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Room 13
by Robert Swindells (more about Robert Swindells) 178/119 first published 1990
Horror & Ghosts for ages 9 to 12 published by Corgi Yearling
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
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Mrs Mad's humble opinion
7/10 This is quite a good piece of work.
What's it about?
Strange and ghostly happenings on a school trip away from home.
What happens?
On the night before the school trip Fliss has a terrible nightmare about a sinister house with a terrible secret in room 13. When she arrives at the hotel in Whitby, Fliss is worried by how much it looks like the house from her dreams. Luckily there is no room 13, or is there? During the night strange things seem to be happening and something weird is definitely happening to Ellie- May.
Is it easy to read?
A good read for a capable child, this well written story leaps off the page and into the readers mind. Descriptive and well paced, this book is just as popular with boys as it is with girls. As it is not too long it is a good confidence builder.
Anything else?
Won the Children's Book Award 1989. One of the things I really like about Swindells' books is that they are easy to read and not overly long. He manages to create atmosphere and suspense in a short space of time and never wastes his words.
Other books by Robert Swindells include A Wish For Wings, Abomination, Inside the Worm, Invisible!, Nightmare Stairs, Stone Cold, The Last Bus, The Thousand Eyes of Night, Timesnatch.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
' A splendid spooky story' The school Librarian.
And what do you think?
Lesley Milloy, London
Great book about vampires.
hannah, mundella
i like the book because ellie-may is very pale and it is scary and it gets us on the edge of our seats and we can"t wait to hear more about it
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