The Door That Led to Where – Sally Gardner

513xp83ikvl        The Door That Led to Where – Sally Gardner,  Hot Key Books/ Delacorte Press, 9780399549977, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  YA Historical Fiction

What did you like about the book? AJ has enough to contend in his own hopeless, dead-end life without Slim nicking a gangster’s girlfriend and skateboarder Leon, disappearing after his mother’s death. Now he’s got a key with his surname on it that leads to the 19th century. The three lads have to dodge the modern-day while trying to solve a Victorian murder. Really enjoyed this eclectic mix of historical, mystery and fantasy within this interesting story.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The pacing sped up, but it was slow in the beginning. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, and some like Slim and Leon, don’t differ much personality-wise. 

To whom would you recommend this book?  Middle school teens

Who should buy this book? Middle schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Kasia Piasecka, Falmouth Public Library, Falmouth, MA

Date of review: 2/20/17

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