Title: Childish Spirits
Author: Rob Keeley
Genre: Horror, ghost, children’s fiction
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Pages: 160 pages
Publication Date: July 2014
My Rating: 4/5
I’m currently flying through this series and have already finished the first two books in a day. Really enjoying this series which has certainly has brilliant character development. Reviews will be coming shortly, here’s my first!
A huge thank you to my wonderful Mum for letting me borrow this series! Thank you also to the author and publishers for gifting her a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I hope you don’t mind my reviews too!
Ellie along with her Mum and elder brother Charlie have moved into Inchwood Manor. The move is a result of her Mum’s new job as she is now in change restoring the building to its former glory. There is a great deal of restoration needed in order to return the building to a beautiful state and sometimes there are literally ghosts from the past which prevent them from changing things. Ellie spots a boy in a window of the building upon arrival, but is it just a mirage? Who is real at Inchwood Manor? Mysterious dreams, apparitions and spooky goings on are bound to make Ellie’s life just a tad more interesting!
This is the first book in Rob Keeley’s ‘Spirits’ series and is quite a fun children’s novel really! It story has all the classic components of your average ‘haunted house’ and is quite a generic children’s horror book at the start. Despite this, the plot thickens and becomes far more intriguing with just the right balance of humour and scary moments for children to enjoy. The language used in this story is quite accessible for younger readers which is brilliant. There’s plenty of action, adventure and excitement which will make this book appeal to both young girls and boys alike.
I really enjoyed Ellie as a heroine as the protagonist in this story as she’s a well-rounded character who isn’t afraid – even of her worst nightmares! She’s a fiercely loyal character to her family and to Edward, the ghost haunting Inchwood Manor. The book also represented a dysfunctional family well with the parents still going through the process of divorce and the conflict Ellie feels directly as a result of this. There are fabulous links to the Victorian era throughout the story and I thoroughly enjoyed the historical elements of the story which were woven in throughout. The only minor reasons I didn’t give the book five stars include the way it was quite cliche at times and my personal belief that the book it needed more of a cliffhanger to make children really want to read the next book. I also thought the book was deserving of a better front cover as it’s current one doesn’t really do the book justice.
If you or your child enjoys adventure, scares and thrills then this will be the book for you! 4/5 stars ****
If you would like to obtain a copy of this wonderful book, please do so from your local bookstore. However, if you would like an online alternative, you can do so here: Amazon UK or Waterstones. These are only a few ideas of places you can get the book from, so please don’t restrict yourself to merely these!
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