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Author of the week

Just in time for Halloween, our Author of the Week is releasing his first scary story, The Haunting of Aveline Jones, which is all about a young girl who is fascinated by ghost stories. When she comes across a book that once belonged to Primrose Penberthy, who mysteriously went missing, she decides to investigate her disappearance...

Watch the video to find out more about Phil's inspiration for the book, get to know Aveline Jones in our free activities and read two of Phil's short stories, The Boy on the Rocks and The Marrigan for FREE!


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Phil shares his inspiration for The Haunting of Aveline Jones and tips on how to write the most creepy ghost story.


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Phil's recommended reads

Long Lankin by Lyndsey Barraclough

Set in the 1950s, this is a dark and Gothic tale about two sisters that find themselves uncovering the connection their family has to a very scary piece of local folklore. It’s a slow build mystery with lots of intriguing clues that will soon have you glancing nervously over your shoulder.

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

This is a blend of fantasy and mystery that imagines an alternative, London where humans and faeries live together in an uneasy truce. Bartholomew is a “peculiar” which means he’s half human and half faery. He’s always been told “don’t get noticed.” But when he sees a young boy being abducted, he goes and does exactly the opposite which gets him into all sorts of trouble.

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

This is a classic children’s book and tells of young Will Stanton, who finds himself plunged into the battle between the ancient forces of Light & Dark. It’s set at midwinter and is really atmospheric, with lots of magic and mystery and snowy landscapes.


Download The Haunting of Aveline Jones activities

Make your own door hanger to keep ghostly ghouls our of your bedroom!

Download the door hanger activity

Find out how to make your own scarecrow, just like the one in the book.

Download the scarecrow activity

Can you find all the spooky words hidden in the word search?

Download the word search activity

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