A Place Called Perfect
Helena Duggan


Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?

Violet quickly discovers there's something weird going on in the town - she keeps hearing voices, her mam is acting strange and her dad has disappeared.

When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have vanished... and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!

Your reviews

Chloe W, 9
A Place Called Perfect tells the story of young Violet, daughter of extremely intelligent Doctor Eugene Brown, who gets called into an unknown town for 'emergency eye problems', leaving the family no choice but to move house to an entirely new location. But when the new family arrive at their destination, and are greeted by seemingly friendly brothers who are famous in the local area, things take a turn for the worse.

I really enjoyed A Place Called Perfect, because it really showed what could happen if you worked as a team, a strong bond between others. Also, family and new adventures were other key parts in this tale. Personally, I would rate this book four stars, and recommend it to any eager reader between the ages of 9 and 12.
Clare Wilkins,
Everything in Perfect is, well, ...perfect. Everybody is kind and friendly, amenities work, buildings are clean and well-maintained and a hazy shimmer seems to gloss everyday life. But the residents of Perfect, the Perfectionists, are all blind. Physically, they all sport glasses provided by the seemingly altruistic Archer brothers, George and Edward. Mentally they have been robbed of their imaginations and now exist in a banal, trance-like state. But Violet Brown is not so easily turned and together with her new friend, Boy, she starts to unravel the sinister secrets of Perfect and neighbouring No Man's Land. Stealthily working to find the motives of the evil Archers, Violet and Boy come across all manner of surprises including supposedly dead citizens and macabre patches of growing eyeballs. Piecing together the sordid tale, Violet, Boy and a growing army of No Man's Landers plot a breath-taking and dangerous rebellion. Far more sinister than its cover might suggest, this is an enthralling read. Violet is a brilliant and lively heroine and Boy, the ultimate urchin hero. There are plenty of well-formed characters and a plot that bubbles and boils to a thrilling climax. Brilliantly set-up for a sequel this is a quirky, creepy and beautifully written book. 364 pages / Ages 10+ / Reviewed by Clare Wilkins, school librarian.
Emily Hunt, 10
I loved this book because it is super mysterious and you can't guess what is going to happen. When Violet moves to Perfect weird things start to happen; everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind. What are the Archer brothers - who run Perfect - hiding?
Max Bavington, 11
I liked the plot of the story (which I thought was very clever) and the mystery behind what is happening in perfect. It made me think... why is Perfect so perfect? What are the archers doing? And why does everyone wear glasses? Altogether I thought this book was a great read with an amazing plot!

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