By: Stefan Petrucha & Sho Murase
Nancy Drew Girl Detective Graphic Novel series bk 3
It is Nostalgia Week in River Heights and so many people are in the historical mood. People are committed to trying to live as if it was the 1930’s. The fun though is interrupted when a dollhouse that is up for auction, starts depicting strange crimes before they actually happen. Nancy is convinced something other than ghosts is responsible but at many turns she finds herself thwarted. Soon she sees a crime scene that shows her as the victim, the perpetrator didn’t count on Nancy’s friends though and Nancy soon gets to the bottom of the case.
A fun little ghost story. Nancy and her friends work well as a threesome, they always have and they do well at complementing each other in this updated series. The story is mysterious, not too easy to guess and entertaining. I good read for lighter moments or when you don’t have a lot of time. Also graphic novels are a good choice for those who are a little unwilling to pick a book up and read.
Published: 29 November 2005
Format: Paperback 96 pages
Categories: Graphic Novels, Mystery, Ghosts
ISBN 13: 9781597070089
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So here is a little teaser of The Hunting Ground.
That isn’t the only horror novel for teens written by McNish, here is a short introduction about Breathe by the author himself.
By: Cliff McNish
Elliot and his brother Ben move into Glebe house with their father who is commissioned to renovate it for sale. The old mansion is more than it seems though, it is home to ghosts and it’s past is full of terrible tragedy. It seems beyond spooky and when they start to read pages of a diary they realise it is more than just ghosts. Real evil inhabits part of the estate called the East Wing. This place holds the darkest secrets in its labyrinthian corridors. It is a building devised by an evil and twisted mind. The old owner, Cullayn, is assisted by Eve, the ghost of a young girl and the boys are drawn into the darkness through trickery and dark manipulation. Will they escape teh horrible fate Cullayn has planned for them. Will they be able to vanquish the evil once and for all? Or will they be trapped for ever like those who came before. them?
A truly creepy story. Tension and darkness are woven through every page, with only the briefest glimpses of light to offer hope. It is everything you want in a ghost story; cruel, creepy, sinister and tense. It is hard to put down and there are times you may even forget to breathe. McNish has woven a darkly compelling and chilling tale. If you likes to be creeped out then you’ll love this. Warning! This book says on the back cover that it isn’t suitable for younger readers, pay attention to this warning. I’d have to say probably 15+ for this.
Publisher: Indigo (imprint of Orion Children’s)
Published: 05 January 2012
Format: Paperback 288 pages
Categories: Horror, Ghost
ISBN 13: 9781780620169
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By: Andrew Hammond
CRYPT bk 2
Strange things are happening but when you are a CRYPT agent that’s not so unusual, in fact it’s what keeps you employed. Senior agent Jud gets pulled away from movie night to go and investigate something odd is happening in the tunnels underneath the Houses of Parliament. What he doesn’t expect is to get arrested for the ghost’s actions. It soon becomes clear that someone is determined to cover up what is really going on, but why and who has that kind of power?
London isn’t the only place the ghosts are stirring and Bex is sent to York to check out a couple of strange sightings. There Bex experiences a sensing event like she never has before, something whispered about by agents called hypersensing. Other agents are soon bought into the case in London while Jud is sent to York to assist Bex. THings in both locations heat up and it seems certain that an event a long time in the planning is finally coming to fruition. Can the CRYPT agents figure out what is causing such a disturbance before many more lives are lost.
This is the second of the CRYPT series and it is just as gruesome and engaging as the first. Jud still struggles with the issues from his past, some of which are ripped to the surface in this book. He also still struggles to control his anger but he continues to be a top agent because of his ability to sense and figure out what is really going on, and he instinct to act. I like that he is a flawed hero, prone to stuffing up, it makes him more real.
Bex is a tough character in her own right, she is resilient, smart and willing to step up when she needs to.
The ghost story at the heart of this plot is an historical event many should at least be vaguely familiar with, though perhaps not the story behind it. I like the way Hammond has blended the modern with a good old fashioned ghost story. I also like the historical detail in this case. The resolution is something the team has to work to, they have to research and fit it all together like a proper investigation it doesn’t just all fall in their laps and there are costs to the agents along the way. The result of this is an entertaining if gruesome story that doesn’t insult it’s readers by thinking they need the characters to be immune to all the stuff they deal with. I think this is a solid series and well worth a look if you like things on the scary side. It’s better than you might think just by looking at it.
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
Published: 01 March 2012
Format: Paperback 352 pages
Categories: Adventure, Action, Horror, Ghost
ISBN 13: 9780755378227
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In case you were wondering what that grey book with the guy on with the top hat on the front cover was all about.
By: Maureen Johnson
A Shades of London Novel
Aurora ‘Rory’ Deveaux has chosen to spend a year at Wexford Boarding School in London, when her parents are working in Bristol. her arrival coincides with the beginning of a series of brutal murders. Crimes that appear to have left no witnesses, not even the extensive CCTV systems have caught anything useful. These murders are brutal, mimicking the oft copied, never caught, Jack the Ripper, sparking a new round of Rippermania. In the midst of this Rory is trying to fit in to a new school and adjust to a different culture.
As if this isn’t enough, it seems Rory has seen the prime suspect on the school grounds but the strange thing is no one else has seen him. Rory doesn’t understand what is going on, but it appears this mystery man has taken an interest in her and she doesn’t know why, or what that means for her.
The Name of the Star is a mystery story with more than a touch of Ripper history. The addition of Rory being transplanted from the deep south to London adds an interesting and light hearted touch to a core story that would otherwise seem quite dark. The mystery is well fitted into the flow of Rory’s school adjustment and fledgling relationship. It is also pushed along by Jerome’s Ripper interest and budding journalistic drive.
Johnson has taken a story most of us think we know well and given it a modern twist and tweak. If you are looking for a mystery with a touch of the paranormal and a taste of London, then give this a look.
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Published: 29 September 2011
Format: Paperback 400 pages
Categories: Ghosts, Mystery
ISBN 13: 9780007432264
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By: Christopher Cheng and Sarah Davis
In an old spooky looking house strange sounds fill the air. The girl upstairs stops her playing listens, the kids downstairs stop and listen. They then go back to what they were doing. There are creaks and crashes, slams and howls. But I’m not scared. Are you?
This is a wonderful picture book about a ghost girl and three kids exploring her house. Look closely and you will see clues as to what happened to the girl. The text is simple and the sort of text that is fun to read – full of silly noises to make. The illustrations are 3D looking, layered and interesting to look at. This would be a fun choice for a halloween book for a younger reader.
Publisher: Random House Australia
Published: 01 November 2011
Format: Hardback 32 pages
ISBN 13: 9781864718799
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