The Chestertons and the Golden Key

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Summer vacation turns into an adventure for the three Nicholl sisters when Mr. Gilbert Chesterton and his wife Frances come to town!

Eleven-year-old Clare hopes to write a detective story. Eight-year-old Cece wants to be a champion roller-skater. And ten-year-old Joan just wants to learn how to play the locked piano in the family living room. But as they befriend the Chestertons, skating accidents, surprising friendships, puppet shows, and mystery-solving ensue!

Don't miss this charming children's tale that stars one of the greatest writers of the 20th century in a truly delightful and exciting text perfect for young kids who love to read and learn.

Nancy Carpentier Brown
Ann Kissane Engelhart
TAN Books
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4 Reviews

  • 4

    Posted by Terry lanigan on Jul 12th 2023

    Fun read for 3-5 graders.

  • 4
    Beautifully Illustrated

    Posted by Patricia B. on May 24th 2023

    I purchased this book when it was available as a Five Dollar book. I am always looking for books which may encourage my grandchildren to read. The cover and the illustrations in the book are absolutely gorgeous. I loved looking at all of the details from the faces to the beveled windows and the scrolling around the stage. However, the borders around every page felt confusing. The opening of the story seemed unrealistic until I read the endnotes. It speaks of a very different time in our history, and of a very well read 11-year old. My favorite part, besides the illustrations, involved Chesterton;s pen, glasses, cloak, hat, the secret hidden in his cane, and the pillow! The book made me want to read more about Chesterton and his very sweet wife Frances.

  • 4
    I thought it alright but ...

    Posted by Ava C. on Jul 10th 2022

    my 6 year old liked it so much that she;s read it twice on her own. : )

  • 5
    Makes a Great Beach Read!

    Posted by Mary P. on Apr 28th 2022

    Loved it! A beautiful story about a loving Catholic family and how to overcome the death of a loved one. We especially loved the oceanside setting. Perfect for a beach read over the Summer.