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Written by Holly Webb
Illustrated by A World Book Day Illustrator 2019
Part of the The Hounds of Penhallow Hall SeriesWrite A Review
In a nutshell: gentle, heart-warming story of friendship and ghost animals
The second book in this charming new series takes us back to Penhallow Hall in Cornwall. It’s the new home of ten year old Polly, who is now friends with some of the Hall’s unusual ghosts, including two wolfhounds, Rex and Magnus. They’re not the only ghost animals at Penhallow, and together they meet the spirit of a feisty little Pekingese called Li-Mei, who has a secret and quite sad history to share. Holly Webb tells the story with just the right mixture of adventure and wistfulness, and this will be a very satisfying story for young readers. Jason Cockroft’s beautiful and atmospheric illustrations make this even more appealing.
Join Polly and her new ghostly friends William, Rex and Magnus wake Li-Mei, the Chinese porcelain Fu Dog from the Red Drawing Room.
The little Pekingese tells them of her adventures with Sarah Penhallow – together they once investigated rumours of smugglers and sighted a ghostly Green Lady down at the cove. The friends set off to solve the mystery once and for all, and discover a secret tunnel. Here they come across a broken statue of a dog buried beneath a rock fall. Could their discovery have anything to do with the disappearance of Li-Mei’s canine companion?
Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review The Moonlight Statue, the first book in The Hounds of Penhallow Hall series. Click here to read their full reviews.
Praise for The Moonlight Statue;
'There are echoes of Tom’s Midnight Garden in Polly’s story and readers could move on to Penelope Lively’s A Stitch in Time or Emma Carroll’s The Snow Sister.’ – Andrea Reece, LoveReading
‘Bestselling author Holly Webb’s new series is set in Cornwall and is perfect for any young readers looking for mystery and magic.’ – Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express
|Publication date:||13th July 2017|
|Illustrator:||A World Book Day Illustrator 2019|
|Publisher:||Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical|
Holly Webb was born and grew up in south-east London, but spent a lot of time on the Suffolk coast. As a child, she had two dogs, a cat, and at one point, nine gerbils (an accident). At about ten, Holly fell in love with stories from Ancient Greek myths, which led to studying Latin and Greek, and eventually to reading Classics at university. She worked for five years as a children's fiction editor, before deciding that writing was more fun, and easier to do from a sofa. She started writing several years ago while working as a children&...More About Holly Webb