Dotty and the Chimney Thief

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
245 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2016
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Author Biography

Emma Warner-Reed is a qualified lawyer, academic and legal journalist (that's the boring bit). She is also and award-winning children's author (that's the interesting bit!)

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!

The first book in the award-winning DOTTY series, DOTTY and the Calendar House Key, released in 2015, has received significant acclaim. The book was awarded the Literary Classics Silver Award for children's fantasy fiction, has an exclusively five star rating on Amazon and five star Reader's Favorites review. It also gained the official Seal of Approval from Literary Classics. In addition, the book received Honourable Mentions at the Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam and Paris Book Festival Awards. So it's quite good :o)

The second novel in The DOTTY Series, DOTTY and the Chimney Thief, has also recently been awarded gold by Literary Classics in its category, too and its first Reader's Favorite award - gaining Silver in the pre-teen category.

Please feel free to contact Emma for interviews, quotes or comments about her writing via any of the methods listed on the website. For regular news, reviews and updates on The DOTTY Series, subscribe to the DOTTY mailing list at, or follow Emma on Twitter @emmawarnerreed or Facebook at The Dotty Series.

Look out for Dotty’s third adventure, DOTTY and the Dream Catchers, due out September 2017.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Dotty and the Chimney Thief is a children’s book written by Emma Warner-Reed. Whilst in Skype chat with her best friend, Sylvia, Dotty Parsons is aggrieved to discover that one of her best friends, Joe, has disappeared. In trying to consult with her Great Uncle Winchester (Winny) and Pip – two people who know the Sweep network better than most – Dotty is constantly watched and followed and scrutinized by Winny’s sleazy assistant, Strake, who seems to try to roadblock every move she makes. After it is discovered that the evil Vagabond King is behind Joe’s kidnapping, Dotty realizes that the only person who can lead Dotty to Joe’s whereabouts is an imprisoned chimney thief, Skitter, and he’s not talking until his sister, Sarah, is by his side. Desperate to save her friend, Dotty embarks on a dangerous, yet exciting adventure, with one aim in mind: Find Sarah and convince her to visit Skitter so that he will disclose the Vagabond King’s location. It might all seem simple, but time is not on Dotty's side, as the Sweep’s Council are about to hand down their decision on Skitter’s fate for his crimes.

Emma Warner-Reed’s adventurous tale of young Dotty Parsons is extremely well written, but with so much information to take in, I believe that it is imperative for readers to read the first book in the series, titled Dotty and the Calendar House Key, in order to fully appreciate the story behind all of the characters in the book. Dotty and the Chimney Thief is a story of bravery and strength, with Dotty having to overcome all of her fears and any obstacles which come in the way so that she can save her friend, Joe. With the forces of good working with her, one can easily mistake Dotty’s task as simple. The evil inside the Calendar House, in the form of Strake, however, as well as that within the chimney sweep network, creates obstacles which at times seem insurmountable. I enjoyed the strong message of love and friendship, as Dotty does what she can to bring her friend safely home, and recommend Dotty and the Chimney Thief to readers who love action, humor, dedication and fun in this suspenseful and dramatic adventure.