Another great series about a girl who can see ghosts is Fiona Dunbar's Kitty Slade. Fire and Roses is the second in the series; the third, Venus Rocks, has just been published. Kitty is now home schooled by her Greek grandmother (events in the first story means that she can't stay at school!) In this story, Kitty and her family are visiting an old family friend. Strange Poltergeist activity at their house leads Kitty to discover that they are under a curse because of their ancestor Sir Ambrose Vyner. Another ghost, John Wilkes, a fellow member of the Hellfire Club (a drinking club that invoked Bacchus and Venus and engaged in various practices designed to shock society) appears to Kitty, and she must solve a mystery to break the curse and ensure her friends can stay in their home. Much of the action of the book takes place in and near the Hellfire Caves in West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, South East England; a great feature of the book is that young readers will learn some of the history and geography of the area alongside enjoying the story.
This book is lighter in tone than Out of the Depths; Fiona Dunbar aims to write stories similar to the Famous Five; I felt it was more like Nancy Drew crossed with Scooby Doo. Very enjoyable.
Out of the Depths I would recommend to 11+, and Fire and Roses to 10+. Two very enjoyable books.
The title of this post is from the Northern Soul classic, R. Dean Taylor's Ghost In My House.
This is an age group I don't know much about and I'm trying to catch up! Your blog looks very useful for helping me do that!ReplyDelete
This does sound a fun read and I always enjoy a lot of historical and geographical info in a book. I have just finished Maureen Johnson's the Name of the Star, an excellent ghost book too!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for commenting! They are both wonderful books, real page-turners.ReplyDelete
Ooooooh. The horrid, horrid part of the internet-- telling me about British books that I can't find on this side of the pond! The MacPhail looks wonderful, and I love Fiona Dunbar. Sigh. At least I am having fun reading your blog!ReplyDelete
I'm always on the look out for really good ghost stories for young readers. Thanks for the recommendations. BTW, your blog is a great resource, and I'm happy to have found it through Comment Challenge.ReplyDelete
I haven’t read either of these, but I will now.ReplyDelete