The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
“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.
“An original, clever, page-turning adventure.”
“True-to-life protagonists….a masterful final encounter, and a satisfying denouement attest to Fox’s craftsmanship.”
“Readers will curl up and keep the lights on with this chilling page-turner.”
“This gothic middle-grade novel, set in Scotland, mixes ancient magic with World War II spycraft.”
“Fox presents readers with a wonderfully paced, exciting story with enough twists to keep the pages turning.”
“With nods to Narnia, Harry Potter and The Golden Compass, Janet Fox has created hair-raising suspense and drama. My heart is still pounding from this action-packed, imaginative read!”
A Junior Library Guild selection and a Spring 2016 Indies Next pick.
THE SECRETS OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE:
A Treasure Hunt for Readers and an
Event Kit for Libraries & Bookstores
This atmospheric treasure hunt simultaneously introduces readers to the novel and to the nooks and crannies of their library or bookstore. Readers, working in teams to solve clues hidden within the pages of books, discover four objects that uncover the spine-chilling secrets of Rookskill Castle and a free chapter. The Event Kit contains instructions, sample dialogue, clues, charms, an event poster, and more! Best for ages 10-14.