Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Prize 2014 Fiction for 5-12's category - January 2013 Debut of the Month
A boarding school story with a difference. With its imposing entrance and spooky appearance Shiverton Hall more than lives up to its chilling name. When Arthur Bannister arrives on a scholarship he finds himself dealing with some problems common to all schools as well as some very unusual circumstances indeed…A fast paced mix of gruesome school, grisly ghosts all with a generous helping of comedy.
They slowed as they reached the gate; two stone columns, each with its own crumbling angel perched on top. The angels held up a rusty, wrought-iron arch that read, in curling, serpentine letters: SHIVERTON HALL.
Arthur Bannister has been unexpectedly accepted into Shiverton Hall, which, as it turns out, is an incredibly spooky school, full of surprises. And it is just as well that Shiverton Hall has made its offer, because Arthur had a horrible time at his previous school, and was desperate to leave. Timely indeed ...
But Arthur has no time to worry about the strange coincidence. He is too busy trying to make head or tail of Shiverton Hall, dogged as it is by tales of curses and bad fortune. At least there are a few friendly faces: George, who shows him around; also Penny and Jake. But not all the faces are friendly. There are the bullying Forge triplets for starters. And then there is the acid tongue of the headmistress, Professor Long-Pitt, who seems to go out of her way to make Arthur's life a misery. Luckily Arthur has his new friends to cheer him up. Although there are some friends that you don't want to have at all, as Arthur is soon to find out.
|Publication date:||3rd January 2013|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
Emerald Fennell is a writer and actress. Shiverton Hall is her first novel. She lives in London with a very quiet ghost. Shiverton Hall, published by Bloomsbury in January 2013, is a deliciously creepy tale that will have readers needing to keep the light on at night.More About Emerald Fennell