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HEAP HOUSE Review by Florence, Age 12

You’ve already seen our Parent Review of THE ELITES on our blog, and now it’s time for a review from 12-year-old Florence Marling. We love hearing from all different kinds of readers, and here is what Florence has to say about HEAP HOUSE by Edward Carey.

HEAP HOUSE
Clod is an Iremonger, part of a big family that has dedicated their heart and soul to the heaps, a colossal sea of forsaken and unwanted objects. Over many centuries, Iremongers have sifted through countless objects, finding special treasures that they can mend and sell again to the rest of London.  Heap house, where the Iremongers reside, is located at the heart of the infamous heaps…

“‘But how could you tell, Clod?’ my relations wondered. ‘How could you know the safety pin was there?’

‘I heard it, sir,’ I said, ‘calling out.'”

Clod has a rare illness, or, some rather spiteful Iremongers would argue, a curse. He can hear objects continuously calling out names, until sometimes he finds it unbearable to be in certain rooms. Something is going on at Heap House, something mysterious and disconcerting. Clod claims that the objects are uneasy, they are louder and more hysterical than usual. Then Lucy Pennant, a rebellious, red headed, serving girl turns up, and the closely knit web that holds Heap House together starts to slowly unravel, and the dark secrets lurking just around the corner in the darkest cellar behind the best wine in the Iremonger mansion, keeps threatening to make an appearance and destroy everything Clod stands for…

4. Lucy Pennant Heap House servant copyAn illustration of Lucy Pennant by Edward Carey

I thought the ideas behind the book were ingenious and had been clearly thought out to a great extent, and also the way the author had actually written the book was pretty flawless. It’s amazingly inventive and original. The characters personalities grow through the story and by the end of the book, you feel you really know them. The words flow beautifully and burst out of the page, the passion and effort that has been put into this book by Edward Carey is immense.

The one book that kept passing through my mind as I read HEAP HOUSE was THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness. I think they both had similar ideas. In Patrick Ness’s book, instead of being able to hear object speak, you can hear other people’s thoughts out loud. Both books had the same idea that you can supernaturally hear things that in the real world are impossible to hear. If you really enjoyed reading THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness, I highly recommend that you read HEAP HOUSE.

But a nursery rhyme every parent teaches their child, and in every school the playground chant goes… ‘You must never trust an Iremonger.’

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