The Grey Girl

Not having read The Blue Lady, I don’t actually know what had happened to Suzy before the point when she turns up in Eleanor Hawken’s The Grey Girl. But having said that, I don’t reckon I need to.

Suzy can see ghosts. That much is clear. It is also clear that she is heading for more ghostly encounters as she spends summer with an aunt at her mansion somewhere in the countryside.

Eleanor Hawken, The Grey Girl

This could be a ‘period’ story, were it not for the mobile phones and computers. It’s got a very nice old-fashioned feel to it, and not only because the ghostly happenings hark back to 1952. It’s simply nicely basic in its setting and plot, and this makes the whole book a much more pleasant read than your average ‘teen angsty relationship and isn’t everything awful?’ kind of book.

It’s an adventure, Blyton style, with boarding schools, orphans, aunts to go and stay with and a picture postcard perfect village and church, and haunted mansion with its own resident ghost.

I quite like the cover too, which again harks back to a Blyton-esque kind of adventure (despite Suzy’s modern clothes), complete with attic and cracked mirror and tarot cards.

Enjoyable, as long as you don’t suffer from ghost phobia.

2 responses to “The Grey Girl

  1. The cover alone makes me want to read this! It reminds me of the Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville books ghost stories I used to devour in elementary school.

    Now I’m looking up Eleanor Hawken and all her books look really fun. I love me some ghostly adventures and supernatural zoology.

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