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Deep in the woods sits an unassuming house, one not noticed by those who pass it by, but inside exists those the world has forgotten: the Unnaturals, children born with magic from an ancient source, who also possess supernatural powers that make them dangerous to the outside world. Outcasts, misunderstood, they are taken in by Miss Crabtree, the loving headmistress of the school. Here, at the School for Unnaturals, they learn to control their gifts and learn the art of spellbinding under her care.
When the war comes to England, their lives are placed in danger as the threat of the Nazis overtaking England brings a secret society called the Ahnenerbe, desiring to use the Unnaturals to give them an advantage during World War II. When an impassioned plea is made for her children to help save England, Miss Crabtree must rally her students to stand tall in the world of the Mundanes, the same world that made them outcasts. With time running out, they must fight to stay alive and out of the hands of the Nazi regime as the war rages.
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By Ray Johnson on 03-01-18
A great start to a new series
This book comes across like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and I can see the similarities, but these are are only facile ties, and Crabtree is most definitely not Peregrine. When I got this I did not realize it was YA, silly me, so I had my kids listen to it with me, and they absolutely loved it. My oldest son is a fan of the formerly named series and even he said that he liked this as much if not more.
A little warning, the book does end on a cliffhanger, so don't get your pajamas in a knot when you realize that the story isn't over. Just be happy that there is MORE coming later. The book is set in WWII, and that fits the tale. I don't know if it would work as well in modern day. . . we'll see, who knows what the future holds. The magic works, and the kids are interesting.
Johns does a great job narrating, and we can't wait to hear more of his work in the future.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By KimReads on 03-27-18
Miss Crabtree is everything she should be; compassionate, strong, resourceful, and magical. This is a fantasy woven into the tapestry of historical WWII. It is full of colorful characters who draw you in completely. A delightful read to while away the hours of "mundane" life.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful