Quirky Times at Quagmire Castle

Quirky Times at Quagmire Castle

by Karen Wallace
     
 

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Quagmire Castle is the much-loved, but totally dilapidated, home to a motley cast of humans and ghosts. When it comes to saving the Castle from demolition at the hands of the the gruesome bank manager, Gordon Grabbit, Aunt Tabitha's solution is to start knitting. Fortunately, her niece and nephew, Emily and Jack, are determined to preserve their beloved home.

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Quagmire Castle is the much-loved, but totally dilapidated, home to a motley cast of humans and ghosts. When it comes to saving the Castle from demolition at the hands of the the gruesome bank manager, Gordon Grabbit, Aunt Tabitha's solution is to start knitting. Fortunately, her niece and nephew, Emily and Jack, are determined to preserve their beloved home. Meanwhile, upstairs in the attic, the whist-playing ghosts, Dudley and Delicia (together with their pet monkey, Powderball), can smell trouble, too. Soon, it's all hands to the pump (even if some of those hands are see-through) in an effort to save Quagmire Castle. And nobody could ever have predicted the chaos and hilarity that will ensue! This is a laugh-a-minute action adventure with as madcap a cast of characters as you're ever likely to meet. Another winner from the highly-acclaimed author of Something Slimy on Primrose Drive - which sold out in hardback virtually upon publication.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
When Jack and Emily Nightshade find out the bank is trying to take away Quagmire Castle, their home, their ghostly ancestors Dudley and Deliria spring into action to help save their family home. The ghosts, the children, and Aunt Tabitha turn the castle into a hotel to earn money to save the place, yet the bank manager and property developers have a plan of their own to make sure the new hotel fails. But the Nightshade ghosts do not give up easily. The overall story is familiar and cute but can get confusing with so many characters being introduced in quick succession, from the children to the ghosts to the property developers and hotel guests. At least three of the named characters are a bit superfluous to the overarching plot line of saving the castle and could perhaps have been left to another book about the Nightshades and their hotel. Also, the fact that the main villain is the bank manager is predictable and has been overused in children's stories for a long time—why are there never any nice bank managers? But all in all, the story is age-appropriate and enjoyable, especially for children who may like ghost stories, but not scary ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408165874
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/19/2011
Series:
Black Cats
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Wallace is an award-winning author of children's books. Her first novel for older readers, Raspberries on the Yangtze (Simon & Schuster) was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. The first in her series for younger readers, The Crunchbone Castle Chronicles, published by A&C Black, was selected for the Summer Reading Challenge in 2006. The Goosepimple Bay Sagas was a World Book Day recommended read in 2008 and Li Fu's Great Aim was chosen for the recent Boys into Books promotion.

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