This is another book I’ve read from The Book Review Directory authors requests. Again I’ve enjoyed reading this YA’s style book.
At Chalk House the alarm sounds, they have a new arrival. Doctor Nicholas Rose goes to help ease a young girl through Heartsease and into her new life beyond death. She can just remember her name is Clemmie, everything else is confusing. She has temporary amnesia.
She looks at the man with long hair and the woman with him he calls Aunt Eliza. She is scared. How did she die? The answer to that question is something the doctor hopes to discover.
The twist is that Clemmie’s arrival heralds a change in the history of the alternate dimension she’s arrived in. Doctor Rose explains that he runs a home for dead children. Most of the children at Chalk House had been murdered. They discover that to return their world to its original history they need to find out exactly what happened to Clemmie and if possible prevent it from happening.
Clemmie discovers that Chalk House is full of technology she has never seen in the world she came from. She finds it hard to accept others guiding her life, her new friends are kind and that’s something she doesn’t remember having in her past life. The home is a loving and caring environment for the children and staff alike.
Although, this book is quite long for middle readers, at 468 pages, the unique way Rosie introduces concepts of alternate dimensions, time travel, and the family-friendly environment make the tale a delight.