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Mar 14 2014

My Haunted House by Angie Sage

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Araminta Spook Book 1. Bloomsbury, 2014 (2006). ISBN 9781408838655.
(Age 7+) Themes: Ghosts, Magic, Witches. Originally published in 2006, this Bloomsbury reprint introduces Araminta Spook to a new generation of young readers. She lives with her Aunt Tabby and Uncle Drac in a huge, creepy house. Her parents are away hunting vampires and they've left Araminta in the care of her unusual relatives. Araminta spends her days searching for ghosts, getting up to mischief and finding herself in trouble. Time is running out for Araminta to find an elusive spirit because her Aunt Tabby is fed up with the troublesome boiler so she's putting the house on the market.
Araminta's determination is evident as she scares away real estate agents and changes the for sale sign to This Haunted House is NOT for sale. Unfortunately she can't sway her Aunt from finding new owners who aren't scared of ghosts!
This is a fun chapter book where Annie Sage's humorous writing is complemented by Jimmy Pickering's dark black and white sketches.
Rhyllis Bignell

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