Wormwood Mire

Wormwood Mire This spine tingling sequel to Withering by Sea sees Stella sent away to the moldering old family estate where she discovers two odd cousins and a mystery Eleven year old Stella Montgomery has always

  • Title: Wormwood Mire
  • Author: Judith Rossell
  • ISBN: 9781481443708
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This spine tingling sequel to Withering by Sea sees Stella sent away to the moldering old family estate, where she discovers two odd cousins and a mystery.Eleven year old Stella Montgomery has always wondered about her family What happened to her mother And could she have a long lost sister somewhere Stella s awful Aunts refuse to tell her anything, and now they have seThis spine tingling sequel to Withering by Sea sees Stella sent away to the moldering old family estate, where she discovers two odd cousins and a mystery.Eleven year old Stella Montgomery has always wondered about her family What happened to her mother And could she have a long lost sister somewhere Stella s awful Aunts refuse to tell her anything, and now they have sent her Stella away to the old family home at Wormwood Mire, where she must live with two strange cousins and their governess.But dark secrets slither and skulk within overgrown grounds of the moldering house, and Stella must be brave if she s to find out who or what she really is

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    • QNPoohBear says:

      After Stella's wild adventure, she is determined to get some answers from her aunts about her past. The Aunts are furious with Stella and refuse to answer questions. Instead, they pack her off to stay with her cousins and their governess at Wormwood Mire, the Montgomery family's ancestral home. Armed with a book of moral tales about naughty children, Stella is left to face her fate alone. She discovers a mysterious village where people are afraid to go out after dark and an old, crumbling manor [...]

    • Brona's Books says:

      Wormwood Mire is even more beautifully presented than Withering-by-Sea.The green ink font and illustrations generously scattered throughout the book make this a visual feast as well as a glorious, mysterious and slightly magical read.I was entranced with the new story from page one.Chapter One reveals a rather Harry Potteresque illustration of Stella sitting in a railway carriage by herself staring forlornly out the window. She has been banished from her aunts for her 'bad behaviour' at the end [...]

    • Beth E says:

      I liked this first book better than the first one in the series. It has a more cheerful tone and a possible better future for Stella.However, the climax of the book, to my mind, was very similar to that of the first book.

    • Erin says:

      I enjoyed Withering-by-Sea, but loved Wormwood Mire even better! It's a little more hopeful, the pace is wonderful (and even gripping), and I love where this story is going! The new characters introduced are engaging and interesting, and I can't wait to read what happens next in the series! :)

    • Amber says:

      Once again Judith Rossell has created a beautiful and immersive adventure.Stella is a great character, she is brave, curious and considerate. I loved her in the first book and now in the sequel she is just as endearing. She has new companions to help her along who are also very lovable. Not only is the story beautifully written, but the book itself is lovely with great cover art and illustrations throughout.I would definitely recommend this book. Great for kids and adults who love mystery and ad [...]

    • Dorine White says:

      Stella Montgomery lives with her three aunts in the Hotel Majestic. They are raising her to be a proper young lady, not someone who wishes for and participates in adventures. When a letter arrives from their cousin Frederick in which he tells them that he is sending his own children to the family estate, Wormwood Mire, and would love for Stella to attend with her cousins, they bundle her off with a suitcase and a book, A Garden of Lilies: Improving Tales for young Minds.Stella is thrilled to get [...]

    • Lisa says:

      11-year-old Stella has left Withering-by-Sea to meet her young cousins at Wormwood Mire, to be educated along with them by their governess. But Wormwood Mire is an odd place - Wilburforce Montgomery - their great great grandfather built it to house his exotic collection of plants and animals. Now it’s very run down and mysterious. With only a governess, gardener and a cook, the children have a lot of time to explore. Stella is still wondering about who she is, and the photograph she found (in [...]

    • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book* says:

      Review cross-posted from reviewer’s personal accountRossell, Judith Wormwood Mire, 281 pgs. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster) 2016. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0”f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. (Peril)11-year-old Stella has left Withering-by-Sea to meet her young cousins at Wormwood Mire, to be educated along with them by their governess. But Wormwood Mire is an odd place - Wilburforce Nice and spooky - this 19th century story (set in Australia) has all the [...]

    • Hazel Edwards says:

      Hadn't read the first book but love Jude Rossell's writing. This is an atmospheric book with lots of old style adventurous details for readers ten plus up to adult. A bit slow starting but I advise younger readers to keep going. It gains momentum and the twists toward the end are involving. Lots of scientific and quirky historical details included. Great to have an inventive boy cousin like Strideforth tackling plumbing and heating systems. Can imagine a film with these absurdly named characters [...]

    • Ariel says:

      This sequel to Withering by Sea has a Gothic flavor. Stella, the orphan with unusual powers from the first book, comes to live in a dark disused mansion with her unknown cousins, who turn out to be nice. The house is the site of the only photo she has of her mother, herself and a twin sister who vanished long ago. There is a monster rumored to inhabit the lake. The villain in this book is a traveling dentist with a sinister pair of pliers and his own sideshow. I didn't like it quite as much as t [...]

    • Leah says:

      I liked this more than the previous book and am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. The magic and creatures were interesting. I even liked the ghost story. Also, I liked the characters. The MC was just as likeable in this book, and I liked her cousins, too. The old house mentioned in the first book was also interesting, more than I thought it would be. Also, it was nice to get some answers in this book, and enough was left open to make the next book intriguing.

