Released on 09 October 2014.

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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

4.01 based on 1772 ratings & 289 reviews on Goodreads.com

2015 Short-listed

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

2014 Winner

Costa Children's Book Award

2013 Short-listed

National Book Awards Children's Book of the Year Award

Synopsis

Chris Riddell's Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Children's Book Award.

Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she's honest, she's rather lonely.

Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house and, together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael, the three children begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it's too late!

In the media

Through its entertaining play of surface trappings, the book opens out into a varied network of gothic texts that lead the reader down several enticing garden paths - reminiscent of the overgrown gardens that surround Ghastly-Gorm Hall itself. I urge readers to give into the temptations offered by the sumptuous packaging, and enter the delightfully silly world of Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. Have fun exploring!
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All you need to do is set your eyes upon Goth Girl to know that you will be in for a treat. With its purple gilt edges, and silver foil skulls lining the endpapers, Macmillan Children's Books have certainly done a fantastic job of capturing the magic of this story. Riddell's book stands out as a thing of beauty, which is something that this King of Illustration deserves for his work.
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I'm sure this will become a cherished book and will be opened more than once.
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