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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408827786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408827789
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.6 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A deliciously creepy tale that will have readers needing to keep the light on at night . . .

About the Author

Emerald Fennell is a writer and actress. Shiverton Hall is her first novel. She lives in London with a very quiet ghost. Shiverton Hall, published by Bloomsbury in January 2013, is a deliciously creepy tale that will have readers needing to keep the light on at night.


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I'd only heard of this novel recently but the synopsis really drew me in. After all there's a boarding school, a curse and ghosts, what more could I possibly want from a novel? All of these things make books very interesting to me and when I won this I was so excited and I read it straight away. As it's a children's novel it only took me a day to read but it was absolutely brilliant. I cannot stress how good it was. It's up there with my top reads of the year and it's not even out until the very beginning of 2013! I would say this is a children's horror novel and it is indeed very spooky, way more spooky than I thought would be possible for a children's novel. As a young adult it even sent chills down my spine and made my body pump adrenalin, the scares were addictive! I was practically flipping through the pages waiting to be scared again. Shiverton Hall is all about secrets, curses and how the past will always catch up to you. It's a very good horror novel aimed at children from a very promising new author. I can't wait to see what she produces next.

Arthur Bannister is our main character, he mysteriously receives a letter which offers him a place at the old creepy Shiverton Hall. After the events of the past year, he needs a new start and accepts. Shiverton Hall is indeed as grand as the name suggests but it's steeped in cobwebs and shadows. The grounds are stuck in the past and with the past, secrets begin to be unearthed. Arthur's appearance at the hall sets of a whole chain of events. Arthur makes some new friends but even here bullies find him. Trying his best to move on, his new friend George distracts him with some ghost stories that might just be more real than they sound.
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A wonderfully creepy book in which imaginary friends come to life and are the stuff of nightmares! It's Leon Garfield/Neil Gaiman meets Harry Potter and a great start to a new series. I bought the second book before I'd even finished reading this one. Set in a boarding school with obligatory bullies and a group of friends who don't quite fit in, Fennell still makes most of her characters unique with room for development throughout the series. Arthur, Penny, Jake and George are fabulous new characters and it will be good to see what happens to them next. It's interesting that their home life gets more than a passing mention and explains why the boarding school is so appealing, despite its evil past.

Highly recommended - except for anyone too scared to sleep in the dark! It's a Doctor Who level of horror so might be a little much for some but most will relish it. Not gory but it gets your imagination going.
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"Shiverton Hall" is Emerald Fennell's debut novel and it's a fantastically ghoulish horror story set in an English boarding school, which the novel's lead character, Arthur Bannister, wins a free pass to attend, in a moment of good luck that seems to answer all of his life's many problems. (Needless to say, it does not.) School being school, however, and there is a clique at Shiverton out to make Arthur's first term there a living hell; in the hope of distracting him, his best friend begins to regale Arthur with tales of the Hall's spooky past and the legend of a curse lying on the school.

Flipping between the past and the present, "Shiverton Hall" is a compulsively page-turning ghost story in the grand old tradition of genuine supernatural twists, turns, mysteries and ghouls. It's as far removed from the slasher movies of present day and there's more than a whiff of glorious Victoriana about the novel's setting and its story-line. "Shiverton Hall" reminded me why horror can be so fantastic when it's done right. A shiver-inducing ride through the most atmospheric boarding school since Hogwarts and a stunning debut novel, "Shiverton Hall" is ghost stories like they should be. Fantastic characters, beautiful writing and good old fashioned thrills.
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My friend's 13-year-old son who loves to read all kinds of books suggested me to read this book, and, he said it scared him a little and so I thought it would be worth checking out.

At first I couldn't help comparing it to Harry Potter and indeed there are a few similarities; young boy gets an invite to join a school he has never heard of, both he and the school have a `dark' past, the main character is a young teenage boy who becomes close friends with another boy and a girl, the teachers are called professors, and there is a bully with two cronies. However, that is where the similarities end. This book is a lot darker than the HP books and, my friend's son was right, it is quite scary. We are told a lot of dark short stories by `George' one of the main character's (Arthur) friends; the short stories are quite chilling.

The main story to this novel centres around a phantasm that takes on the appearance of the imaginary friends some of these kids had as young children and it tries to get them to harm themselves.

The novel end was quite sudden and the whole thing was quite well written and obviously aimed at young teenagers as the plots were not intricate and it was an easy read.

An enjoyable book that I finished vary quickly and would definitely buy and read any sequel.

Note on the Kindle version: No proplems whatsoever.
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