Gargoyle Hall

illus. by John Kelly. 288p. (Araminta Spookie: Bk. 6). Bloomsbury. Aug. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781619636262.
Gr 3–6—The latest installment in the series. Araminta, self-proclaimed investigator, and her sidekick Wanda Wizzard are suddenly confronted with Araminta being sent to boarding school for girls. She can't seem to find any reason why her family would wish to send her away. Her Uncle Drac has been acting very strange indeed and her Great Aunt Emilene is suddenly hanging around for long periods of time. Even her ghost friends Fang, Sir Horace, and Edmund can't give her any insight as to why she must live elsewhere. When Araminta arrives at her new home, she finds that the school is in danger of closing down due to low enrollment. Something very strange is going on and Araminta believes that some of the students may have something to do with it. Then the head mistress goes missing. Can Araminta save her and save the school from closing down? Araminta is a charming character who will engage and captivate readers. Half-page and full-page illustrations add appeal and help further develop the characters.
VERDICT This lively and mysterious novel will hold the attention of students with a passion for mystery, without being too scary for younger readers.

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