The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

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"Keep calm and carry on." That's what Katherine Bateson's father told her, and that's what she's trying to do- when her father goes off to the war, when her mother sends Kat and her brother and sister away from London to escape the incessant bombing, even when the children arrive at Rookskill Castle, an ancient, crumbling manor on the misty Scottish highlands.

But it's hard to keep calm in the strange castle that seems haunted by ghosts or worse. What's making those terrifying screeches and groans at night? Why do the castle's walls seem to have a mind of their own? And why do people seem to mysteriously appear and disappear?

Kat believes she knows the answer- Lady Eleanor, who rules Rookskill Castle, is harboring a Nazi spy. But when her classmates begin to vanish, one by one, Kat must uncover the truth about what the castle actually harbors-and who Lady Eleanor really is-before it's too late.
Publisher: New York :, Puffin Books, a imprint of Penguin Random House,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780147517135
Branch Call Number: J FIC Fox
Characteristics: 388 pages


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JCLBeckyC Jan 29, 2020

Outlander for kids! I highly recommend the audiobook version.

ArapahoeJillK Jul 17, 2018

Intelligent children muster their courage to confront mystery and magic in an haunting Scottish mansion during WWII. This novel is genuinely creepy with a Gothic feel.

kathleen_DCL Feb 05, 2018

A very well written and scary story! Great historical fiction, fantasy and mystery all rolled into one.

carinmilburn Aug 25, 2017

Interesting start, then really slow and then interesting and then slow. I think there was just too much going on. Some of the scary stuff was underdeveloped (like all the ghost kids) because there were too many characters but I kept reading it. But was disappointed.

Dec 25, 2016

An astonishing read. I loved it.

ArapahoeBridget Oct 27, 2016

A perfectly creepy and atmospheric mystery, with an excellent audiobook reader. I guess this isn't quite a gothic, but it's got many of the same hallmarks. I loved the nuanced and well developed villain contrasted against the frustrated and often scared heroine. It might be a good fit if you liked The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, because both stories are creepy and weird with interesting mystery elements.

A great J-level genre-blender: a WWII-era historical fiction, gothic mystery, with some steampunk-style mechanical magic thrown in. [audiobook]

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Sep 06, 2016

Janet Fox clearly put a lot of thought into this one. The pieces of the mystery fit together snugly and will keep most kids (and adults!) guessing. I will say that I got a bit bored with the reveal but others may not. It was really the eeriness of the story that captured me. I love a good spook and with a sketchy castle, dreary Scottish weather, a group of ever-present rooks, wandering ghostly children, and a soul-hungry headmistress, this did not disappoint.

ArapahoeCatherine Aug 24, 2016

Dark, spooky historical fiction with a little magic! I think kids and middle grade readers will definitely enjoy this one!

kirstd31 Jul 11, 2016

This book starts out great. World War II is taking place and the children leave the city to go to school in an old castle in Scotland. Weird things start happening. Is the castle haunted or is their a spy? I could not put the book down. But then it became slow and drawn out. I was disappointed.

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