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The Spirit of London

"The spirits were at work here, somehow.  But why?"


On returning to London, Ellie investigates the mystery surrounding 47 Foster Square.  Who is the sender of ghostly messages asking her for help?  What is the secret of the Meadowes family?  And what does Edward know about all this?


With her parents about to divorce, and her Mum acting very strangely, Ellie quickly discovers that a sinister force lies between her and the truth...


"I'm already looking forward to book two!" Jill Murphy, The Bookbag


Published 28 September 2015.

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'I loved the ghosts in this story, particularly the mystery of the antique vase, which I thought was very clever indeed! The dream sequences were fantastic too, described so vividly.

Once again Rob Keeley has written a wonderful children's ghost story and I can't wait to [get] stuck into the next book The Sword of the Spirit. I definitely recommend this one!'

- Secret Library Book Blog.


"This is an excellent sequel, and a flawless read.'"


"This is a great ghostly mystery story for children, giving a glimpse into Georgian times, slavery and the attitudes to mixed race families in that era. Although it is written with eight to twelve year olds in mind it is still thoroughly enjoyable for adults, too. I can think of many of my ex pupils to whom this book would really appeal. Although the main character is female, the nature of the story and action will also appeal to boys. I could also envisage teachers using it as a class reader or sharing excerpts as part of literacy lessons.


A story with well developed characters, an intriguing mystery to solve, danger and peril as well as ghosts, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this as a highly entertaining read for children and adults alike, a real page turner!"

Splashes Into Books


"A gripping, mysterious tale which is sure to get you hooked.  This evolves around Ellie who has moved from her gorgeous stately home into a grubby London flat.  But when her mum gets a new job and ghostly messages start appearing, could the spirits be at work?" Sophia, young reviewer at Linghams Books.


"There are a lot of things to like about The Spirit of London. It focuses on an under-explored aspect of London - slavery and black history, adding to the reader's knowledge and understanding. It has some genuinely creepy moments but it also has some great moments of slapstick to ease the tension. It’s an absorbing read but not an overly long one. And there really isn't anything to dislike. Recommended.' - Jill Murphy, The Bookbag


"Pulling issues of family separation, slavery and racism into the mix, this tale is an engaging ghost story for readers of nine and above, with a satisfying plot and clear written style...the scene where Edward apparently returns to life, and samples the delights of 21st century culture, is very entertaining." - Readers' Review


"A brilliant, exciting story filled with mystery, adventure and ghosts! It's action packed and well paced to engage younger readers. This is definitely my favourite book in the 'Spirits' series so far. Well recommended for older primary children and up, even some adults like myself. This series is well worth reading!" - Anna (BooksandBookends), via Goodreads





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