Dotty and the Calendar House Key

Volume 1: The Dotty Series

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
224 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2016
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Author Biography

Emma Warner-Reed is a qualified lawyer, academic, author and legal journalist. Emma has a regular legal column in Woman’s Weekly magazine, and has written a number of legal textbooks for academic publishers, including Pearson Longman and Routledge.

Emma lives in a rural setting on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales with her husband, four small children and a plethora of animals, some of whom are more domesticated than others!

DOTTY and the Calendar House Key is Emma’s debut work of fiction and the first novel in The DOTTY series. To date the book has received significant acclaim, including an exclusively five star rating on Amazon, the Literary Classics official Seal of Approval and a silver award in the 2016 Literary Classics Awards and Honourable Mentions at the Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam and New York Book Festival Awards.

The second book in the series, entitled DOTTY and the Chimney Thief, is due to be released autumn 2016.

Please feel free to contact Emma for interviews, quotes or comments about her writing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Dotty and the Calendar House Key is the first book in The Dotty Series by Emma Warner-Reed. Rushing home as fast as she can, nine-year-old Dotty Parsons and her best friend, Sylvia, are eager to watch the fireworks display in Dotty’s back yard. Tragedy strikes, however, when both of Dotty’s parents and her two dogs, Chip and Pin, perish after the house becomes an inferno when a stray firework makes its way inside. Dotty is sent to live with her Great-Uncle Winchester in Yorkshire, who lives inside a mansion with 365 windows, known as the Calendar House, which was also Dotty’s mother’s childhood home. The cook and nursemaid, Mrs. Gobbins, acts as a mother figure in Dotty’s life, while her uncle’s secretary, Mr. Strake, strikes fear into Dotty every time she sets eyes on him. Dotty often hears noises coming from the chimneys of the mansion. At first, she believes it to be birds making their nests, but what Dotty finds is far more incredible and exciting than she could ever have imagined. Dotty’s only task now is to find the location of a special trinket – the Calendar House Key – not realizing that the secret of its magic lies within her.

What started out as a tragedy soon turns into a magical adventure which warms the heart. Emma Warner-Reed’s imagination is very impressive, with Dotty and the Calendar House Key kicking off a series which I am determined to add to my home library. Every single emotion is stimulated in this book, be it sorrow, joy, fear, relief, excitement, or wariness of the unknown. Dotty’s mother’s playroom is filled with its own adventures and reveals a few mysteries which Dotty is determined to solve. The fact that her mother’s childhood toys make Dotty feel closer to her mother is both sad and reassuring. Dotty’s bond with her Great-Uncle Winchester is unique and rather fun, as is her connection with his dog, which seems constantly out of favor with Mrs. Gobbins for trying to eat everything in her kitchen. I thoroughly enjoyed Dotty and the Calendar House Key and recommend it to young readers who enjoy adventure, humor, mystery, and unexpected friendships in this magical fantasy.

Emma Warner-Reed

Absolutely delighted to have been given a 5* review by Readers' Favorite. Thank you! I do hope you will enjoy reading the second book in the series, DOTTY and the Chimney Thief, when it comes out in the Autumn :O)

Emily castro

After this book I'm hooked. It's a good read about loss, mysterious fantasy and a little girl who finds herself in a house with her uncle introduced to a world and people she never thought exists.