The longlist for the 2018 Redbridge Children’s Book Award has been announced, and we’re delighted to see that Evie’s Ghost by Helen Peters has been recognised! The award, run by Redbridge Schools Library Service, celebrates the best books published in the UK – every school in the Borough is invited to take part and vote for their favourite children and teen books.
Part Gosford Park, part Charlotte Sometimes, and part The Go-Between, Evie’s Ghost is an absolutely brilliant time-slip story – spine-tingling, moving, funny and heartbreaking.
Evie’s been sent to stay with her ancient grandmother in an old creaky house in the middle of nowhere. Her phone is broken and she can’t believe how hugely unfair everything is.
Then, on the first night, Evie sees a strange, ghostly figure at the window. Spooked, she flees from the room, feeling oddly disembodied as she does so.
Out in the corridor, it’s 1814 and Evie finds herself dressed as a housemaid. Little does she know that she’ll need all her cunning to fix the past and stop everything falling apart in the future…
If you’ve not yet discovered the book, here’s a preview of the opening chapters of Evie’s Ghost:
And here’s Helen reading from the book:
The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony in June – congratulations, Helen, and good luck!
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