Mount­wood School For Ghosts

Too ghoul for school

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253 pages | £ 9.99 ( hard­back)/£ 8.05 ( ebook) Au­thor: Toby Ib­bot­son Pub­lisher: Macmil­lan Chil­dren’s Books

Long be­fore let­ters

swarmed down Harry Pot­ter’s chim­ney, Eva Ib­bot­son was writ­ing tales of ghosts, mis­treated or­phans and su­per­nat­u­ral schools. Toby Ib­bot­son’s de­but, based on one of his late mother’s ideas, has a great deal in common with her work.

After a lost ghost ends up in his house, Daniel and his friend Char­lotte dis­cover Mount­wood School, and end up call­ing on its pupils for help when their street in a north- east­ern town is threat­ened with re­de­vel­op­ment by a crooked lo­cal politi­cian.

The blend of very tra­di­tional sto­ry­telling with some mod­ern themes mean this should be a favourite with both boys and girls for some years to come – and there’s just the right amount of gore. Miriam McDon­ald

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