The charmed children of Rookskill Castle

by Fox, Janet S.,

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In 1940, during the Blitz, Katherine, Robbie and Amelie Bateson are sent north to a private school in Rookskill Castle in Scotland, a brooding place, haunted by dark magic from the past--but when some of their classmates disappear Katherine has to find out if the cause is hidden in the past or very much in the present.
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Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Robbie is thrilled at the prospect of going to school in a Scottish castle, an escape from London's Blitz during WWII. His older sister, Katherine, takes a more measured view, suspicious of what lies ahead: their father plays an undercover role in MI6, Britain's intelligence service, and has trained Kat in his clock-repair business (You've a mind for patterns and a careful, patient hand). Kat's suspicions only increase when her great-aunt Margaret hands over her odd-looking chatelaine, an antique belt with charms attached each supposed to be suffused with magic should Kat need it. Sure enough, a dark and perilous challenge lies ahead, and Kat is destined to take it on, though the level of malice she faces may be greater than she expected. Lady Eleanor, ostensibly in charge of the castle and school, is a malevolent force straight out of horror tales, and the children will need to fight for their lives and souls. This wonderfully written gothic fairy tale pairs the horror elements with a steampunk witch and mysterious staff, all while telling a war-espionage tale. Embedded lessons even including Plato's cave allegory from a pair of sympathetic castle teachers provide clues to defeating the evil witch. Readers will curl up and keep the lights on with this chilling page-turner.--O'Malley, Anne Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this intricately plotted thriller from Fox (Sirens), the stalwart Bateson children have more to fear from Lady Eleanor, headmistress of their new boarding school in Scotland, than from the bombs of the 1940 London Blitz. Evacuated with two younger siblings to live in a distant relative's castle, 12-year-old Katherine has only her father's parting words, her great-aunt's parting gift of a silver heirloom chatelaine, and fellow student Peter for support in a terrifying battle against evil forces set loose 200 years earlier. Warnings of frightening nighttime noises and disappearing children quickly come too close for comfort, and the quartet's certainty of a Nazi threat sets them on a trail of discovery and misdirection. Initially grounded in logic and her father's teachings, Kat's faith crumbles against disconcerting evidence that, in this castle, magic is real, nothing is what it seems, and a Voldemort-like villainess must be destroyed. True-to-life protagonists, the skillful interweaving of flashbacks and the chatelaine motif, a masterful final encounter, and a satisfying denouement attest to Fox's craftsmanship. Ages 10-up. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Magic Juvenile fiction
Secrecy Juvenile fiction
Castles Scotland Juvenile fiction
Brothers and sisters Juvenile fiction
World War, 1939-1945 Juvenile fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Mystery and detective stories
Magic Fiction
Secrets Fiction
Castles Fiction
Brothers and sisters Fiction
World War, 1939-1945 Fiction
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Scotland History 20th century Juvenile fiction.
Scotland History 20th century Fiction.
20th century
Publisher New York :Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group,2016
Books on Tape2016
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by Fiona Hardingham.
Audience 7 years and up
Language English
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Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
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Description 1 audio file : digital
ISBN 9780147525963
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