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The Bewitching of Aveline Jones

Written by Phil Hickes

Illustrated by Keith Robinson

Part of the Aveline Jones Series

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The Bewitching of Aveline Jones Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Horror & Ghost Stories

A cleverly told supernatural story, guaranteed to send shivers down the spine

Despite its setting – leafy English countryside in late summer – this is a deliciously dark story, with one of the creepiest scenes you’re likely to read. Aveline is enjoying a late summer break with her mum. Her friend Harold is coming to stay but until he arrives it’s a bit lonely, so it’s a thrill to meet Hazel. Hazel is about the same age as Aveline, local, but also looking for a friend. There’s no denying that Hazel is great company, but there’s something just a little strange about her as well. The truth is very strange indeed and the more she learns, the more Aveline realises that their friendship could prove very dangerous. This is the second story about Aveline, who seems to attract the supernatural, and, like the first, is cleverly told and guaranteed to send shivers down the spine. If you like spooky stories, you’ll love this. Perfect Hallowe’en reading!

Andrea Reece

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The Bewitching of Aveline Jones Synopsis

Turn on your torches and join Aveline Jones! 

Aveline is thrilled when she discovers that the holiday cottage her mum has rented for the summer is beside a stone circle. Thousands of years old, the local villagers refer to the ancient structure as the Witch Stones, and Aveline cannot wait to learn more about them. Then Aveline meets Hazel.

Impossibly cool, mysterious yet friendly, Aveline soon falls under Hazel's spell. In fact, Hazel is quite unlike anyone Aveline has ever met before, but she can't work out why. Will Aveline discover the truth about Hazel, before it's too late? Join the world of Aveline Jones, where mysteries are solved, spirits are laid to rest, and everybody gets to bed on time.

The Bewitching of Aveline Jones Press Reviews

Captivating and gorgeously written. I was definitely bewitched! - Michelle Harrison

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ISBN: 9781474972154
Publication date: 16/09/2021
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474972154
Publication date: 16th September 2021
Author: Phil Hickes
Illustrator: Keith Robinson
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Horror & Ghost Stories
Collections: Scary Reads for Halloween!,

About Phil Hickes

Born in the UK, Phil now lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon, where he works as an advertising copywriter. He has a passion for horror, ghosts, and all things that go bump in the night. His short stories have been published in adult horror anthologies, but Phil turned his hand to writing middle grade as he wanted to create the same visceral thrill he remembers from reading Alan Garner, Clive King and Roald Dahl. The Haunting of Aveline Jones is his first middle grade novel.  

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