Today, I am sharing my review of Childish Spirits by Rob Keeley with you all.
When Ellie and her family move into Inchwood Manor, Ellie quickly discovers strange things are happening. Who is the mysterious boy at the window?
Although I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story, I assumed it would be a creepy ghost story, about a little boy, but it wasn’t exactly like that. I always find that child spirits/ghosts are a lot more scary than adult ones, so I was hoping to be really creeped out. Well, I wasn’t creeped out, BUT, this was still a nice little read, and for children, this would probably be a great little ghost story.
The start of Childish Spirits is your typical cliché. A mother and her two children, moving in to an extremely old house. The daughter, Ellie, sees a boy’s face staring back at her through the window, despite the fact that the house is supposed to be empty.
From Ellie’s first interactions with the spirit face-to-face, the boy seems like a bit of an asshole if I’m honest. One of those horrible little boys, who gets away with everything he does. He torments Ellie, causes trouble for her, and damages her relationship with her mother, all for his own amusement. But, as the story continues, and his past is revealed, you actually start to feel a bit sorry for him, and Ellie does too. They strike up a very unusual friendship, which constantly puts Ellie in danger, but she doesn’t seem to mind, as long as she is helping her new friend.
On top of everything that is happening, Ellie also has a strange woman haunting her dreams. She’s coming for her, in the form of Ellie’s worst nightmares. But, there is a connection between the woman in Ellie’s dreams, and the boy she has been spending all of her time with, and she is desperate to find out the truth to what it is really going on in Inchwood Manor.
I really enjoyed the different ways that Ellie discovered her answers, and they all tie up very neatly, with no loose ends. The way the story ends is rather satisfying to read, and I am glad that they got their happy endings.
I read Childish Spirits in one evening, and it is really great if you want a quick but enjoyable read to pass the time. I also think that children would really enjoy this story (It is categorised as middle grade).
A huge thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.
I give Childish Spirits a 3.5 star rating.