen and her family have left their old life behind to move into a new house in a new town, and that means making new friends. When they first see their new house it seems to Ellen something isn't quite right, besides the fact it is such an old house, it's a maze of rooms and doors or lack of. There are two towers; one the children love to explore, the other they can't seem to find the door.
One afternoon exploring Ellen and her brother, Ben, find what looks like the plans to the house. Ellen can quite clearly see the secret door to the tower but Ben and no one else can. Then strange things start to happen, messages appear; there are threatening emails and a fountain in an overgrown garden fills up with water.
Is the house haunted? Is it trying to tell Ellen something? The other kids at school seem to think so and have fun bullying Ellen about it. But she won't give up trying to solve the riddle of the mysteries of 88 Lime Street. Time is of the essence!
I found 88 Lime Street quite easy to read and shouldn't be a problem for senior primary school students to become fully engrossed in. Denise Kirby has developed the characters well and the reader will have no problem feeling sympathy for Ellen as she has trouble settling into her new settings and dealing with the school bullies. I was quite surprised with how much I did enjoy this book, and the characters within it.
Jody Holmes

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2018
National Book Award winners 2017
Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2017
YABBA Awards 2017
Teens' top 10
2017 Man Booker Prize
Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature 2017 winners
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2017
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates