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Ghost Abbey by Robert Westall
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Ninety-eight keys, none of them labelled. Ninety-eight keys, and they say there are ninety-nine rooms ...what will you find in the ninety-ninth room, I wonder?' Maggi is delighted when her father takes a new job, renovating a crumbling stately home in Cheshire. It's a chance to escape from the North-East, from the predatory Doris Streeton, and perhaps from the grief at the heart of Maggi's family. But Maggi gradually comes to realize that their new home holds secrets far more sinister than anything they have left behind ...

Author Biography

'If you harm this house, it will kill you' The protagonist of the story is twelve-year-old Maggi. Since the death of her mother two years earlier, Maggi has had to take care of her demanding twin brothers while her father, devastated by his grief, drifts listlessly through life. Then a letter arrives asking Dad to oversee the renovation of a crumbling stately home in Cheshire. When they first move to the house it seems a wonderful new start for them all. The job renews Dad's enthusiasm for life, the twins revel in their new surroundings and Miss MacFarlane, the house's eccentric owner, is content in the family's company. But Maggi has noticed some unsettling things about the old house - voices emanating from empty rooms - an unknown figure at a window. She gradually comes to realise that the house wields a dark and terrifying power of its own, luring people in to help protect and preserve it, people like Dad, but harming anyone who does it damage. If any of them, do something to injure the house even accidentally then their lives will be in danger. In fear Maggi tries to get her family away but the house isn't willing to let them go. An unusual and unsettling ghost story from a multi-award-winning author.
Release date NZ
February 5th, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
New edition
Corgi Childrens
Interest Age
From 12 To 99
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