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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Silent Lee and the Adventure of the Side Door Key" by Alex Hiam.]
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Silent Lee lives with her Aunt Generous, as her mother travels for work. One day, though, her mother takes Silent away to live with her cousins because her aunt is sick. After her aunt dies suddenly, Silent faces a life with the cousins, the attic being her bedroom. However, Sie (pronounced like pie) gets a note from her aunt stating that she isn't dead; she's merely being held captive. Sie must investigate. Along the way, she meets a meddlesome boy named Raahi who would like nothing more than to help. Will Sie and Raahi find Aunt Generous?

From the first page, Alex Hiam drew me into Silent Lee and the Adventure of the Side Door Key. This young adult fiction consists of around 120 pages and is a quick read. Some of the vocabulary is advanced, the word exigent for example. However, the book would still be suitable for middle school to high school children, as there is no profanity or adult content.

Magic is a key component of the story, but this isn't simply a magical book. Silent attends the "Girl’s Academy of Latin and Alchemy—“GALA” for short." Her world is much more simplistic than ours; so, when she must rescue Aunt Generous in the modern world, she gets confused. This created some fun and educational moments.

The little personal touches from the author were my favorite element. For example, Mr. Hiam gives a brief introduction as to what magic is. At the end, he tells us that the places in the book are real. These unique elements made the book more intimate.

In addition, I enjoyed the characters. Sie is standoffish at first, especially when it comes to Raahi. Still, Raahi is persistent, and he makes a great foil for her. Silent's mother is the typical evil villain. Of note, too, is the fact that there's diversity in the book. Raahi's mother is Indian, and Silent is not the usual Caucasian protagonist, which was refreshing and educational for the younger reader. As well, unlike many authors, Mr. Hiam helps the reader know how to pronounce the names. Look how he educates the reader on Raahi's name. “Oh, sorry! I’m Raahi. ‘Rah-hee.’"

Furthermore, while most of the major plot arcs are wrapped up, there is room for a sequel. In fact, the author includes a bonus chapter from Silent Lee and the Oxford Adventure. If incomplete details irritate you, it might be best to skip this.

In summary, I highly enjoyed this book. There were only a few errors and no negative aspects. Therefore, I give Silent Lee and the Adventure of the Side Door Key 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to all ages, including adults, who enjoy clean, magical adventures. I can't wait to read more about Sie!

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I hope aunty Generous is found. Such funny names. Silent and Generous. Beautiful review.
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This book has sprinkles of magic, humor, and mystery. I think lots of teenagers would find this entertaining. Thanks for a great review!
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It's fascinating to see that the author was able to embed so much adventure in just 120 pages. Thanks for the honest review.
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It sounds a little cheesy to me, but I like that the author offers the way to pronounce the main character's names. That is really smart. I've read one too many books where the main characters name was SO hard to pronounce! Good review!
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Adanna Inya wrote: 12 Jun 2020, 02:58 I hope aunty Generous is found. Such funny names. Silent and Generous. Beautiful review.
Yes! The names were a wonderful addition to the book that children would love. Thanks!
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espo wrote: 12 Jun 2020, 05:06 This book has sprinkles of magic, humor, and mystery. I think lots of teenagers would find this entertaining. Thanks for a great review!
I'm an adult, and I found it interesting. It's a bit simplistic, but everyone should read a nice, simple book from time to time. Thanks!
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book_fanatic_ wrote: 12 Jun 2020, 08:46 It's fascinating to see that the author was able to embed so much adventure in just 120 pages. Thanks for the honest review.
It's a short read, but it was so fun! Thanks!
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Samwisekoop wrote: 12 Jun 2020, 12:51 It sounds a little cheesy to me, but I like that the author offers the way to pronounce the main character's names. That is really smart. I've read one too many books where the main characters name was SO hard to pronounce! Good review!
The author was quite brilliant in how he presents everything. It may sound cheesy, but it's not. Thanks!
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I can definitely imagine my pre-teen self gobbling this up. Ah, who am I kidding? I would read this today! I love that it’s a quick, clean read filled with magic, fun, and good representation. The names are sweet and inventive, and I love the mystery aspect. The cover art definitely promotes the book well, and it fits its genre, which is so important! Great review!
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sirbobthewise wrote: 14 Jun 2020, 20:39 I can definitely imagine my pre-teen self gobbling this up. Ah, who am I kidding? I would read this today! I love that it’s a quick, clean read filled with magic, fun, and good representation. The names are sweet and inventive, and I love the mystery aspect. The cover art definitely promotes the book well, and it fits its genre, which is so important! Great review!
I can tell that you would LOVE this! I hope you find time to read it. I'm already looking forward to the next in the series. Thanks!
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I would like to know if Sie and Raahi found Aunt Generous? I think I kinda like the names used for the characters sounds a bit unconventional. Good review.
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I would love a magical adventure for a summer read! I like how the author established the relationship between Silent and her aunt before throwing out the curveball that she isn't really dead! This sounds like a real page-turner. Thanks for the recommendation!
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Prince Chime wrote: 16 Jun 2020, 16:17 I would like to know if Sie and Raahi found Aunt Generous? I think I kinda like the names used for the characters sounds a bit unconventional. Good review.
Yes, the character names were quite interesting and fun! I hope you can find time to read and enjoy the book! Thanks.
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kdstrack wrote: 16 Jun 2020, 17:34 I would love a magical adventure for a summer read! I like how the author established the relationship between Silent and her aunt before throwing out the curveball that she isn't really dead! This sounds like a real page-turner. Thanks for the recommendation!
This would be a fabulous summer read. Hopefully the author will have several of these books soon, and then it would really be a series to watch. Thanks!
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