    • Jaybella says:

      This book ( Wormwood Mire) is so good especially reading the first book of this series "Withering by sea." I love all the action and drama which isn't to scary. And I love the sad twist to the end these series are the best books I've ever read!!!!!

    • Magi Wren says:

      Such a fun and fast-paced book. The ending was kind of a let down after so much suspense throughout the book. Overall pretty good!

    • Chris says:

      I absolutely love these books. I hope she writes many more!

    • Tahlia Murden says:

      Very good book for young readers

    • Ailish says:

      A wonderful sequel to Withering-By-Sea. I loved reading it.

    • Clarissa says:

      A fun gothic children’s adventure in Victorian England.

    • Elizabeth Lindgren says:

      I absolutely loved Withering-by-Sea. However, I couldn't get into the sequel WormWood Mire. I wish Stella had taken a more active role in the book, and I had a hard time following the story line.

    • Sherry Mackay says:

      I hope there's a third book. What a great character Stella is, and how brave she is. I love the twists in the story and the surprise near the end. Lots to please everybody here. Monsters lurking; evil men ready to kill you - What more could you want? Love the beautiful green ink illustrations by the author too.

    • Tessa Joy says:

      After Stella’s harrowing adventures at Withering-by-Sea, her rich aunts banish her to the dilapidated family estate, Wormwood Mire. Stella is joined there by two foreign cousins, Strideforth and Hortense, and a governess. Stella soon realizes she lived at Wormwood as a baby with her mother and twin sister. But something happened there that made Stella lose them both. The second book to Rossell’s illustrated series starts off as a quietly foreboding tale as Stella begins her new life at Wormw [...]

    • Bruce Gargoyle says:

      I received a copy of this title from HarperCollins Australia for review.Ten Second Synopsis:Stella is sent to live with her cousins at Wormwood Mire, the crumbling estate of an adventuring ancestor. While there she discovers some important things about her mother - and some dangers lurking in the house's past.I really don’t think that one has to have read the first book in the series in order to fully appreciate this one. I found Wormwood Mire to be a much more intriguing and multi-layered sto [...]

    • Munro's Kids says:

      Just finished the ARC for this book, it's due out in the summer. This felt much more complete and satisfying as a story! Same plucky heroine, banished to a mysterious country house, with unknown cousins, and a chance to solve more of her personal mystery. It's unusual for me to like a sequel more than the first book, but that is what happened with the Stella series. The first book definitely functions as a set up, and the second book can almost stand alone. There is definitely room for more, so [...]

    • Sasha says:

      The second book in the Stella Montgomery series by Aussie author Judith Rossell is slow to start. Very slow. It wouldn't surprise me if a few readers didn't make it through this one. It isn't even bad writing there is just too much description of Stella's new surroundings without much action at all for the first 1/3 of the book. Having said that, for those who do manage to make it to the half-way point the action picks up and it manages to get off to a rollicking fast paced finish. After her adv [...]

    • Amy says:

      Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series I couldn't wait to devour Wormwood Mire. Although it started with great promise, about a third of the way in the book took a very strange turn in my opinion, and went from being a delightful, light-hearted romp (much like Withering-by-Sea), into a dark, confusing, almost supernatural/fantasy style affair. At the end I was left confused, and with a feeling of a dissatisfaction and unease. Having said that, Rossell still managed to capture the [...]

    • Dallass says:

      What can I say, I adored this follow-up to Withering-By-Sea. Set not long after the adventures of the first book, Stella is off on a new adventure when her rather stingy, strict and sticklers of all things proper aunts send her off to Wormwood Mire, the previously uninhabited family estate, to join her cousins and their governess, to be educated.Stella is delightful, and her cousins are both extraordinary in their own ways. The house if full of surprises - including clues as to Stella's long los [...]

    • Kelly Callaghan says:

      The sequel to Withering-the-Sea this book takes up the story of Stella Montgomery. Following her last adventure the Aunts are furious, worse than they've ever been. They receive a letter inviting Stella to the old house Wormwood Mire to study with her cousins. This begins Stella's new adventure.This has become a gothic horror tale of strange people, plants and animals with the odd shyster thrown in.

    • Sharni says:

      What a gorgeous book! I loved finding out more about Stella's past as she looks for answers that nobody seems willing to give her - all she has to go in is a old photograph. Wormwood Mire was an amazing setting (although I did miss the Hotel Majestic a little as well as all the friends that Stella made in the first book). The illustrations are divine, the closer you look the more details you see. Looking forward to more!

    • Rebecca says:

      An intriguing story full of old world charm, a rambling mansion, and curious children.I read 'Wormwood Mire' aloud to my daughter and for the first third of the book wondered where there story was going. Intrigue soon set in and we read the second half of the book in one sitting.If you enjoyed 'Withering by Sea' you will definitely enjoy 'Wormwood Mire.'

    • Megan Higginson says:

      I loved this book. Wow! What is twist at the end. I did not see that coming.

    • Abbey says:

      A brilliant follow up to Withering-by-Sea. Beautifully written and presented, one of my favourite children's novels to date. Hoping there will be another in the series. Strideforth is a delight ❤️ This would make a fantastic film.

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