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The Spell of Pencliff (Claudia Quash Series Book 1) by Wendy Hobbs

Claudia Quash series, YA, Wendy Hobbs, book review, On My Kindle

Publishing Push provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


On her thirteenth birthday Claudia Quash receives an old letter that tells her about a family secret and asks her to solve a mystery to clear her family's name. Following the clues that are hidden within the letter, Claudia discovers a dollhouse with a miniature grandfather clock that is the key to solving a mystery that has haunted her family for years.

Will Claudia be able to reveal who was responsible for the crimes in the past and clear her family's name, or will tragedy befall her before she is able to discover the truth?


When I was approached about reviewing this book, I was pretty excited to review it after reading the description. At first glance, I thought The Spell of Pencliff might resemble Harry Potter; however, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Claudia is a typical thirteen-year-old girl who is living a normal life with her parents until her life is turned upside down by the mysterious letter. 

I appreciated how Hobbs waited until near the end of the story to reveal Claudia's magical ability, and I thought that Claudia's ability was unique and interesting. I enjoyed the world that Hobbs created; it was detailed, imaginative, and charming. 

Wendy Hobbs, author of The Spell of Pencliff
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I found Claudia to be a very likeable character; Hobbs did a wonderful job of portraying her as a well-adjusted, bright, and inquisitive young teenager. Even though The Spell of Pencliff features a female protagonist, I admired the fact that Hobbs created a story that is gender neutral and appropriate for family story time. 

Finally, I thought that the story ended on a good note. The ending gives readers some closure, but it also leaves readers wanting to know more about Claudia. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book in the Claudia Quash Series.

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