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Saturday 26 December 2020

Review: Toffle Towers: Order in the Court

Chegwin Toffle is the manager of the Toffle Towers hotel. 

It’s not a normal hotel, unless you call being able to check in upside down in magnetic boots normal… or Lolly Rooms are standard in hotels you’ve been to… or gravity-free restaurants are old hat in your opinion.

I guess the other un-normal thing is that Chegwin is a kid, but that doesn’t make him an unskilled, untrained, unknowing manager. 

Except… sometimes Chegwin makes mistakes (he is still learning of course!), and when his arch nemesis Brontessa Braxton tricks him into signing a contract, his mistake could lead to losing the hotel.

But that’s not the only challenge Chegwin is facing in book three of this awesome series. The hotel has also been snowed in, there is a thief on the lose, a mystery guest no one can find and the hotel roof is in danger of caving in.

All in a days work for a hotel manager, but, seriously, how is Chegwin going to solve ALL these problems?

Toffle Towers: Order in the Court is a brilliantly funny and entertaining junior read for kids. It’s for fans of zany, fans of silly and fans of fun. Filled with mysteries galore, humour and a giant cast of brilliant characters, it’s a fast-paced read that keeps you guessing and totally engrossed until the very end. 

Foley’s brilliant illustrations are peppered throughout the book, in all the right places. And Harris delivers some really cool storytelling techniques throughout, including letters, Chegwin’s inner monologue thinkings, text message conversations, letter exchanges and mini comic strips. These things add so much fun to the story and the whole atmosphere of the Toffle Towers world.

Buy this book (and series) for all the kids in your life! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and if you know kids who love mystery, humour, fun and entertainment, they are going to love it too.

Title: Toffle Towers: Order in the Court
Author: Tim Harris
Illustrator: James Foley
Publisher: Puffin, $14.99  
Publication Date: 4 August 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143795445
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Fiction, Middle Grade