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Macmillan Children's Book

The Ghoul of Windydown Vale

Author: Jake Burt

The Ghoul of Windydown Vale

The Ghoul of Windydown Vale

$16.99

About This Book

A thrilling middle-grade mystery from the author of Cleo Porter and the Body Electric.
Page Count
304
On Sale
01/25/2022

Book Details

Don't miss this book! It takes you to another world—and then terrifies you with surprise after surprise. Great ghoulish fun!” —R. L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street

In this action-packed mystery from award-winning author Jake Burt, Copper Inskeep holds Windydown Vale's deepest and darkest secret: he is the ghoul that haunts the Vale, donning a gruesome costume to scare travelers and townsfolk away from the dangers of the surrounding swamps. When a terrified girl claims she and her father were attacked by a creature - one that could not have been Copper - it threatens not just Copper's secret, but the fate of all Windydown.

Imprint Publisher

Feiwel & Friends

ISBN

9781250236579

In The News

“Don't miss this book! It takes you to another world—and then terrifies you with surprise after surprise. Great ghoulish fun!” —R. L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street

"Copper is happy to secretly dress in a creepy costume and lurk along the lonely road into the Vale—partly because it’s fun but also because, by helping to perpetuate the legend of a murderous local swamp monster, he’s both discouraging banditry and encouraging travelers to hurry along to the inn his loving parents keep. Or so he’s always been told. But then the arrival of a pair of obvious con artists posing as monster hunters exposes hints of a dark and horrifying reality beneath the town’s friendly surface. Here Burt really puts the swamp into swamp gothic (and the gothic, too), as he repeatedly sends his stunned protagonist diving into the glutinous, sucking mud on which the town is built (nothing metaphorical here!) to hide, rescue a companion, or, in the course of a nightmarish climax, discover a mass of moldering corpses. He also surrounds Copper with a vivid supporting cast, highlighted by a set of scene-stealing young triplets but led by Liz, the blacksmith’s daughter and a literally as well as figuratively sturdy friend. The agony Copper feels as both his assumptions and his loyalties are severely tested is as tangible as the muck in this magnificent, macabre melodrama." —Booklist, starred review

"Offbeat and immersive ... Chapters are short with cliffhanger endings, and [characters] are all memorable.This tale for middle grade readers has a vivid sense of place, an unusual mystery with genuine scares, and a satisfying, if bittersweet, ending that will appeal to readers looking for something a little different."School Library Journal

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The Ghoul of Windydown Vale

The Ghoul of Windydown Vale

$16.99