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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Janet Fox
Publisher: Viking Children's Books (Penguin Young Readers Group)
ISBN-10: 0451476336
ISBN-13: 978-0451476333
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Category: Middle Grade

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

Synopsis:

“Keep calm and carry on.”
That’s what Katherine Bateson’s father told her, and that’s what she’s trying to do: when her father goes off to the war, when her mother sends Kat and her brother and sister away from London to escape the incessant bombing, even when the children arrive at Rookskill Castle, an ancient, crumbling manor on the misty Scottish highlands.
But it’s hard to keep calm in the strange castle that seems haunted by ghosts or worse. What’s making those terrifying screeches and groans at night? Why do the castle’s walls seem to have a mind of their own? And why do people seem to mysteriously appear and disappear?
Kat believes she knows the answer: Lady Eleanor, who rules Rookskill Castle, is harboring a Nazi spy. But when her classmates begin to vanish, one by one, Kat must uncover the truth about what the castle actually harbors—and who Lady Eleanor really is—before it’s too late.
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Rookskill Castle has many secrets. Some, you’ll find. Some will find you.
Starred review from Kirkus: “An original, clever, page-turning adventure.”
Starred reviews from Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly
A Junior Library Guild selection 





“Keep calm and carry on.”
That’s what Katherine Bateson’s father told her, and that’s what she’s trying to do: when her father goes off to the war, when her mother sends Kat and her brother and sister away from London to escape the incessant bombing, even when the children arrive at Rookskill Castle, an ancient, crumbling manor on the misty Scottish highlands.
But it’s hard to keep calm in the strange castle that seems haunted by ghosts or worse. What’s making those terrifying screeches and groans at night? Why do the castle’s walls seem to have a mind of their own? And why do people seem to mysteriously appear and disappear?
Kat believes she knows the answer: Lady Eleanor, who rules Rookskill Castle, is harboring a Nazi spy. But when her classmates begin to vanish, one by one, Kat must uncover the truth about what the castle actually harbors—and who Lady Eleanor really is—before it’s too late.
Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Her published works include the non-fiction middle grade book GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT (Free Spirit, 2006), and three YA historical romances: FAITHFUL (Speak/Penguin Group, 2010), FORGIVEN (Penguin, 2011), and SIRENS (Penguin, 2012). Janet's debut middle grade novel THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE is an historical fantasy set in 1940 Scotland (Viking, 2016). Janet is a 2010 graduate of the MFA/Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she lives in Bozeman, Montana. She's represented by Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
janetfox3@gmail.com
From Kirkus: "An original, clever, page-turning adventure." Starred review.

From Booklist: "Readers will curl up and keep the lights on with this chilling page-turner." Starred review.

From Publisher's Weekly: "True-to-life protagonists, the skillful interweaving of flashbacks and the chatelaine motif, a masterful final encounter, and a satisfying denouement attest to Fox's craftsmanship." Starred review.

From School Library Journal: "Fox presents readers with a wonderfully paced, exciting story with enough twists to keep the pages turning. The strong female lead and adventure on every page will keep any reader entertained from the first page to the last."

A Junior Library Guild selection


"An enchanting, ghostly story that had me in its grip until the last page. With her courage, strength, and intelligence, Kat Bateson will become one of the great literary heroines. I rooted for her right through the last page." - Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The False Prince.

"With nods to Narnia, Harry Potter, and The Golden Compass, Janet Fox has created hair-raising suspense and drama. My heart is still pounding from this action-packed, imaginative read!" - Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky.

"Chilling, creepy, charming...a delicious read, full of twists and turns and writing that soars right along with the rooks outside the castle walls." - Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Underneath.

"Fiendishly addicting, with as many twists and turns as the sinister castle that conceals the charmed children and the chilling evil that first ensnared them." - Julie Berry, award-winning author of The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.

"A new classic: a terrifyingly irresistible mystery, full of danger, magic, and adventure." - Nikki Loftin, author of Wish Girl and Nightingale's Nest.

Book release party will be held at Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, Montana, on March 15, 2016.

Rookskill Castle has many secrets. Some, you’ll find. Some will find you.
Starred review from Kirkus: “An original, clever, page-turning adventure.”
Starred reviews from Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly
A Junior Library Guild selection 
  1. Jackie Marie Beyer said on March 17, 2016 at 9:06 am:

    I know it’s gonna be great just like all your others! Can’t wait to get my copy!

  2. Jonathan Strong said on February 2, 2016 at 8:23 am:

    Looks good! Adding it to my goodreads!

  3. Debbi MIchiko Florence said on February 1, 2016 at 11:08 am:

    Go, Janet! Your book gave me CHILLS! :)

  4. laurie anna said on February 1, 2016 at 10:12 am:

    I love anything with castle’s and mystery. This book is very curious and I would love to read it. Congrats and good luck!

  5. Suzanne Cordatos said on January 27, 2016 at 4:53 am:

    Hi Janet, congratulations! Love the spooky cover. I would have loved this as a middle schooler.

  6. Ruth McNally Barshaw said on December 15, 2015 at 11:38 pm:

    Congratulations, Janet!!!!

  7. Barbara J. Rebbeck said on December 11, 2015 at 5:27 pm:

    A lively way to teach children about evacuation stories of WWII.

  8. Debbie Erickson said on December 11, 2015 at 7:40 am:

    Nice trailer from a fellow SCBWI Book Launch Author!

  9. Eileen Beha said on December 8, 2015 at 7:01 pm:

    I’m adding this to my list of books to look forward to. Looks great!

  10. Ruth McNally Barshaw said on December 4, 2015 at 4:42 am:

    Yay, Janet!! Congratulations!!! I’m excited to read your book.

  11. Kiri Jorgensen said on December 3, 2015 at 7:20 pm:

    This book is a keeper! Creepy, exciting, and awesome!

  12. Theresa Nichols Schuster said on December 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm:

    Sounds like an exciting story…can’t wait to read it. Congratulations on all your great publishing news!

  13. michele corriel said on December 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm:

    Fantastic book! Love it!

  14. Linnea Heaney said on December 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm:

    I love the title, cover–the kind of book I would have read as a kid!

  15. Lin Oliver said on December 3, 2015 at 10:13 am:

    Just the kind of book I love! Intrigue, suspense, history. SOunds great.

  16. Lindsey Lane said on December 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm:

    So looking forward to this book!!!

  17. Kathy Cowie said on December 1, 2015 at 12:03 pm:

    This sounds terrific – on my to-read list now.

  18. Lynda Mullaly Hunt said on December 1, 2015 at 10:39 am:

    Woo Hoo! I can’t wait to read this, Janet! Huge Congratulations! Throwing confetti in your honor :-)

  19. Cathy C. Hall said on December 1, 2015 at 9:26 am:

    Janet, I can’t wait to read this middle grade! It looks charming! :-)

  20. Donna Galanti said on December 1, 2015 at 7:41 am:

    This looks fun and mysterious!

  21. Jill Esbaum said on December 1, 2015 at 6:40 am:

    Can’t wait to read this one, Janet!

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