Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

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Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle:

 

THE WICKED READ

 
9780451476333The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
By Janet Fox
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group
Age Range: 10 – 14 Years

“An enchanting, ghostly story that had me in its grip until the last page.”  —Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The False Prince

“Keep calm and carry on.”  That’s what Katherine Bateson’s father told her, and that’s what she’s trying to do:  when her father goes off to the war, when her mother sends Kat and her brother and sister away from London to escape the incessant bombing, even when the children arrive at Rookskill Castle, an ancient, crumbling manor on the misty Scottish highlands.

But it’s hard to keep calm in the strange castle that seems haunted by ghosts or worse.  What’s making those terrifying screeches and groans at night?  Why do the castle’s walls seem to have a mind of their own?  And why do people seem to mysteriously appear and disappear?

Kat believes she knows the answer: Lady Eleanor, who rules Rookskill Castle, is harboring a Nazi spy. But when her classmates begin to vanish, one by one, Kat must uncover the truth about what the castle actually harbors—and who Lady Eleanor really is—before it’s too late.

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THE CREEPY CREATOR

 
janetJanet Fox grew up believing in the supernatural in a house that she was sure was haunted. She was not the only one. Her mother believed in ghosts and had a kind of extra-sensory ability to predict things. As a child she liked to spend time in the graveyard behind her father’s church, to read about the land of Narnia, and to listen to her Irish grandfather tell funny stories about “the little people.”