The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Publisher: Firefly Press
Thirteen-year-old Lark is dreading her family holiday in a bleak Welsh caravan park. Mam is ill, Dad is out of work, and her little sister Snow has stopped speaking. To make matters worse, lots of other families are joining them, including Lark’s former best friend Gwenni and her new boyfriend Jake the Idiot.
When they arrive, the sisters explore the nearby woods and discover a desolate ruined cottage. Snow immediately claims it as their new den, but the house gives Lark the creeps. As the week draws on, Lark feels increasingly anxious. While she collects seaglass on the beach, she senses a presence hiding in the sea fog. Then she keeps glimpsing a mysterious girl in green, sending shivers down her spine. Although she tries to dismiss her growing unease, when the figure appears in Snow’s drawings, Lark fears that her sister is in terrible danger.
This chilling ghost story will have readers gripped from the outset. As well as the spine-tingling supernatural elements, this compelling novel contains beautifully-written descriptions of the Welsh coastline and wildlife, and also explores issues such as racism, friendship, honesty and trust.