The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

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In 1940, during the Blitz, Katherine, Robbie and Amelie Bateson are sent north to a private school in Rookskill Castle in Scotland, a brooding place, haunted by dark magic from the past--but when some of their classmates disappear Katherine has to find out if the cause is hidden in the past or very much in the present.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780451476333
Characteristics: 388 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number: J FOX, J


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kathleen_DCL Feb 05, 2018

A very well written and scary story! Great historical fiction, fantasy and mystery all rolled into one.

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ArapahoeJillK Jul 17, 2018

Intelligent children muster their courage to confront mystery and magic in an haunting Scottish mansion during WWII. This novel is genuinely creepy with a Gothic feel.

kathleen_DCL Feb 05, 2018

A very well written and scary story! Great historical fiction, fantasy and mystery all rolled into one.

carinmilburn Aug 25, 2017

Interesting start, then really slow and then interesting and then slow. I think there was just too much going on. Some of the scary stuff was underdeveloped (like all the ghost kids) because there were too many characters but I kept reading it. But was disappointed.

Dec 25, 2016

An astonishing read. I loved it.

ArapahoeBridget Oct 27, 2016

A perfectly creepy and atmospheric mystery, with an excellent audiobook reader. I guess this isn't quite a gothic, but it's got many of the same hallmarks. I loved the nuanced and well developed villain contrasted against the frustrated and often scared heroine. It might be a good fit if you liked The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, because both stories are creepy and weird with interesting mystery elements.

A great J-level genre-blender: a WWII-era historical fiction, gothic mystery, with some steampunk-style mechanical magic thrown in. [audiobook]

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Sep 06, 2016

Janet Fox clearly put a lot of thought into this one. The pieces of the mystery fit together snugly and will keep most kids (and adults!) guessing. I will say that I got a bit bored with the reveal but others may not. It was really the eeriness of the story that captured me. I love a good spook and with a sketchy castle, dreary Scottish weather, a group of ever-present rooks, wandering ghostly children, and a soul-hungry headmistress, this did not disappoint.

ArapahoeCatherine Aug 24, 2016

Dark, spooky historical fiction with a little magic! I think kids and middle grade readers will definitely enjoy this one!

kirstd31 Jul 11, 2016

This book starts out great. World War II is taking place and the children leave the city to go to school in an old castle in Scotland. Weird things start happening. Is the castle haunted or is their a spy? I could not put the book down. But then it became slow and drawn out. I was disappointed.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Mar 16, 2016

This book has all the elements of a great thriller -- Scotland! a spooky castle! charmed children! -- and Fox strikes the perfect balance of being spooky enough to thrill without going too far overboard and terrifying this book's target audience. The backdrop of WWII adds a nice layer of complexity to the plot of this book, which is clever and well-thought-out, and clearly written with a lot of respect for the children who will eventually read it. Highly enjoyable.


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