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 Gargoyle Hall : an Araminta Spookie adventure
 Author: Sage, Angie

 Illustrator: Kelly, John

 Publisher:  Bloomsbury
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 216 p., ill., 20 cm.

 BTSB No: 774532 ISBN: 9781619636262
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Mystery fiction
 Private schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Haunted places -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
When strange moans and clanks echo down the halls of her boarding school, junior detective Araminta is determined to solve the mystery.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 178147

Reviews:
   School Library Journal (04/01/15)
   Booklist (05/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 Gr 3–6—The latest installment in the series. Araminta, self-proclaimed investigator, and her sidekick Wanda Wizzard are suddenly confronted with Araminta being sent to boarding school for girls. She can't seem to find any reason why her family would wish to send her away. Her Uncle Drac has been acting very strange indeed and her Great Aunt Emilene is suddenly hanging around for long periods of time. Even her ghost friends Fang, Sir Horace, and Edmund can't give her any insight as to why she must live elsewhere. When Araminta arrives at her new home, she finds that the school is in danger of closing down due to low enrollment. Something very strange is going on and Araminta believes that some of the students may have something to do with it. Then the head mistress goes missing. Can Araminta save her and save the school from closing down? Araminta is a charming character who will engage and captivate readers. Half-page and full-page illustrations add appeal and help further develop the characters. VERDICT This lively and mysterious novel will hold the attention of students with a passion for mystery, without being too scary for younger readers.—Katy Charles, Virgil Elementary School, Cortland, NY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/01/2015 What’s a girl to do when mystery after mystery presents itself? If you’re Araminta Spookie, the solution is simple: become a detective. But solving mysteries at home, as Minty has for the first five books in this series, is one thing. Now she’s being shuttled off to Miss Gargoyle’s Academy for Girls. Fortunately, there is no shortage of mysteries at the boarding school, where the halls are filled with the moans and roars of a beast said to have chased off all the other students. Will Minty be able to discover the truth? Or has she landed smack in the middle of something more dangerous? Fans of the series will welcome the return of the dauntless detective and her eccentric family: Uncle Drac, Aunt Tabby, and sidekick Wanda Wizzard, along with the resident ghosts of the Spookie Estate. In her new environs, Minty encounters an unusual academy director, a curiously manly matron, and sinister twins who are definitely hiding some secrets. Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series is a good next step. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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