Emilie & the Hollow World and I thought both of them were great fun to read. If you are interested you should get both before the Strange Chemistry books all disappear.
So for Book Beginnings on Friday, hosted by Rose City Reader here we go, picking up from the end of the last book ...
Emilie took a deep breath and knocked on the door.
Twilight had fallen, and the quiet street smelled strongly of dinner. Karthea's house, like all the others, had a chunky stone façade and wood-framed windows with cheerful curtains and potted flowers on the stoop. The gas lamp on the corner had already been lit, glowing brightly in the failing daylight.
There was no answer immediately and Emilie began to wonder if Karthea had closed the school temporarily and gone on some journey. If so, it was less of a disaster than it would have been a fortnight ago.
And of course I am sitting here with my digital copy (I have a paper copy at home too), it doesn't have real page numbers and I don't want to do the 56% mark - way too deep into spoiler territory! - so for The Friday 56 hosted at Freda's Voice here is the, um 5.6% mark :) Well actually the start of Chapter 2 ...
Late that afternoon, Emilie, Daniel and Professor Abindon boarded the fast steamer for Meneport. Daniel thought that they would arrive perhaps half a day behind the Marlendes.
In a highly agitated conversation that morning, Daniel had convinced the professor that they could reach the Marlendes more quickly by going directly to Meneport themselves. Daniel had pointed out that the Marlendes were likely to spend all day at the shipyards with the damaged airship. And Emilie had thought, though she didn't say it aloud, that if Miss Marlende had been ignoring the professor's wires, she wasn't likely to bring them immediately to her father's attention once they reached their home again. Obviously, there was some sort of disagreement or sore point between Professor Abindon and Miss Marlende.
And because I am going through withdraw - here is a gratuitous picture of a gigantic Airship - Castle Wulfenbach from Girl Genius ...
Which really has nothing to do with the book, other than the whole airship steampunky thing but it looks cool anyhow.