‘The doors were all bolted and the windows all pinned,
Except one little window where Long Lankin crept in.’
Long Lankin is one of my favourite new books. It made it to the longlist of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2012, and frankly I was shocked it didn’t make it further than that.
It feels completely original, I haven’t read anything like this for as long as I can remember.
Inspired by the old folk song ‘Long Lankin’, Lindsey has created a good old-fashioned ghost story at its best.
Set in the eerie post World War II village of Bryers Guerdon, 9 year-old Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent away by their father to stay with their aunt Ida in the mysterious Guerdon Hall. But, there is a deep-seated evil lurking in the village, and it has been tearing the town apart for generations. Together they must uncover the secrets hidden within Bryers Guerdon before it’s too late…
A wonderfully written and unique debut novel, I was scared out of my wits towards the end of the book! Lindsey Barraclough is an author to watch.
Suitable for age 10+
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