When Lloyd moves to a new children's home he does it with trepidation. He's heard rumours of strange happenings at the home and sure enough the minute he arrives he's swamped by an uneasy feeling of chaos, suffocation and a universe that's not quite right.
This book is aimed at slightly older children than John kitchens previous novel and follows Lloyd as he unravel 's the mystery that surrounds sarson hall and finally starts to find a place for himself in the world. Lloyd is a likable and believable character and the story draws you into the dark supernatural elements in the story whilst chronicling Lloyds own personal journey.
A riveting read for older children and adults but to be approached with caution by slightly younger readers due to the darker nature of the story.
A Spectre in the Stones explores the relationships of the main character with both his peers and elders.He finds trust difficult given his unfortunate beginnings.As a former teacher John Kitchen shows a natural expertise in drawing out the feelings Lloyd Lewis is experiencing.Combine this with an exciting storyline involving the supernatural and a really interesting plot and you have a superb novel aimed at young teens which makes A Spectre in the Stones really hard to put down.This is an excellent follow up to Nichola's Ghost,the author's previous novel.
This is a really good for boys aged 9-12. The hero at first appearance seems truculent and unattractive - given his background that's hardly surprising - but he has an inner strength and integrity which grows on the reader.
Whilst A Spectre In The Stones has been written primarily for young adults, it's so entertaining it is an excellent read for all ages (and I am a pensioner!) Lloyd Lewis is drawn as a fascinating character - a young man who has spent a lifetime `in care'. He is angry yet intelligent, and his story is told with strong page-turning pace. One of the things that this book highlights is the strong leaning towards information - if one should one say education it might put some young people off - but the amazing historical facts that are revealed are so fascinating it draws you to find out much more about ley lines and the past archaeology of Wiltshire.
The story contains a range of very well drawn characters, both adult and teenage, with each playing a very pivotal role in Lloyds's adventure. It is also quite scary in places, with ghosts and unexplained phenomena, but it's never overplayed for effect - just to move the storyline on.
John Kitchen has written this book with great sensitive insight into the strengths and weaknesses of young people with troubled lives, and I can't recommend it highly enough.