This was one of the first books that was recommended to me when I joined the school staff as a librarian, by the other librarian, teachers, and students. I read it for the first time on the coach to France and had it finished by the time that we arrived at the first destination.
I saw the film of Hugo, before I discovered that it was based on a book, so I broke my cardinal rule, don’t judge a book by it’s movie. Thankfully, I loved the film or else I may not have discovered this book which would have been an outrage.
I saw this book in the school library when I was searching for books on LGBTQ+ for a Pride display that we were doing (if they are going to have a queer librarian and celebrate Pride across the school for a month, they were going to get a display). It was one of the first books that I picked up from this category and after I finished it, it sadly had to be removed from our school library system (Chapter 9 was not appropriate for the school!) but it is not one that I regret picking up by any stretch.
A short story from the Shades of London series. I chose this book our to read from the library, online library, as I know that a lot of students were reading this as they worked through the books from past and present World Book Days. It is one of the few WBD Books that I have ever read and I am not regretting it. It is a book that has made me want to go away and read some more of the series to see if it matches the level of quality of the short story in writing and story line, sadly I have not done so.
This was the second book that I decided I would be reading this Summer to refresh Roald Dahl in my mind. I began it straight after the first as I had borrowed five from the Virtual Library to read on my laptop that night.