Wednesday, 14 October 2009

The Raven Mysteries: Ghosts and Gadgets by Marcus Sedgwick

From Amazon: Does my beak look wonky? Edgar's battered beak is nothing to crow about. He's so preoccupied that when Cudweed sees a guh..., a guh...You-Know-What, Edgar almosts forgets that he's the Guardian of Otherhand Castle. But the rumblings and wailing from the Lost South Wing can no longer be ignored. Lord Valevine is busy trying to save the family from destitution with his latest Gold-detecting-Gadget, so it's up to Solstice and Edgar to go ghost-hunting, and pit their wits against the obnoxious Captain Spookini.

The only word I can use to adequately describe The Raven Mysteries series is 'hilarious'. This second installment includes creepy ghosts and useless gadgets, and a plethora of characters that get more likable with each chapter.

Cudweed and Co. are up to their usual antics at Castle Otherhand, with poor Edgar the raven putting his life in danger everytime he nears Fellah, Cudweed's nasty little pet monkey. Add in some mysterious ghouls and a strange ghost hunter, and things really do get strange for the Otherhand family. Sounds absurd? It is -- but in a good way.

I didn't think I'd enjoy these books as much as I do, and I'm so glad I gave them a chance. I just know that when I need something fun to read, this series will be the first that I turn to. They're kooky and cool, and definitely not just for younger readers.


So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds like such a fun series. Glad you enjoyed it so much!

Becky said...

Jenny, on your advice I recommended this series to a colleague at work for our top ten books for year 5s. I looked on the Bloomsbury website and there was a quote from your review of Flood and Fang. How cool!

Chicklish said...

Great review - it sounds like loads of fun!

Kate said...

This sounds like a really fun series. Great review!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

This book sounds fun! I really need to check it out. I think my 7th graders would enjoy it as well.