Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

Chris Riddell

Ages 8 to 11

2015 Nominee

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

2014 Winner

Costa Children's Book Award

2013 Nominee

National Book Awards Children's Book of the Year Award

12 September 2013
224 pages


Full of adventure and humour, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Award – presented here in a gorgeous hardcover. From Chris Riddell, author of the Ottoline series, it is perfect for fans of Howl's Moving Castle and Netflix's Wednesday.

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 they and Ada 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!

Though they can be enjoyed in any order, continue this deliciously dark series with Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death and Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright.

A deliciously dark offering from the award winning author illustrator of Ottoline
[T]he most covetable book of the year. It is simply the most outstandingly beautiful piece of book design and production . . . This book is a triumph from an author and illustrator at the height of his powers.
I'm sure this will become a cherished book and will be opened more than once.