The Beasts of Clawstone Castle

Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

Madlyn and Rollo are despatched to live for the summer with their reclusive elderly relatives in decrepit Clawstone Castle. Their hard-up aunt and uncle struggle to keep the castle in funds in order to pay for the upkeep of their beautiful herd of wild, snow-white cattle.

The children hatch a plan to help out; they round up a group of gruesome ghosts to attract the tourists and, sure enough, the cash starts flowing in. But a sinister plot puts the cattle at risk, and Madlyn, Rollo and the ghosts must rescue them before it's too late.

Eva Ibbotson's follow-up to The Star of Kazan is on one level a humorous fantasy. It is also, though, a fiercely political indictment of animal experimentation, cosmetic surgery, and the destruction of the natural world by greedy developers.

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle is a quick, entertaining read, but it leaves readers with serious issues to contemplate long after the book is finished.

More books like this

The Star of Kazan

Author: Eva Ibbotson

Rescued by a Viennese cook, an abandoned baby girl is taken to the house of three eccentric professors, where she is raised by the servants. Then suddenly, her mother arrives to claim her...

Read more about The Star of Kazan

Which Witch?

Author: Eva Ibbotson

Arriman the Awful (Wizard of the North) needs a wife, so he organises a spell-casting competition to find 'Miss Witch of Todcaster' to be his bride.

Read more about Which Witch?

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...