Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Haunting of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

The Haunting of Aveline Jones is a deliciously scary story that will send shivers down your spine. One cold, blustery October half-term, Aveline travels to the Cornish coast to spend the week with her hard-edged Aunt Lillian. Right from the start, readers are immersed in a shadowy, autumnal mood. The town of Malmouth is full of folklore and ghost stories. Superstitions live on even though most towns people have forgotten how they started and Aunt Lillian’s old house is full of secrets.

When Aveline discovers Lieberman’s Second-Hand Bookshop, she enters a treasure trove – like a secret book cave waiting to be explored. Searching through the stacks of old books, she comes across a volume of local ghost stories and the name Primrose Penberthy. Who was this girl? How did she disappear? What connection could she possible have to Aveline Jones?

Readers’ hearts will beat a little faster and they’ll hide under their blankets as they journey with Aveline to solve the mystery of the missing girl and the strange hauntings of her aunt’s house. Is Primrose Penberthy a kindred spirit or is there something more sinister yet to come?

Thank you to NetGalley and Usborne for this unique book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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