Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Aldo Moon and the Ghost at Gravewood Hall by Alex Woolf
review by Maryom
Aldo Moon is an orphan, brought up in the London Foundling Hospital then adopted by the wealthy Carter family. They soon discover he has an unusual talent. Picking up 'ripples in the ether', he can sense things that others can't; sometimes he can predict an unexpected knock at the door or see an image of something that occurred in the past or is happening at that moment somewhere else.
When a friend of the family believes she has ghosts disturbing the peace of her house, Aldo is asked to investigate. Accompanied by his adoptive brother Nathan and his cousin Lily, he uncovers dark deeds and secrets hidden at Gravewood Hall.
Set in Victorian England, this book is a supernatural whodunnit - a sort of cross between Sherlock Holmes and Ghostbusters. There are strange noises emanating from the cellar and the ghostly figure of a woman haunting the house and gardens but overall the feel is more of a detective novel than a terrifying ghost story.
The trio of friends make an interesting investigative team - Aldo brings his supernatural intuition to bear on solving the mystery, Nathan is the 'muscle' and Lily the sceptical scientist.
Aimed at older children and young teens, the Ghost at Gravewood Hall is the first adventure for Aldo Moon and there'll be more to come.
Maryom's review - 4.5 stars
Publisher - Scribo Books
Genre - Children's, ghost stories, detective stories, 11+
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