The Peddler’s Road (The Secrets of the Pied Piper, #1)

The Peddler's RoadWritten by Matthew Cody

“It is said that in the thirteenth century in a town called Hamelin, a piper lured all the children away with his magical flute and none of them were ever seen again. Today, tough, pink-haired Max and her little brother Carter, are stuck in modern-day Hamelin with their father…until they are led away by the Piper to a place called the Summer Isle. There they meet the original stolen children, who haven’t aged a day and who have formed their own town, vigilantly guarded from the many nightmarish beings that roam the land. No one knows why the Piper stole them, but Max and Carter’s appearance may be the key to returning the lost children of Hamelin and going home themselves. But to discover the secrets of the Piper, Max and Carter will have to set out on a mysterious quest down the dangerous Peddler’s Road.” -From the publisher

I loved these words so much that trying to say it differently, well I didn’t feel I could give this book justice. I LOVED this story! I read it all in one day! And I have always been fascinated by the story of the Pied Piper. The characters are so vividly described in appearance and personality. (Max and Carter reminded me of my oldest granddaughter and grandson.) I could picture the fictional Summer Isle in my mind with all its amazing places and characters, both heroic and sinister. The story is outstanding, paced so that the adventure never stops, and there are twists and surprises to keep you reading “one more chapter” to find out what happens next. I also loved how the characters learn traits about themselves and their companions, to form a strong, trusting bond of friendship. The Peddler’s Road is Book 1 in The Secrets of the Pied Piper Trilogy. This was an advanced reader’s copy and the book does not come out until October. Bravo to Matthew Cody but please write quickly because I just can’t wait until Book 2!

Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6 or anyone who loves fairy tales

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The Peddler’s Road (The Secrets of the Pied Piper, #1)
Written by Matthew Cody
Alfred A. Knopf
368 pages
Expected Release Date: October 27, 2015

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5 thoughts on “The Peddler’s Road (The Secrets of the Pied Piper, #1)”

  1. Giveaway Alert! 5/9/2017: We have a copy of this book to give away to a school library, teacher, or student in Granite School District. The first to leave a short comment below with your name will win the book, as long as you haven’t already won a book from us this week. Thanks for looking!

  2. Christine Fotheringham

    Okay Renee, tell us how you really feel. ;) Such a glowing review – how could you not want to read this book? And the cover is fantastic. I will definitely put this one on my “to buy” list as my students love a good fairy tale gone novel.

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