"Get me some ghosts," said Fulton Snoddle-Brittle. "Frightful and dangerous ghosts!" Fulton has gone to the Dial-a-Ghost agency with an evil plan. He wants to hire some truly terrifying ghosts to scare his nephew Oliver to death.
But Oliver likes ghosts. And the peculiar ones he meets at Helton Hall decide at once to help him outwit the wicked Snodde-Brittles.
©2008 Eva Ibbotson; (P)2008 Macmillan Digital Audio
"You'll love this chain-rattlingly, blood-oozingly hilarious story." (Daily Telegraph)
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 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.
"Fun and Engaging"
My 4 and 10 year old girls and my 10 year old boy all love this story, which "isn't scary at all." The narrator was the perfect choice, between her British accent (the story takes place in post WWII England), and her willingness to assume the voices of a full spectrum of characters.
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