Some words about the Araminta Spook/ie series from Angie Sage…
This is a series of seven books for readers just as little younger than those who will enjoy Septimus Heap. They are funny, and not too scary. Our hero and general trouble-maker, Araminta, has the last name Spook in the UK and Spookie in the USA. Just to keep it simple, I’m going to call her Araminta Spookie here.
Araminta has a lot to say for herself but she is, even though I say it myself, worth listening to. At the end of Book One she meets Wanda Wizzard and a feisty friendship is born.
Araminta and Wanda live in Spookie House with various relations and numerous ghosts. In this series you will also get to know aunt Tabby and uncle Drac, who are Araminta’s long-suffering guardians; Barry and Wanda Wizzard, who are Wanda’s parents; Big Bat, Pusskins the cat, Nurse Watkins and many other oddly interesting people. I think my favourite is Araminta’s Goth teen cousin Mathilda. You’ll also go to Gargoyle Hall, Araminta and Wanda’s new school, and the haunted pirate island where Araminta has her scariest adventure ever.
Here are the titles:
Araminta Spook 1: My Haunted House
Araminta Spook 2: The Sword in the Grotto
Araminta Spook 3: Frognapped
Araminta Spook 4: Vampire Brat
Araminta Spook 5: Ghostsitters
Araminta Spook 6: Gargoyle Hall
Araminta Spook 7: Skeleton Island
And the UK covers (minus Skeleton Island)
Araminta Spookie lives in a wonderful old haunted house, but her crabby aunt Tabby wants to move. Aunt Tabby is determined to sell their house—Araminta has to stop her!
With the help of a haunted suit of armor named Sir Horace, a ghost named Edmund, and a lot of imagination, Araminta hatches a plot for an Awful Ambush that is so ghoulish, it just might work!
Sir Horace is about to turn five hundred years old! Araminta and Wanda need to find him the perfect gift. Araminta finds an ancient sword in a grotto hidden under her haunted house—and it should be a cinch to get it. But she wasn’t planning on the nasty surprise of a portcullis-trap and a rising tide in the grotto. Will Araminta and Wanda make it to Sir Horace’s birthday party?
When something’s amiss in Spookie House, there’s usually only one person to blame—Araminta. But this time she had nothing to do with the disappearance of Barry Wizzard’s frogs, and she is determined to find them. Of course, it’s not going to be that easy, especially when dealing with a crazy character named Old Morris, a dangerous shark, and a demanding aquarium show audience. Can Araminta find the frogs and steal the show?
Araminta thinks something horrible is hiding in the deep, hidden passages of Spookie House—could it be a werewolf? Add to that the arrival of Uncle Drac’s creepy nephew, Max, and Araminta knows things will never be the same. Max is Wanda’s new best friend, and Araminta finds him annoying. She comes up with a plan to figure out what Max is up to—and also to capture the werewolf. But will it work?
When Aunt Tabby and Uncle Drac head off to Transylvania, Araminta is upset—they’re going to be away on her birthday. However, when it turns out that her almost-grown-up cousin, Mathilda, will be babysitting, it seems things couldn’t get any better. But Mathilda’s brought along trouble: two rowdy teenage ghosts, Ned and Jed, who listen to no one. It’s a disaster! Can the girls figure out a way to get Ned and Jed out of the house for good?
When Araminta throws cold water over her best friend, Wanda, to disperse a crowd of panicked bats, it’s decided Araminta has been ‘helpful’ one too many times, and she is packed off to boarding school. On arrival, Araminta is surprised to discover that Gargoyle Hall makes her home, Spook House, seems positively cosy. Strange moans and clanks echo down the corridors and the two head girls are equally creepy. Most of the other pupils have been scared away, but Araminta senses that something – or someone – is behind the menace.
With the help of best friend Wanda and Uncle Drac’s prize bat, she is going to do something about it!