The Midnighters by Hana Tooke | Book Review

The Midnighters by Hana Tooke

The Midnighters by Hana Tooke
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2022
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Historical
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Source: Times Read
Rating: 4.5⭐

Ema Vašková is the twelfth child in her family, born on the twelfth day, of the twelfth month, at the very moment Prague's Astronomical Clock strikes twelve. Right from the start, it is clear that Ema is not an ordinary child. But when her behaviour gets altogether too strange, Ema's parents decide enough is enough, and she is sent to live with her eccentric bicycle-making Uncle Josef.

It is here that Ema meets her very first friend. Silvie is a girl who befriends colonies of bats, trawls treasures from the river, cartwheels down the Hunger Wall, and has but one firm rule: adventures are best served with a drizzle of moonlight and a sprinkling of stars, at midnight.

So when Silvie goes missing, Ema is determined to find her. Even if that means facing her fear of ghosts and infiltrating an alluringly peculiar secret society known as The Midnight Guild . . .


The hardcover is magnificent! I love the illustrations, both on the book cover and the dusk jacket. It's so beautiful that I can't stop admiring it. The Midnighters is a story that follows Ema, who was born into a family of scientists with various fields of expertise, from her parents to her siblings. She is the twelfth born child, and she has to find her own special scientific ability. Ema always feels like she is the odd one in the family, and she finds that she has different passions from her family. She was dismissed by the headmistress to enter the school because the headmistress could not accept her intuition and read people's faces as a scientific ability. Her parents have to go on a research expedition, so she has been sent to stay with her uncle in Prague. There she meets Sylvie, and they become best friends. However, one day, Sylvie went missing, and therefore, Ema went on an adventure to rescue Sylvie. In which she discovers a mysterious organisation with magical abilities.

I am enticed by the whole plot, especially the mysterious organization, the Midnight Guild, and I am excited to explore, go on a rescue mission, and uncover the truth together with Ema. Ema's ability is special; her intuition is always accurate. I love how she never gives up with her ability to be strong and not be afraid to try. Sylvie really matched as a good friend of hers as they shared the same traits, although with different characteristics. The Midnighters has a fascinating plot with a magical, imaginative, and whimiscal story. As you go deeper into the story, your curiosity grows. It's truly unputdownable, and it's a lot of fun to read! When the story adds the murder mystery, it becomes even more intriguing. Hana Tooke has written a wonderful story that makes you wonder who has dunit.