Title: The Spirit of London
Author: Rob Keeley
Published: September 28th 2015
by: Troubador Publishing
Length: 152 pages
Age Range: Middle Grade
I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This didn’t affect my opinions.
The second instalment of Ellie’s Ghost Adventures (my title) picks up exactly where we last left Ellie and her family. They arrive back from Inchwood Manor, but instead of finally being home they move into a small apartment in London.
Ellie and Charlie are both not amused, especially not when they find out they have to share a room! But their Mom seems to be in too much stress to care. At all.
I loved seeing Charlie and Ellie interact more in this book. That’s something I wished I had more in Childish Spirits. I love the dynamics of sibling relationships. The taunting but also the support. It was beautifully done here.
And of course, we know more than Ellie does. We know who snuck into the painting. And I was so excited to see Edward again. Especially now that we promised to be a good ghost. But changing is quite hard, isn’t it?
That’s what Ellie experiences at least because Edward can’t stop himself from one or two mischievous messages. The two together are just too cute!! Loved their first time talking again.
Ellie’s Mum is working on another Journeyback project and seems to be a little … out of it. She is incredibly stressed and not exactly kind towards Ellie. There are some really heartbreaking scenes in this book.
The new house, 47 Foster Square, once the home of the Meadowes family, isn’t quite as atmospheric as Inchwood was. But soon Ellie starts to receive mysterious messages.
I loved the way the messages were delivered and the mystery of them. It had such a nice mixture of whimsical and exciting/dangerous vibes. Perfect for a middle-grade ghost story.
When Ellie starts to investigate more, she gets into more and more trouble. Her parents make everything worse with the divorce and how they decided to act. Even though, at least her mother has somewhat an excuse for how she behaved … I don’t think we’ll bond anytime soon. And her Dad … no words.
The book gives us a glimpse into Georgian times, talks about the difficulties of a mixed-race family in that era and about slavery. I really appreciated seeing such topics in a middle-grade. Loved Sarah’s character as well.
I really enjoyed listening to the first book and since it was Halloween time I almost immediately jumped into this sequel and I think I loved it even more? The only two downsides I can think of that Edward wasn’t the focus of this book (what can I say, I love that little ghost boy … and the scene … the scene!! (you’ll know which one I mean when you read the book) broke my heart!) and that the ending was a tad bit too quick for my taste. Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful after the climax, but just a bit too rushed. I would’ve loved it to be a little longer and more difficult.
The Spirit of London is most definitely a book that while written for 8-12 year-olds is without a doubt just as enjoyable for adult readers. I certainly enjoyed my time with Ellie, Edward and Charlie and am looking forward to the third book in this series.