Lilac Skully and the Haunted House

Lilac Skully and the Haunted House by Amy Cesari: If you’re a fan of spooky, fun, middle-grade fiction then Lilac Skully and the Haunted House is a great choice for you. Lilac, age 9 and 3/4, is afraid of ghosts. And now she is home alone in a haunted house. Her father has mysteriously disappeared and she must find a way to deal with the notorious ghosts that haunt her home. But when intruders break in, Lilac realises that a greater danger is lurking. It is time for her to face her fears and make new friends. I really enjoyed this book, it is a good mix of scary and fun. Lilac is a really likeable character, because she is plucky and determined, and also pretty funny at times. The story has a great pace and lots of action and mystery, and a nice and varied range of additional characters. The creepy setting and all the spookiness is just enough without being too frightening. The themes of friendship, trust and finding your own strengths give the book lots of depth and ensure that it is also a heartwarming story. I think this is a really good combination.  It was a perfect book to curl up with over Hallowee’n, but of course a spooky book is great for any night of the year! There are two more Lilac Skully books and I am excited to read them because I found this one hard to put down. I would recommend them for all readers over the age of 8. Ellen G, age 9, Augsburg, Germany

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