Well-intentioned trouble maker Araminta Spookie has been “helpful” one too many times, so her family decides to send her to boarding school. On arrival, Araminta is surprised to discover that Gargoyle Hall makes her haunted home seem positively cozy. Strange moans and clanks echo down the halls and the two class leaders are equally creepy. Most of the other students have been scared away, but Araminta is determined to find out what-or who-is menacing the school.
Complete with blank-and-white interior illustrations, this brand-new story is perfect for fans of Maryrose Wood and Jacqueline West.
About the Author
Angie Sage began her career illustrating books and then started writing. She is the author of the bestselling series Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie. She lives in a fifteenth-century house in Somerset, England and has two daughters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gargoyle Hall: An Araminta Spookie Adventure by Angie Sage is a children's chapter book t. It is the sixth in the series as after finishing it, I will definitely be looking for the rest for the family and school library. Araminta Spookie is a unique girl with a very special family. Uncle Drac keeps bats, there are three ghosts in the house, a knight, his page and his dog, two other aunts, her best friend and partner in the detective agency Wanda and her parents. Unfortunately, Araminta seems to be always getting in trouble, but it is not usually her fault. When a great aunt comes to visit it is decided that Araminta has had problems one too many times, so her family decides to send her to boarding school. On arrival, Araminta is surprised to discover that her best friend has stowed away in her trunk. She also meets up with the only other two students, sisters that she calls the Vultures. Strange noises echo down the halls at night and when Araminta and Wanda get up in the morning, they discover that Ms. Gargoyle is indisposed for the day. They get locked in the basement, but with the help of Araminta's cousin, and the ghosts from home, they find out who is causing the problems in the school and what has scared away the rest of the students. The writing is accessible to reluctant readers and avid readers alike and has a good mix of humour and spookiness to keep everyone entertained. Araminta is a strong willed, and slightly odd, young lady with good intentions. She is always trying to be helpful, but the majority of the time her 'help' causes more difficulty and chaos than expected. The series is illustrated by Jimmy Pickering with black and white artwork that adds to the story just enough to keep you entertained. The story has enough adventure to entertain reluctant readers that need high action books to hold their interest and for those that love a touch of the spooky. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.