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Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery
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Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery
Five orphans. Two sword-wielding vigilantes. One mansion. No rules. April thought she had her happy ending. After all, she has her new house and new friends and new guardian. But she also has a very...
Five orphans. Two sword-wielding vigilantes. One mansion. No rules. April thought she had her happy ending. After all, she has her new house and new friends and new guardian. But she also has a very...
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  • Five orphans. Two sword-wielding vigilantes. One mansion. No rules.
    April thought she had her happy ending. After all, she has her new house and new friends and new guardian. But she also has a very big new secret.
    The kids of Winterborne House are the only ones who know that Gabriel Winterborne—famous billionaire and terrible cook—is really a sword-wielding vigilante.
    What they don't know is that he's not the only one.
    When a masked figure breaks in, looking for something—or someone—it's clear that Gabriel has met his match, and now no one is safe. April and her friends will have to solve a decades-old mystery in order to hang on to the most important thing in the world: each other.

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  • Ally Carter writes books about spies, thieves, and diplomats. She is the New York Times bestselling author of series Heist Society, Gallagher Girls, Embassy Row, and standalone Not If I Save You First. She lives in Oklahoma. AllyCarter.com. Twitter: @OfficiallyAlly. Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr: @theallycarter.

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  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2021
    With Evert in jail, life at Winterborne House feels safe to the parentless children and Gabriel, their informal guardian-cum-superhero; then social worker Gladys Pitts makes a surprise visit. Unmoved by Sadie's inventions or Colin's improvisations, Ms. Pitts is unimpressed. With Smithers and Izzy away, housekeeping is haphazard, and Violet's outgrown her clothes. School isn't happening either. Ms. Pitts leaves, promising to return. Later, April spots Gabriel, in Sentinel attire, leaving the hidden chamber where generations of crime-fighting Winterbornes have guarded the Sentinel's identity, following him to a costume party packed with Sentinel-attired attendees. After April accidentally, and spectacularly, discloses their presence, Gabriel, furious, returns the children to Winterborne House, where the lights are out and an attack or search appears underway by someone in Sentinel garb. Combat ensues between Gabriel and the Fake Sentinel. Wounded, Gabriel disappears. Then Ms. Pitts returns. During the children's search for Gabriel and flights from the mysterious adults that dominate the narrative, April ponders the meaning of family, concluding that their sibling bond trumps biological ties to relatives who abandoned, neglected, or abused them. Gabriel--orphaned by tragedy--is the cherished heart of their found family. Clouding this message, the hectic plot largely turns on desperate searches for and by long-lost birth relatives whose motives vary. Characters default to White. Fans of cliffhanger escapes, captures, recaptures, and surprise revelations are well served. (Mystery. 9-13)

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  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2021

    Gr 4-8-Sometimes when wishes come true, they completely miss the mark. April's life at Winterborne House has flip-flopped from a well-oiled machine with a schedule of homeschool classes, planned meals, and complete organization into wild, chaotic days with little supervision. With Smithers, the household charge, and Ms. Nelson, the children's caretaker, away, the orphans are left with the recluse Gabriel-then he mysteriously vanishes, and the chaos turns to real danger. April and her orphan squad quickly work to connect clues, yet new characters and peril abound. April's dreams seemingly come true when she comes face-to-face with her biological mother and father, yet both are manipulative and potentially perilous. In the end, she must determine whom to trust, which will change her life's path. Carter's novel continuously opens new doors, creating not just twists but a snarled maze of intrigue. This second installment is in keeping with the first book, yet serious danger and deep plot jumps establish a more complex and mature tone. Tween sleuths' minds will race as Carter masterfully elongates the rising plot with action and explosive new information. The pacing fluctuates smoothly between swift drama and April's inner monologue. April's mindset is authentic and engaging, which will resonate with young readers. A complex female protagonist, April displays independence and moxie yet questions herself and her value. April is white, while her cast of quirky characters and friends are described as having various skin tones. VERDICT Highly recommended as a twisting tween thriller, filled with budding friendships and a journey to self-discovery.-Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis Sch., Salt Lake City

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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    April 9, 2021
    It's been weeks since their caretakers departed the Winterborne mansion, leaving orphans April, Sadie, Violet, Colin, and Tim in the hands of Gabriel Winterborne, the reclusive, long-believed-dead millionaire who owns the estate that houses their school. Gabriel secretly is The Sentinel, a Batman-like vigilante superhero, and--naturally--is not the most present in his role as guardian. The kids would be content to scrape by on their own, but a social worker is nosing around just when Gabriel suddenly goes missing. April leads the charge to track Gabriel down, but in the process, the mysteries deepen about Gabriel as well as about April's own family--a question about her life she'd long given up on finding an answer for. April's first-person narrative is particularly strong when she explores her fears of abandonment. But Carter doesn't skimp on the action, packing her plot with plenty of twists, propulsive chases, unsettling villains, secret passageways, and some very real danger. Knowledge of the first book (Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor, 2020) is important, but kids enamored by espionage, secret identities, and superhero stories will get a kick out of this nevertheless.

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