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Thursday 3 January 2019

Junior Review: The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars

In a town called Sprindrift there is an orphanage that houses many children without parents. The town also is home to the very posh Brathelwaite Boarding School, packed to the rafters with rich children. 

The schools compete against each other in a tournament and both schools desperately want the trophy to prove they are the best. They begin to hate each other and a war between the schools erupts.
Meanwhile in town many odd things start to happen – led by the Whisperers, many strange creatures and happenings come into Spindrift.

When orphan Finlay and Brathelwaite students Honeybee, Hamish and Victor are captured by the opposition they know they have to do something to save themselves and many other children from the Whispering Wars. Their adventures are thrilling, captivating and teach them that they’re all the same deep down.

I loved The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars because not only was it written by one of my favourite authors, Jaclyn Moriarty, but also because it had an excellent plot. I also loved how Jaclyn writes so strongly and powerfully. It was so good that from the first chapter I was hanging on her every word. The book is written from the perspectives of two main characters –  Finlay from the orphanage and Honeybee from the boarding school.

One thing I did not like about this book was how the most exciting action in the story came so late in the book. I was more than halfway through when the main action in the story came. But the beginning of the book was still interesting as it introduced the characters and showed their rivalry.

The illustrations by Kelly Canby are simple and look like pencil drawings, but capture a lot of detail and convey the feeling of the book.

Title: The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Illustrator: Kelly Canby
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $22.99
Publication Date: 24 October 2018
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781760297183
For ages: 10 – 14
Type: Middle Grade Fiction