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The first book in Holly Webb’s darkly magical series for readers aged 9 and up – join the 85,000 readers who have fallen in love with Rose’s world!

The grand residence of the famous alchemist, Mr Fountain, is a world away from the dark orphanage Rose has left behind. For the house is positively overflowing with magic – she can feel it. And it’s not long before Rose realises that maybe, just maybe, she has a little bit of magic in her, too . . .

But when orphans begin mysteriously disappearing, Rose knows there’s something dark at work and her magic will be put to the test. Can she find the missing children before it’s too late?

If you love Araminta Spook, Harry Potter and Lemony Snickett, the Rose books are perfect for you!

Discover more by Holly Webb with her Lily and Magical Venice series – also filled with magical adventures.


A skilfully spun, spell-binding mystery that will catch you up in a web of wonder.
Junior Education Plus
Warm and sparkling and magical and fun.
Hilary McKay
A promising new series... that succeeds in creating a book as satisfying and familiar as a cup of hot cocoa.
Shelf Awareness
Suspenseful and funny and full of colorful characters.
Buffalo News (USA)
Imaginative, clever and beguiling.
El Paso Times (USA)
Intrigue and adventure... a mix of magic and history with a dash of darkness.
Bulleting of the Center of Children's Books
Mesmerizing, charming... one of those pure unqualified delights that I dearly hope folks will read.
School Library Journal