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Title: Childish Spirits
Author: Rob Keeley
Date of Publication: April 20th, 2014
Having started by reading ‘The Spirit of London‘ , the second book in the Spirits series, I couldn’t resist when I was offered the opportunity to read the first – and third – books, too, and I’m so glad I have.
Following the break up of their parents’ marriage, Ellie and Charlie move into a flat within Inchwood, a historic house which is being prepared by their Mum and other employees of Journeyback. ready to be opened to the public. On arrival at the house, Ellie spies a boy looking out of an upstairs window – yet no one else sees him and others say that there is no one living in the house . . . . Ellie discovers that the window where she saw the boy is that of the Nursery and the boy is a mischievous Victorian child ghost, Edward. As she uncovers his identity and history, the two need to work together to help keep them both safe. Read it yourself to discover priest holes, hidden secret passages, more ghostly presences and just why Ellie is the only one who can help save Edward from a dangerous adversity.
This is the first book in the series and. like the second, involves Ellie in working to solve a ghostly mystery. It is written with a target audience of eight to twelve year olds, it is still a great read for adults, too. The language is highly appropriate to readers of that age, the daring escapades will appeal to them and I know many children of this age will love escaping into this story. With Ellie as the main female character and Edward as the main male one, this story is likely to appeal to both genders and could easily be used in classes to inspire, motivate and encourage children to enjoy reading. It has well developed characters, a fast pace and is a great introductory novel in this superb series, complete with plenty of danger to keep readers reading, wanting to know what happens next. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to children and adults alike – and for teachers to utilise with their pupils.
Thanks to the author and publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
When Ellie and her family move into Inchwood Manor, Ellie quickly discovers strange things are happening. Who is the mysterious boy at the window? What secrets lie within the abandoned nursery? Who is the woman who haunts Ellie’s dreams – and why has she returned to the Manor, after more than a century? Ellie finds herself entangled in a Victorian mystery of ghosts and tunnels and secret documents – and discovers that life all those years ago isn’t so different from the world she knows today…Rob Keeley’s first novel for children brings out all the ingredients of the classic ghost story within a recognisable modern world setting. Readers of his short story collections for children will find in Childish Spirits the elements which made his past books such a success – strong and contemporary characters, inventive twists on traditional themes, and a winning combination of action, suspense and humour.
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Click on ‘The Spirit of London‘ to read my review of the second book in this series.