Runner and mother of two from Hove, UK. Relies on good audiobooks to stop the kids from fighting in the car. Occasionally buys one for her.
My boys are 7 and a half and 5, so I knew I was pushing it a bit getting this story.
My 5 yr old is well used to listening to "older" stories but this is probably a bit beyond him. He is however loving the idea of a school for BAD people with BAD teachers, and is getting quite a lot of the humour.
My 7 yr old is utterly gripped. When my IPOD crashed halfway through, he insisted on going back to the beginning again (we were 4 hrs through!) and constantly gripes about "getting the story on" the second we get in the car.
It is worth noting that there is mild swearing, although the words were not over emphasised or too aggressive. Annoyingly, my son has copied them. Sigh. There is also violence and peril, but entirely in context. It is, after all, a school for bad people with bad teachers.
My 7 yr old ended up in hospital after a chest infection/possible asthma attack. We spent the night there and were given an inhaler to use for a few days.
Imagine my surprise and delight when the hero of this (randomly) downloaded story has asthma! It features a quite realistic terror related asthma attack, and prominently features an inhaler.
Oliver (our hero) inherits a huge mansion. His evil cousins find out about his asthma and decide to trigger an attack by hiring some particularly evil and vicious child hating ghosts. They hope this will kill him. There is a mix up at the agency and what Oliver actually gets is a ghostly guardian family who become his best friends.
The language is quite strong; so not for very young children or nervous types. There is blood, and lots of implied violence. I would however recommend this for any children over the age of 6 who are prone to asthma or breathing problems. It allowed myself and my son to discuss Oliver and his breathing problems, throwing light on how scary or not it can be.