The Word On The Street Is...

Sarah Mussi
award-winning children's author - Angel Dust, Siege, Riot and Breakdown.

'Wyckerton is a fascinating read, full of magic, intrigue and dastardly plots. Alfie is a hero in the tradition of all great heroes before him: kind, unassuming and full of stoical courage. I simply loved it.'

Advance Praise From NetGalley Reviewers (forwarded to Publisher):

by Martin Dowden - (Recommends This Book Strongly)

Of course with any book such as this people will immediately start thinking of and making comparisons with Harry Potter, but this isn’t really some kind of rip-off. Although you have people who are magic and those that aren’t this isn’t set in a boarding school, and there are many other differences. If you were to compare this book with J K Rowling’s novels then you could think of something like Diagon Alley, but instead of a street, a whole city.

Eleven year old Alfie begins to wonder why his friend Derek stays over at his house in the summer holidays, and not vice versa, despite the fact that Derek’s parents run a B&B. Alfie has a dream one night when it all seems so clear to him, and when he manages to do a bit of magic himself he is invited to stay at Derek’s home. With Alfie’s father having to go abroad to do some work in China, Alfie is able to stay behind with Derek and his parents, in Wyckerton.

Wyckerton is an old walled city, and it has a secret. Only magic people live in this city, no one who is non-magic can live there, and when these people leave to go home at the end of the day to surrounding villages the city really comes alive. Alfie is taught some spells by Nigel who by day runs a health food shop with his wife, but at night it becomes a potions shop. There are loads of such things that go on in Wyckerton.

When Nigel’s premises are burgled though, and Alfie hears someone talking in an alley, he is convinced that Nigel is in danger of losing his life. With Derek his best friend, and some new friends that he has made, will Alfie be able to protect Nigel from harm?

This is a story that has fun and adventure and is full of magic with some mystery as well. Children of both sexes should enjoy this, especially with the descriptions of the game ‘Manhunt’ that the children play on their broomsticks. In all a fun read that even I as an adult thoroughly enjoyed. 

I was kindly provided with a review copy from the publisher via Netgalley.

By Joan Silvestro (Recommends This Book Strongly)
 '...thoroughly enjoyed this book. Look forward to more.'

By Skyler Thompson

This is my first title from Mr. Newberry and I am glad. If you love fun, magical adventures then this is the book for you.

Reviews From Amazon (with reviewers consent):

A beautiful story meant for those missing Potter! 

5 out of 5

By ErinKatie 27 April 2014   

Format: Paperback                                                                                                                                                        

This story has gripped me from the beginning. Beautifully written and released at a time when children are starting to doubt the wonders of magic. Perfect for a parent to read to their little ones or just enjoy for themselves. Couldn't recommend any more.

5 out of 5
By  Jacqui C 12 May 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I echo the comments of the previous review. A beautifully written book full of magic, mystery and adventure. Bought for my 9 year old niece - who loved it - and equally enjoyed by myself!
A fantastical story!
4 out of 5
 By  Mrs C. A. Collins 9 July 2014
 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wykerton is the magical place, where your imagination could run riot. Alfie is brave and adventurous, a true hero, and it is a wonderful story and I am sure that it will be enjoyed by young and imaginative people.

A fantastic read for any age
5 out of 5  
By  Suzanna Nicholas 25 Aug 2014
Format Kindle Edition - Verified Purchase
This review is from: Friday Nigh't Dream: Wyckerton (Friday Night's Dream Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
A fantastic read for any age. The story had my attention from the start, making it impossible to put down. I enjoyed it just as much as my young son which was great during the holiday period. Hurry up with the next book please, we cannot wait!

Reviews on Waterstones (with reviewers consent):

A great book for my grandchildren!
5 out of 5
By Grummy 4 July 2014
Once I started to read the book I had great difficulty putting it down. I wanted to see what happened next! This would make a great book for pre-teenage children.