Ghost Club 2: The Haunted School by Deborah Abela (Random House
PB RRP $15.95
Reviewed by Vicki Stanton
In The Haunted School we once again join the adventures of Angeline, Edgar and Dylan as they confront problems, overcome hurdles and solve problems in both this world and the next. Our young ghostcatchers are tasked with working out why the ghost of a previous student is haunting their school and what she is trying to tell them.
I love how each of these characters have their strengths and weaknesses but it is more often in confronting their fears that they help solve the problems that beset them. This is especially the case with Dylan and Angeline. Dylan, a most reluctant ghostcatcher, usually finds the key to the solution. And Angeline, who is fearless around supernatural visitors but unable to talk easily to her peers, is discovering that she can make friends and deal with issues in this world.
Bullying and its effects are a major theme throughout this book. Angeline, Edgar and Dylan are the target of Travis, who has discovered their secret. Two figures of the past were also subjected to relentless tormenting with terrible results. However, the story is never heavy. There is a big smattering of humour and the tiniest sprinkle of romance too!
The Haunted School is a terrific read: fun and fast paced but never trite. The relationships within and the ending are tremendously satisfying. Author Deborah Abela knows how to write for children and the next instalment of this series will be eagerly awaited.