Monday, April 22, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Humming Room

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter received a lot of MMGM buzz when it released in early 2012, so I knew it would be a fantastic story. And knowing it was inspired by The Secret Garden, well, that kinda made my eyes pop! How intriguing.

The premise: When Roo's father is killed, she learns she has an uncle she never knew about. The uncle takes her in, but the mansion where he lives (an old tuberculosis sanitarium for children) is as cold and heartless as he is. But the walls hum -- or that's what it sounds like to Roo anyway. Roo follows the humming and discovers what everyone in the mansion is keeping her from -- a garden. A garden with a secret.

What I loved: The mystery. The secret must be revealed in order for healing to come to these carefully-crafted characters. And I have to include my love of the setting, too. The river, the mansion and the garden are also carefully-crafted characters.

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27 comments:

  1. This book sounds fantastic! I can't help but be intrigued by anything with a mystery element. And that cover! *stares forever at the awesome art*

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  2. It was inspired by The Secret Garden? I'll have to read it. That was my favorite book growing up and one that truly inspired me to write.

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  3. I've seen this around a lot too. Thanks for reminding me to read it.

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  4. Interesting...I want to know what the humming is.

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  5. Thanks, Barbara! I have been wanting to read this ever since I first heard it was inspired by The Secret Garden - definitely one of my all time favorite books. I can't wait to check it out. In other news, we have moved, hooray! We have been in our new place for one week. So thankful for a smooth move and to get settled in.

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  6. I do love a mystery. Thanks for telling me aobut this.

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  7. Sounds like a delightful mystery for the MG reader!

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  8. It sounds wonderful. I must add it to my TBR list.

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  9. I definitely read to check this one out. I've read Ellen Potter before and enjoyed it, so I'm sure I'd love this one, too!

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  10. Love the sound of it! And love when settings draw you in!

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  11. I remember this book. I've been meaning to read it. Gah! So many good books and not enough time to read them all.

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  12. I want to read this really badly because I love The Secret Garden! This book has been on my TBR list since I read about it on another MMGM post. The humming walls are intriguing. And I love books in which the setting is a character.

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  13. This one is here in the house, waiting for me to fit it into my reading schedule! My daughter got it through a Scholastic book order and neither of us have read it yet. And I didn't realize it is by Ellen Potter... I just finished SLOB and really enjoyed that book by the same author!

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  14. It looks familiar. Unfortunately it's too young for my boys and too old for my daughter.

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  15. This sounds fantastic! I love it--thanks for the heads up, Barbara!!! :o) <3

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  16. I'm going to start adding all your suggestions to my library or Amazon list. Suddenly my second grader is reading a book every two or three days and we're running out of material....

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  17. oh my good golly I loved loved this book and for all the reasons you did too! thanks for spreading the love!

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  18. I loved this book. Especially with the similarities to The Secret Garden, one of my favorites when I was younger.

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  19. Based on the Secret Garden? Look at everyone that loved it too! Sounds wonderful!!

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  20. You've gotta love big mansions and mysterious uncles!

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  21. This one was on my radar, then dropped off. I randomly picked up one of Ellen's books from her MG series a few years back because the cover was cute - gotta read this one :)

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  22. This sounds like one I would love! I'm going to check and see if it is at the library.

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  23. Love the cover and this one sounds so good!

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  24. The cover is so dramatic with all of that purple. Love it!

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