Title: The Spirit of London
Author: Rob Keeley
Genre: Horror, ghost, children’s fiction
Publisher: Matador/Troubador Publishing
Pages: 152 pages
Publication Date: July 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Here’s my review of the second book in Rob Keeley’s ‘Spirits’ series:
I was eagerly anticipating reading the second instalment of Rob Keeley’s ‘Spirits’ series and I can safely say that this did not disappoint! This second book in the series provides lots more background about Ellie and her family and includes familiar characters from ‘Childish Spirits’ too.
Ellie, Charlie and their Mother are moving back to London. However, the grotty flat they arrive at isn’t where Ellie and Charlie though they would be moving to. Ellie keeps receiving ghostly messages and her Mum is acting strangely. With her parents amid a messy divorce, Ellie and Charlie are left to look after themselves. That’s easier said than done for Ellie when the spirit world isn’t quite finished with her yet and pleas for help are literally keeping her up at night…
This was a highly enjoyable ghostly read which will greatly appeal to children. It’s written in an accessible manner for the target audience (older primary/younger secondary) and maintains suspense and mystery which will pique their interest. I also think it’s one of those brilliant books which is gender neutral and will enthral both boys and girls alike. The book deals with issues including: slavery, divorce and racism and handles them brilliantly in a realistic and sensitive manner. As a NQT, I hope to use these books in school as I think they would a brilliant class read or story starter.
A brilliant, exciting story filled with mystery, adventure and ghosts! It’s action packed and well paced to engage younger readers. This is definitely my favourite book in the ‘Spirits’ series so far. Well recommended for older primary children and up, even some adults like myself. This series is well worth reading!
If you would like to obtain a copy of this second instalment, please do so from your local booksellers. 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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