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The Haunting of Aveline Jones

Phil Hickes, Keith Robinson

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 17 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781474972147

Aveline Jones loves reading ghost stories, so a dreary half-term becomes much more exciting when she discovers a spooky old book. Not only are the stories spine-tingling, but it once belonged to Primrose Penberthy, who vanished mysteriously, never to be seen again. Intrigued, Aveline decides to investigate Primrose's disappearance.

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
1 Nov 2020

" A creepy old book, child scarecrows and a seaside village with a secret: this is Halloween fun for the strong of heart"

Hickes, a fan of Susan Hill and Alan Garner, who grew up in Manchester but now lives in the US, has a strong sense of place and we can smell the sea and Aveline’s fear. He creates just the right amount of tension without overcooking the horror; there are a few terrifying moments, but we never doubt our heroine’s survival instincts. Not least because we’re told there’s a sequel coming soon. Happy Halloween.

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