‘Seven Ghosts,’ by Chris Priestley.

I am always enormously excited to be sent new titles from Barrington Stoke as you know that you are going to get a fantastic snappy story from a world-class author. ‘Seven Ghosts’ is absolutely no exception to this rule.


Written and illustrated by Chris Priestley, ‘Seven Ghosts’ tells the story of Jake and the other finalists in a nationwide spooky story-writing competition. They’ve all been invited to the haunted Grimstone Hall to be inspired by a creepy tour through its grounds and corridors. If they’re lucky, they may even see one of the seven ghosts said to haunt it.

Jake keeps catching glimpses of strange shadows, flickering at the edges of his vision. Then he starts to suspect that their prom and proper tour guide isn’t quite telling the truth about something, but can’t put his finger on exactly what…

This has to been one of the best collection of ghost stories I’ve read in a long time. Creepy but not gory or gruesome, exactly right for its recommended readership age of 8+. What was really clever was how all the stories centred around Grimstone Hall at various points in its history. All seven stories were different and all will make you listen out for things that go bump in the night!

From a teacher’s perspective, this book is an absolute godsend. Several short, easily readable spooky stories which will chill but not terrify. All centred around a historical property – which most schools have in or around their locality, and a writing competition. It almost couldn’t be more perfect!

Printed in Barrington Stoke’s trademark dyslexia-friendly font and printed on an eye friendly shape of paper, this book is a must-have addition to anyone’s collection of ghost stories.

Library Girl.

*Huge thanks to Barrington Stoke for sending me this title to review*


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