Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Haunted House by Annabelle Sami

The Haunted House is a real ‘who dunnit’ as readers try to solve this fun, spooky mystery along with Zaiba and her friends. A new family has moved into Oakwood Manor but someone doesn’t want them there. Is it a ghost or is it a member of the community who wants the old house for themselves?

Full of friendship, teamwork and trust, the children must use so many skills to solve the case. They learn to think on their feet, make careful observations, plan, analyse, and make logical links to work it out. The UK branch of the Snow Leopard Detective Agency is determined to prove ghosts aren’t real and discover the true culprit.

Oakwood Manor is a fascinating old house full of mystery – secret passageways, trap doors and stories of the past make it the perfect setting for  this action-packed story.

One of the best aspects of this brilliant series is the link to Zaiba’s Pakistani heritage. Clothing, food, customs and traditions are a natural part of the story and give so many children the opportunity to see aspects of their own life reflected in the stories they read.

I love the added extras at the end of the story: plans for a fun sleepover, a recipe for delicious stuffed aloo burgers and some great jokes!

I hope there will be many more instalments in this fantastic series!

Thank you to Little Tiger books for this fun mystery!

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

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

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