Monday, 16 October 2017

Review of High Spirits by Rob Keeley

I was thrilled to recieve a copy of this children's book 'High Spirits' by Rob Keeley.

“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.

Buy the book here: Out on October 28th 2017
My review:

I haven't read any other of the books in the series but this didn't stop me from getting stuck straight into Ellie's story and enjoying it immensely. She jumps back to 1930 into an all action plot. She tries hard to not meddle with the timeline, could this affect the present? Ellie's adventures are full of well-researched history and intrigue and there is a nice balance between this and her life in the present with her family. 

There is a good pace and appropriate vocabulary for the 10 years plus age group. As well as the time travel element there is also the supernatural, which makes an exciting touch, however I'm not sure if this complicates matters somewhat. Maybe I need to have read the other books. An enjoyable read as a stand-alone book and would be interesting to find out what happens in the next book in the series. I would recommend this exciting book and look forward to reading more from the author.
More about the author:

I'm a writer of novels, short stories and drama, particularly for children and a family audience. I have written three novels and three collections of short stories for the 8-12s. I am the creator of the "Spirits" series of ghost novels and the third of these, "The Sword of the Spirit" was published in July 2016. The first in the series, "Childish Spirits", was longlisted for the Bath Children's Novel Award as well as being nominated for the People's Book Prize and the International Rubery Book Award. The second in the series, "The Spirit of London" was highly commended for the Independent Author Book Award. I also had a collection of short stories for children ("The Dinner Club and Other Stories") longlisted for the Rubery Award.
I have also written for BBC Radio and am currently looking to get into theatre, TV and film. I have a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing with Distinction from Lancaster University and in 2015 completed a course in Filmmaking from the National Film and Television School, with a course in Screenwriting following in 2016. In 2016 I have also been a judge for the IGGY and Litro Young Writers' Prize.

I hold author workshops in schools and other venues and one teacher described these as "inspirational"!

For more information, please visit or follow me on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor

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