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The grand house of the famous alchemist Mr Fountain is a world away from the dark orphanage Rose has left behind. The house is positively overflowing with sparkling magic! Rose can feel it. And soon Rose realises that maybe she might be just a bit magical too… But when orphans start mysteriously disappearing, Rose’s magic is put to the test. Can she find the missing children before it’s too late? From the bestselling author of Catmagic, this spellbinding story of enchantment and self-discovery brims with colour and imagination!

“A skilfully spun, spell-binding mystery that will catch you up in a web of wonder.” Junior Education Plus

“Warm and sparkling and magical and fun.” Hilary McKay

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AR book level: 4.9; Middle years; 8.0 points

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  • 272 pages




Holly Webb

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  1. JapaneseStar
    on 2 November 2015

    OMG I know that I say that I love practically every book I read (if you’ve seen my other reviews) but is definitely my all time fav! It’s all about 10 year old orphan Rose who is suddenly whisked away to famous magician, Mr Fountain’s grand house to be a maid where she learns that there might just be magic in her too! But then children start to go missing! Can Rose find them? Is she strong enough? How powerful is she? Will she see what’s truly in Freddie (Mr Fountain’s Mysterious Apprentice) and Isabella’s (Mr Fountain’s Spoilt Daughter’s) hearts?

    Find out in Holly Webb’s gripping novel, Rose!

    I would recommend this book for 10+

    5out of 5
  2. BabyPenguin
    on 2 October 2013

    It’s super good so far! I love it! Can’t wait till the end! :)

    5out of 5
  3. Rosetheophan
    on 3 February 2013

    I adored this book, i couldn’t put it down! It is very well written

    5out of 5
  4. Becajane6320
    on 19 May 2012

    Rose is a fab book and it would be better for kids the age of 12+. (i’m now reading the next book of rose)(Rose and the lost princess) its worth a read

  5. loonylikeluna
    on 9 July 2011

    I loved this book. It is set in the early 1900s, at first in an orphanage, then to an amazing, huge house. Rose, an orphan of around 11, it sent to the house to work as a servant! The book has lots of twists and turns, and I would reccomend it to girls aged 9 and over.

    5out of 5
  6. whitecover
    on 11 June 2011

    From a poor girl who was abandoned as a baby, to a magicians apprentise. Rose Is an amazing adventure book, It kept me hooked all the way through. I loved to see how in each chapter, she progressed in her magical abilitys.But she has to take her chances. In order to stay with the head magician, she has to work part time. And,finnaly, gets to go on her adventure to save her missing friend without help. I woukd recomend this book to any reading lover.

  7. soluvbooks
    on 14 November 2010

    nobody couldn’t like rose she is lovely and its a wonderful

    5out of 5
  8. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 18 October 2010

    I was gripped from page one. It wasn’t very realistic, but that’s what I liked about it! There were a few very unexpected but pleasant twists to this story, which made you want to keep reading.

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous. It looks mysterious, magical and marvellous – perfect! It makes you want to just….grab it.

    This definitely wasn’t any ordinary novel – it was a gripping, on the edge-of-your-seat, what-happens-next book! I give this book 10/10 and recommend it for readers aged 10+.

    AMBER, AGE 11

    5out of 5
  9. lovemysteryromance
    on 23 June 2010

    Rose was a brilliant book! Once I had bought it I was very eager to read it. Very good story too. But it might be a little scary for children under ten.

    5out of 5
  10. marshmallow99
    on 18 June 2010

    One of my favourite books ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  11. PuddleTheNaughtiestPuppy
    on 23 May 2010

    I Really LOve dthis book I couldnt put it down though i did get scared when i read thebit about the evil witch at night time !!! It was brill thought just dont read it at Night time ! :) :)

  12. TheJode
    on 9 May 2010

    This is an adventure sort of book, like when you start reading this book, you CAN’T put it down!!

  13. Hermione2010
    on 29 April 2010

    I love the book Rose! It’s sort of slightly historical and a lot of fantasy! To cut a long story short, Rose is an orphan and goes to work as a servant in a magician’s house. She settles down only to find out her new master has just aquired a new lady-friend. Rose doesn’t like her, neither does any one else downstairs, and Rose doesn’t trust her what – so – ever…

    I would recommened this to girls age 8 and a half +

    5out of 5