Shock, horror….. Robert Swindells has written a book about World War Two. Sigh! Still this one is set just after the end of the war, rationing is still in place, the ‘yanks’ are still hanging around, and ghosts haunt the empty house at the end of a shadowy lane. Or do they? A very easy book to read, short chapters of 3 or 4 pages long. I ended up playing, spot the chapter title whilst I read. Not a great deal of detail -but it is a simple read, and a slightly different approach to…. No can’t say anymore as I’d give the game away. So is it a War story or a school story? Not sure – but it’s definitely not a ghost story.
I like Unrest. It was different and sophisticated and obviously for the young adult market. 17 year old Elliot is struggling with life after his brush with death in hit and run accident. He can, apparently see, hear and feel ghosts during his sleep and periods of sleep paralysis. He takes matters into his own hands by getting a job at a haunted museum, meets a girl there, and discovers more than he bargained for. A good page turner, with some unexpected twists, and a grisly but satisfying ending.
A ghost story with a difference. Not your normal ghost story, and not your ‘normal’ hero. Instead a confused, bruised, overweight boy is dragged to a holiday park with his borderline alcoholic father, and meets a girl. Not your typical love story, but Daniel is attracted to this slip of a girl whose body is covered in cuts and bruises that get worse over time rather than better. Strange huh? Well worth reading to find out why.