Friday, August 7, 2015

Book Review: Gargoyle Hall: An Araminta Spookie Adventure

Gargoyle Hall: An Araminta Spookie Adventure
Angie Sage
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2015
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4/5

In Gargoyle Hall by Angie Sage, Araminta Spookie seems to get herself into trouble an awful lot--but that's only because she's solving a mystery and no one else seems concerned.  Actually there are many mysteries she's working on in this book.  With her sidekick Wanda, Araminta is determined to find out why her Uncle Drac isn't sleeping in the attic with his bats anymore.  Unfortunately her plans are ruined when her Aunt Tabby decides to send her to Gargoyle Hall for Girls.  When she arrives, Araminta discovers another mystery waiting for her to solve it, because a Chief Detective is always on the case.

I thought this was really cute!  Araminta will have a lot of appeal for younger readers as she expresses her annoyance with adults and their strange social rules. She has her heart in the right place and is always trying to help, but something usually goes wrong.

When I requested this, I had no idea it was part of a series.  I just thought it looked like a book my students might enjoy and I might want in my classroom.  As soon as I realized that it was part of a series of books, I was worried that I might not be able to follow along, but the story stands on it own.  Despite that, I thought there were probably a few things I would have gotten out of knowing the back story for all the characters, especially in the relationships Araminta has with different characters.

Gargoyle Hall is a great book for readers around grades 4-6.  It's a bit spooky with beasts and ghosts, but no scary, adding to the mystery and Araminta's quest to discover the truth.  The mysteries unfold with hints as she discovers clues and hones in on her Prime Suspects.  It's a fun and entertaining read and will be available on August 11, 2015.

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