Viking, March 15, 2016 / ISBN 9780451476333 / 400 pp. / Grades 6 and up
Janet Fox is an author, mom, outdoor enthusiast, and former teacher. She’s been to the bottom of the ocean in a submersible, and had a brief fling with rock stardom. Her novels are written for children and young adults but have won her fans of all ages. Her most recent novel, THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE, is a gothic middle grade fairy tale set in Scotland and has received a whole bunch of stars, and the lovely Crystal Kite Award. Janet is currently working on a companion novel to CCRC, tentatively titled THE WITCH’S WATCH. At the moment she’s sporting blue stripes in her hair. She lives in Bozeman, Montana. Find out more at www.janetsfox.com
“Keep calm and carry on.”
That’s what Katherine Bateson’s father told her, and that’s what she’s trying to do: when her father goes off to the war, when her mother sends Kat and her brother and sister away from London to escape the incessant bombing, even when the children arrive at Rookskill Castle, an ancient, crumbling manor on the misty Scottish highlands.
But it’s hard to keep calm in the strange castle that seems haunted by ghosts or worse. What’s making those terrifying screeches and groans at night? Why do the castle’s walls seem to have a mind of their own? And why do people seem to mysteriously appear and disappear?
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 uncover the truth about what the castle actually harbors—and who Lady Eleanor really is—before it’s too late.
- Winner of SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award, Western States Division
- 2016 Junior Library Guild selection
- Spring 2016 Indies Next pick
- ALA Notable Books Nominee 2016
- 2017 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Shortlist Honor Book
- 2017 Texas SPOT (Spirit of Texas Award) selection
- 2017 Wisconsin State Reading Association selection
- 2017 Maine Student Book Awards list
- Booklist Top 10 Books For Youth Fantasy/Horror 2016
- Brightly Best Books 2016
- Bank Street Best Children’s Books 2016