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Title: The Spirit of London
Author: Rob Keeley
Date of Publication: July 28th, 2015
This is the second book in the Spirits series and I haven’t read the first one, ‘Childish Spirits’ (yet!) but there is enough background to ensure readers can still enjoy this amazingly different, enthralling read!
Moving to a new flat in London with her mother and brother, Ellie receives ghostly messages asking her to help but she’s unsure who is sending them or how she can assist them. Her mother is working, leaving the siblings to look after each other but something is wrong. Her parents’ impending divorce suddenly seems to be having more impact on her Mum and her Dad wants written evidence. What with all this, you’d think it would be enough, but no, when Ellie visits her Mum’s new workplace, 47 Foster Square, the ghosts get to work again. Can Ellie uncover what is happening and why? Can she keep herself and her family safe? Just what is going on – and why won’t Edward (who she apparently helped in the first novel) support and assist her?
This is a great ghostly mystery story for children, giving a glimpse into Georgian times, slavery and the attitudes to mixed race families in that era. Although it is written with eight to twelve year olds in mind it is still thoroughly enjoyable for adults, too. I can think of many of my ex pupils to whom this book would really appeal. Although the main character is female, the nature of the story and action will also appeal to boys. I could also envisage teachers using it as a class reader or sharing excerpts as part of literacy lessons.
A story with well developed characters, an intriguing mystery to solve, danger and peril as well as ghosts, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this as a highly entertaining read for children and adults alike, a real page turner!
Thanks to the publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
On returning to London, Ellie investigates the mystery surrounding 47 Foster Square. Who is the sender of ghostly messages asking her for help? What is the secret of the Meadowes family? And what does Edward know about all this?
With her parents about to divorce, and her Mum acting very strangely, Ellie quickly discovers that a sinister force lies between her and the truth…
The Spirit of London is the second instalment in the thrilling and suspenseful ‘Spirits’ series and follows the success of The People’s Book Prize-nominated Childish Spirits. It focuses on slavery and a mixed-race family in Georgian times. Ellie finds herself facing a very dangerous foe and will need all her courage and humanity to get her through. The Spirit of London also sets up a story arc that will continue into future books in the series. The book will appeal to girls and boys of upper primary and lower secondary age – and to parents and teachers reading the book aloud!
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