Kid’s Review: Glassheart

Kid’s Review: Glassheart

About the Book and Author

This is a beautifully imaginative and rich adventure about determination, courage and the power of love, set in the aftermath of World War Two from Katharine Orton, the author of Nevertell. 

Readers aged 9-12 years who like well-written adventure stories with a historical backdrop and a pinch of magical realism will absolutely love this book, which is published by Walker Books

Through the glass, the magic is waiting… Nona and her uncle travel everywhere together, replacing stained-glass windows in war-torn buildings. When a mysterious commission takes them to the lonely moors of Dartmoor, Nona discovers a wild and powerful magic which threatens everything. Can Nona protect those she loves – even if it means fighting darkness itself? .

Katharine Orton author

Katharine Orton studied English Literature at University and then she did an MA in Creative Writing. She worked for children’s publisher Barefoot Books in Bath, as a copywriter, and then with stained glass – before she quit to focus on her young family and writing career. Her first book Nevertell , which was listed for the Branford Boase Award,was written whilst her child was at nursery and during his nap-times!

Visit her website to find out more.

Book Review

I love this book because it highlights the dark side of glass and the battles are enthralling

Glassheart by Katharine Orton is a wonderful book that hooks you in from the very start. It features a girl called Nona and her uncle, who fix stained glass windows. Then, mysteriously, they are called to an abandoned town in order to replace the windows of a ruined church…

I loved this book because it highlights the dark side of glass, when most people believe it to be purely beautiful. I loved the additions of spirits, unique creatures and extra mysteries to solve, which are scattered throughout the duration of the story. It has a thrilling plotline and exceptional characters that collaborate to create a nail-biting tale.

This book offers a huge range of feelings, from the calm of safety at home to the tense excitement of that you feel when you know something is about to happen.

There are plenty of edge-of-the-seat scenes, where you just keep guessing what is going to happen next. I was enthralled by the battles and challenges that are thrown at the characters at every turn.

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Reviewer Profile

Junior Reviewer Margaret
  • Name: Margaret
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: reading, fossil hunting and writing
  • Dislikes: seafood and stir-fry
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