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Review: High Spirits by Rob Keeley

Thanks so much to Rob Keeley for providing a review copy!

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Title: High Spirits
Series: Spirits #4

Author: Rob Keeley

Published October 28th 2017
by Troubador Publishing Ltd

Length: 129 pages

Age range/Genre: Middle Grade


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“Millions of people will die in the war, Ellie. And it’s our job to make sure it happens. That’s why our work isn’t easy.”

It’s been two years since Ellie last spoke to Edward. She thinks she’s left the spirit world behind. But the spirits won’t take no for an answer… When Ellie’s Mum returns to Inchwood Manor, Ellie finds herself going too… and is transported back to the 1930s, discovering a plot to impersonate the King of England.

With the Second World War coming, and the first evil spirits starting to escape into the mortal world, Ellie is fighting alongside some unexpected allies…

Rob Keeley is back with High Spirits, the fourth instalment in his multi-award-listed Spirits series. The series allows young people to learn more about other times, as well as the time in which they live.

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It’s been two years since Ellie’s last ghostly adventure (or rather knightly adventure) and she’s stayed clear of anything and everything revolving around the spirit world. The end of The sword of the Spirit really shook her and showed her what her meddling might cause (might have caused? will have caused?).

Her life is far from easy with her mother probably losing her job soon, them having to really look after their money and only being able to afford shabby hotel rooms. Her father seems to be … well, enjoying the benefits of having an accident. But there are some positives in her life as well. Her little crush on her brother Charlie’s friend for example. It’s a really innocent infatuation and it really illustrated the time that passed between this and the last book. She’s older and more mature now. Especially through her last adventure and the possible ramifications.

I have to be honest, I thought she would meddle more with the spirit world, but this adventure really wasn’t her doing. But the spirit world called her back and as much as she tried she couldn’t really ignore the signs and ended up in 1936.

I really liked Clara and her open and mischievous character. She was a delight to read about and got me over the fact that there is barely any Edward in here (🥺). I also loved her relationship with her older brother Tom.

Ellie’s task is really not an easy one. Especially because if she succeeds millions will die. That’s not easy to stomach, isn’t it?
I loved the theme of this book. It can have devasting effects when one changes the path of history. And saving one person might mean the suffering of countless others.

The ending was certainly something! And a really biiiig cliffhanger. It set’s up the grand finale with higher stakes than ever!  Be prepared!

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