Episode # 25

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

Janet Fox

Would you rather be trapped in a creepy old castle with a ghost or a Nazi spy?
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8 - 12 / 3 - 7
Viking Books for Young Readers




The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

Twelve-year-old Katherine Bateson believes in a logical explanation for everything. But even she can’t make sense of the strange goings-on at Rookskill Castle, the drafty old Scottish castle-turned-school where she and her siblings have been sent to escape the London Blitz. What’s making those terrifying sounds at night? Why do the castle’s walls seem to have a mind of their own? And why do people keep mysteriously appearing and disappearing?

Kat believes she knows the answer: Lady Eleanor, who rules Rookskill Castle, is harboring a Nazi spy. But when her classmates begin to vanish, one by one, Kat must face the truth about what the castle actually harbors—and what Lady Eleanor is—before it’s too late.

Praise for The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

“Wonderfully written…Readers will curl up and keep the lights on with this chilling page-turner.”
Booklist, starred review

“An original, clever, page-turning adventure.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“In this intricately plotted thriller…. True-to-life protagonists, the skillful interweaving of flashbacks and the chatelaine motif, a masterful final encounter, and a satisfying denouement attest to Fox’s craftsmanship.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An enchanting, ghostly story that had me in its grip until the last page. With her courage, strength, and intelligence, Kat Bateson will become one of the great literary heroines. I rooted for her right through the last page.”
Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The False Prince

Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and nonfiction for children of all ages. Her young adult debut novel, Faithful, was an Amelia Bloomer List pick, and was followed by a companion novel, Forgiven, a Junior Library Guild selection and WILLA Literary Award Finalist, and Sirens. Janet is a 2010 graduate of the MFA/Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a former high school English teacher. She lives in Bozeman, Montana, where she and her family enjoy the mountain vistas.