Jan 10, 2012

Tween Tuesday: The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

4 excellent oatmeal butterscotch chip cookies.

Cover Love: Yes. This cover works really well. The people, the colors, the fonts. All of it! Love the cover!

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I love Ellen Potter. There isn't a book of hers that I haven't enjoyed so I was super excited to read this one! Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:
Hiding is Roo Fanshaw's special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment's notice. When her parents are murdered, it's her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.

As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn't believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.

Despite the best efforts of her uncle's assistants, Roo discovers the house's hidden room--a garden with a tragic secret.

Inspired by The Secret Garden, this tale full of unusual characters and mysterious secrets is a story that only Ellen Potter could write.

I Kept Reading Because:
It was a great read!

Romance?: No

What I Liked (& Didn't):
The thing about re-workings of previous novels is that you know what to expect. All the elements are there and you just keep reading until they come out.

I loved Roo and the setting was fantastic. An old children's hospital on an island could lend itself to very creepy situations, but Ms. Potter stayed away from cliques. She stuck true to the story of The Secret Garden.

While Roo was the character we got to know the most, her observation skills let us learn a lot about the other characters. Phillip in particular.

I don't get why Ms. Valentine disliked Roo so much. She wasn't unruly or out of control--she really just kept to herself. But maybe if you can't get to know someone in some way, you distrust them.

Great ending! I like a story that ends with hope and no cliffhanger!

To Sum Up: A well written adaption of The Secret Garden. Ellen Potter is an excellent writing! Check this one out. I will be buying it for my library.

Books sent from Feiwel & Friends. Thanks!


  1. I LOVED the Kneebone Boy and Olivia Kidney and this one sounds just as wonderful! The girl on the cover is unique looking and that appeals to me.

  2. Oh, man! I just requested an ARC of this one. *fingers crossed*

  3. Peaceful: Me too! Both the Kneebone Boy & Olivia Kidney made me cry. I was expecting to on this one, but actually didn't! I need to read some of the other Olivia Kidney books.

    Shannon: You can borrow mine...

  4. Oh, Yay! I really just can't handle ghost stories, so at first I was thinking "Eh... no." But I love the idea of a Secret Garden re-telling! And to top it off, I've never read a single thing by Ellen Potter. Hopefully this will be my first!

  5. Intense plotline--bee-you-tee-ful cover art!!!

  6. Great review! I need to try this one.