The Various

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By Louise (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · December 29, 2009
I'm not a huge fan of fairies, elves and other critters of that nature. But I am a fan of great writing, strong atmosphere, great characters and dialogue, and this book has all of that in spades. When Midge goes to her uncle's farm in Somerset for the summer and first encounters the fields and ta... ...more
By Jennifer (Bloomington, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · November 04, 2012
Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

Twelve-year-old Midge has been sent to stay with her Uncle Brian at Mill Farm while her musician mother goes on tour.

Though she's not sure what to expect, Midge never dreamed of the adventures she'd encounter at the farm. She stumbles upon an injured... ...more
By Anne (Birsay, C3, The United Kingdom) · February 21, 2011
Such a disappointment: I enjoyed The Various so much and looked forward to the next installment. I read Celandine a first time, but didn't want to be too judgemental after a once over. So I read it again - and what a let down. Don't get me wrong, I can't fault the eloquent poetry of the language,... ...more
By Victoria (Barry, Z3, The United Kingdom) · ★☆☆☆☆ · December 29, 2012
I barely got passed page 60 and I struggled to read my (personally) required 10%.

The idea, from what I can gather, is a good one and I like faerie stories normally but the opening to this is just too slow for me and I couldn't care less about the characters. The descriptions are long-winded and... ...more
By Carnelian (Karlsruhe, 01, Germany) · ★★★★★ · November 25, 2014
I LOVED this book! It has all the ingredients of my favourite childhood books - perfectly ordinary girl stumbles on something extraordinary and has an adventure. Midge (whose real name is Margaret) is a believable character and I liked her a lot. I especially liked that, when she was in danger, s... ...more
By Laura · ★★★★☆ · February 27, 2015
This was wonderful! I can not wait to read the sequels and I also know I'll have to reread this at some point, as I feel like I forgot about a few seeds Steve Augarde planted earlier in story, and only picked up again at the very end.

Anyway, this is slightly reminiscent of the Spiderwick Chronicl... ...more
By Kimberly (Durham, NC) · ★★★★★ · February 04, 2009
When Midge's mother goes on a tour with the London Philharmonic, she sends Midge to Mill Farm to stay with her Uncle Brian. There, Midge finds an injured flying horse named Pegs. As she helps Pegs, she is drawn into a world of small and magical people called "The Various." The Various live in the... ...more