A magical story better than any amusement park ride.
Alan Edwards, Orbit: The School Magazine
A modern-day, light-hearted ghost tale set in a Brighton-pier-like carnival. It brims with warmth and family hugs. . . The opening chapter, in which Aurelie plays a corpse in the ghost train, is a highlight. This story is gentle and it's not so much comedic as quirky, especially in the ghostly climax.
Fans of the Max Remy series will not be disappointed. Here they will find fun, adventure and a little magic. Or is it just sleight of hand? This is a wonderful book and Abela herself is the real magician.
The Reading Stack
The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen won't be one for long. It's an amusing adventure, packed with ghosts and a whole lot of fun. This book is highly recommended for ages 8 and up.
Oliver Phommavanh, BUZZ WORDS
Deborah Abela, author of the Max Remy Superspy series, has forged a wonderful novel for primary school readers. Abela deftly juxtaposes the everyday and the supernatural, and has a feel for quirkily funny dialogue and dramatic incident. Her story moves at a brisk clip and is graced with a cast of likable eccentrics.
Rosemary Sorensen, Weekend Australian
Building on the hugely successful Max Remy series, Abela has created a rich world of intrigue and adventure. Told with the right balance of action and comedy, The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen will delight Max Remy fans with this new strong heroine.
Ben Beaton, Junior Bookseller and Publisher
Abela knows how to structure and pace a good yarn and keeps the action coming . . . As filling as a waffle from a funfair and just as much fun.
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