Review: The Ugly Teapot: Book One: Hannah by Fred Holmes


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Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.

To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.

Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.

She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.

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Hannah and her father were incredibly close. He was her hero, and when he passed away, she didn’t know how she would survive. Lost and defeated, she discovers a teapot that her father gave her. She is then sweeped away into a magical adventure.

Hannah was such a sweet and brave girl. I really felt for her. She loved her father so much, and would do anything for him. I didn’t think I would enjoy reading a middle grade story, but I’m glad that this book proved me wrong.

This book is full of touching scenes, and it made me shed tears. I’m extremely close with my parents, so I could really relate to Hannah.

I’ll be here for Hannah’s next adventure!


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