Author(s): Kate Constable
Something flickered at the top of the stairs. Eloise heard a voice call, 'I'm coming!', and a girl in a pale dress and a big sunhat came running, her fingertips slipping down the curve of the slim iron railing. Eloise went cold all over. She couldn't move, or breathe; her mouth was dry. At the bottom of the steps, the girl in the pale dress faltered, then stopped. For a fraction of a second she stood motionless, as if she were listening. Then all at once she turned and stared straight at Eloise. And suddenly the foyer was empty. The ghostly girl was gone.
When Eloise's get-rich-quick dad moves them back to his home town to turn the derelict family mansion into a convention centre, Eloise feels an immediate bond with the old house. She begins spending all her time there, ignoring her strange grandmother and avoiding the friendly boy next door. Then Eloise meets a 'ghost girl' who may or may not be from the house's past, and events take a strange - and ultimately dangerous - turn.
Beautifully written, poignant and gripping, this is a charming and atmospheric story of personal growth, overcoming grief, and the true nature of friendship and family.
Shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year: Upper Primary Children 2010 and Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia): Children's Fiction 2010 and Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Children's Long Fiction 2009.
A gentle story, written with compassion, which unfolds in an unexpected way. Carousel This is a delicate and nuanced tale following the gradual return to life of a traumatised and emotionally isolated little girl... Full of emotional reality, this book could provide a good starting point todiscuss family relationships, bereavement and grief and the wide range of emotional responses we all have. School Librarian
Kate Constable's novels The Singer of All Songs, The Waterless Sea and The Tenth Power form the internationally acclaimed Chanters of Tremaris series. The Taste of Lightning is a stand-alone fantasy novel set in the same world. Always Mackenzie is a teen novel published in the Girlfriend Fiction series.