Books Like ‘Magrit’ by Lee Battersby
This book is an absolute delight: beautifully written and gorgeously packaged, with echoes of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book.Tehani Wessely
For fans of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, Tinder and David Almond; a haunting tale about accepting the truth about yourself, presented in a gothic gift package.Walker Books
A delightfully dark fairy tale, full of Battersby’s whimsy and charm.Jody Holmes
Gothic, supernatural, dark, evocative.
When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, he finds safety and security in the local graveyard. Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him.
Witnessing the turbulence and devastation of World War II during the London Blitz would prove challenging for any 12-year-old girl, but Flossie Birdwhistle is no ordinary girl-she is a ghost. Chosen to be the Turnkey at London’s Highgate Cemetery, Flossie has been charged with the special task of looking after the souls that reside there. When Flossie discovers the ghost of a mysterious German soldier, far from his home and carrying a strange object, she uncovers a terrible secret that threatens the worlds of both the living and the dead. With the help of the other Turnkeys, Flossie must unravel the mystery in order to save London.
Last year, Pierce died – just for a moment. And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John. Tall dark and terrifying, it’s his job to usher souls from one realm to the next. There’s a fierce attraction between them, which Pierce carries back into our world. But she knows that if she allows herself to fall for John she will be doomed to a life of shadows and loneliness in the Underworld. When things get dangerous for her, her only hope is to do exactly what John says. Can she trust a guy who lives for the dead? Inspired by Greek myth, Abandon is the first in a darkly romantic trilogy from Meg Cabot, creator of The Princess Diaries.
When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in… For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
Dumped in the River Charon, hunted by an accursed river creature and betrayed by the wicked Matron Pluckrose, Tensy Farlow is in mortal danger. She has no parents. Worse still, she has no guardian angel. When she is thrown into the Home for Mislaid Children – a gloomy orphanage where ravens attack, Watchers hover over your bed, and even the angels cannot be trusted – it seems that all hope is lost. Yet could it be that a plucky, flame-haired orphan with a mysterious past is precisely what this dark world needs?
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
Ben Harvester is a talented young sketcher with a leaning to drawing in graveyards. One day he meets Mr October in Highgate Cemetery, and the meeting changes his life. Slowly he gets drawn into the Ministry of Pandemonium, which exists to see the spirits of the dead from this world to the next.
Hello, I’m Martha Grimstone, and I’ve inherited my father’s gift for music. I can play notes that will bring sunshine, breezes and rain, and send clouds scuddling across the sky. But I can’t turn back a storm. If only I can convince Grandpa Grimstone that I can be trusted to leave the valley. I know just the place where I can learn more–but after my latest catastophe three seems little hope of that. Perhaps Tillpill and Ziphwort will help me. . . . Whirlwind is a gothic fairytale about a whirlwind that refuses to be stomped on, two feisty Angora rabbits, and a disaster of exponential proportions that could be woven into something magnificent.
Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path. A half beast half man gives him shoes and dice which will lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery. He meets the beautiful Safire – pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail. He learns the powers of the tinderbox and the wolves whose master he becomes. But will all the riches in the world bring him the thing he most desires?
Raven is having a rough day. All he wants to do is sit in his belltower, marvel over his treasures and revel in the sort of refined magnificence he’s been cultivating for years. But if it isn’t pestilent pigeons and beady-eyed weatherhens annoying him, it’s those humans tramping about all among his graves. Soon he’s forced to deal with a man stuck up a tree, a lovesick scarecrow and an ancient ghost who doesn’t quite understand his job description. And re-unite a little girl with her dead brother. And stop a certain unsavoury character who’s taken a liking to the church’s donation basket. The list never ends for a raven of his pedigree. But perhaps he’ll find that all these types have got something to offer him.
Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past. Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he’s ever known.
This room holds secrets, and even if they are of the dark-frightening type, I love secrets more than anything else.When Lily Frost’s parents move her from the only home and best friend she’s ever known to a country town called Gideon, things are dire. Lily knows no one – but someone seems to know her. and that someone isn’t exactly the welcoming type.Upon entering her new attic bedroom, Lily faints. Coming to, she’s overcome by the whispers of secrets. Determined to find out why, Lily is thrown into the path of cute local boy Danny. He’s not giving anything away, so it’s up to Lily to make sense of the watery footprints on her floor and the cold air that constantly seeps into her bones.For Lily, life in this small town is about to get very interesting as she finds herself seeing things she thought belonged to the dead.
Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft and new friend Ella summon the ghost of Sir William Longspee, who may be able to protect Jon from a group of ghosts that threatens him harm from the day he arrives at Salisbury Cathedral’s boarding school.
Unhappy about his baby sister’s illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.
When Jessica sits down next to Francis on a bench one break time, he’s surprised to learn that she isn’t actually alive — she’s a ghost. And she’s surprised too, because Francis is the first person who has ever been able to see her. Before long, Francis and Jessica are best friends, enjoying life more than they have in a long time. When they meet two more friends who also can see Jessica, the question arises: what is it that the children have in common? And is it connected with the existence of Jessica’s ghost? The answer, when it emerges, is both surprising and moving — and leads on to a dramatic conclusion that none of them could have foreseen.
(The Raven Mysteries #1)
Meet the wonderfully weird Otherhand family and their faithful guardian, Edgar the raven, and discover the dark secrets of Castle Otherhand. Edgar is alarmed when he sees a nasty looking black tail slinking under the castle walls. But his warnings to the inhabitants of the castle go unheeded: Lord Valevine Otherhand is too busy trying to invent the unthinkable and discover the unknowable; his wife, Minty, is too absorbed in her latest obsession – baking; and ten-year-old Cudweed is running riot with his infernal pet monkey. Only Solstice, the black-haired, poetry-writing Otherhand daughter, seems to pay any attention. As the lower storeys of the castle begin mysteriously to flood, and kitchen maids continue to go missing, the family come ever closer to the owner of the black tail…
Laura’s house is indeed puzzling-an Italian- style villa of the 1800s built in a small country Victorian town. A town myth claims it is haunted by the spirit of an elderly Italian man. Why? And what is its history? One thing is for certain, Laura doesn’t fit in to her new surroundings, and her parents, a journalist father and artist mother, are too preoccupied to help. Leon doesn’t fit in either, a fellow student with a rocky past who is sent to live with his grandmother. Alienated by their classmates, the pair build a friendship tackling the mysteries of her house and its former occupants. While their determination and diligence with their research pays off, outside pressures threaten their friendship.
Thomas Timewell is sixteen and a gentleman. When he meets a body-snatcher called Plenitude, his whole life changes. He is pursued by cutthroats, a gypsy with a meat cleaver, and even the Grim Reaper. More disturbing still, Thomas has to spend an evening with the worst novelist in the world. A very black comedy set in England in 1828, The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher shows what terrible events can occur when you try to do the right thing. ‘Never a good idea,’ as Thomas’s mother would say.
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
From Tim Burton comes this magical classic about Jack Skellington’s dreams of being more than the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town.
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