Marcus Sedgwick

A ghostly story set on the Yorkshire Moors. James is on a family holiday which isn’t going well: his mum keeps crying, his dad is angry and obsessed with a family history no one else is interested in and older brother Robbie won’t talk to him. When he is left behind on a walk James hears strange laughter and sees the ghost of a young girl who urges him to follow her. What happens next is both unexpected and heart-breaking.

There is discussion about a parent being made redundant and the politics behind this, family bereavement plays a part too. However, as with all the late Marcus Sedgwick novels, this is beautifully written with a storyline that keeps you engaged until the end and then leaves you wanting more.

Published by Barrington Stoke, who specialise in publishing high quality fiction for dyslexic or reluctant readers, this would be an excellent read for children in KS3. It has been edited to a reading age of 8 and has dyslexia-friendly layout and font. (113 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton