Kid’s Book Review: The Hidden Story of Estie Noor

Kid’s Book Review: The Hidden Story of Estie Noor

About the Book and Author

When twelve-year-old Estie is expelled from school, she’s sent to stay with her aunt in Scotland over the summer. Even though nobody, not even her mum, asked to hear her side of the story.

Estie’s determined to keep her barriers up and stick to herself until the holidays are over. But when she comes across an intricately folded paper castle with a secret message written inside – a message from someone desperate to tell their own unbelieved story – a chord is struck, and Estie can’t help but follow the clues to the next piece of artwork. Who are these messages from? And what will their secret reveal about the town?

In helping to uncover the anonymous artist’s truth, Estie just might find the words to tell her own. . .

Nadine Aisha Jassat is a poet, writer and creative practitioner. She is the author of poetry collection Let Me Tell You This (404 Ink), has been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines, and was named in Jackie Kay’s International Literature Showcase Selection of 10 Compelling writers of colour working in the UK. To find out more please visit her website.

She received a prestigious New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and was shortlisted for the UK’s largest poetry prize, the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and for a Herald Scotland Outstanding Literature award. She has performed her work and taught creative writing both nationally and internationally. The Stories Grandma Forget (and how I found them)  was her debut novel written in verse.

Book Review

I love it when characters are mischievous

When I first got this book, I was desperate to start reading it due to the majestic purple front cover and the detailed illustrations. The title intrigued me as I love mysteries and I wanted to find out who Estie Noor was and what the hidden story was. The blurb at the back made me excited to read the book.

My favourite part of the book was when Estie got expelled from school because I love it when characters are mischievous. But it did make me sad that Estie didn’t like school because I think school is so much fun. I would love to go to the town where Estie was staying because there is so much happening like the art fair and I love art. There was lots of mystery in the story so I literally could not but this book down. I love how the author set the story out like a poem, this is the first time I have read a story that is laid out like this and I liked it because it was a change.

I like the map at the start of the book because it gives so much information about where everything is.
There are some tricky words so younger readers may not be able to understand, I had to check the meaning of a few of the words with my mum.

I think this book is a perfect length to take on holiday.
I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries, music and animals.
I really liked seeing a picture of Nadine at the end and the information made me want to meet with her in person one day.
I am definitely going to read this book again and will tell my friends about it. I am going to look out for more books by Nadine.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Emaan
  • Age: 7 years
  • Likes: swimming, crafts, and fun fairs
  • Dislikes: bananas and spiders
  • Favourite Book: The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
  • Favourite Film: The Bad Guys
  • Favourite Song: We Don't Talk About Bruno (from Encanto)