The Ghouls of Howlfair by Nick Tomlinson

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The Ghouls of Howlfair

By Nick Tomlinson

Molly Thompson has lots of questions. Questions like, is her Aunt Carol an undead fiend who drinks the blood of the living? Is she secretly lurking in the attic? And is Molly’s friend Lowry a descendant of a long line of Kroglin werewolves?

Serious young historian Molly suspects that the creepy legends about her tourist town of Howlfair are starting to come true. But when her mother bans her from doing any further research, bookworm Molly and her friends – scatty Lowry and guardian-cat Gabriel – become covert monster-hunters to keep Howlfair safe. It seems that someone is secretly trying to summon Howlfair’s mythical monsters, and with the election of a new town mayor looming, everything – and everyone – is becoming increasingly suspicious…

I read The Ghouls of Howlfair a wee while ago now as the lovely people at Walker Books kindly sent me a copy and I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to feature it on Tales.  It is such a delightful tale with the most wonderfully, loveable protaganist that I simply loved every moment.  It’s everything you want for a young reader who loves a good adeventure story and loves ( or at least doesn’t mind) a little spine-tingling wonderful scaryness.

I adored Molly.  I loved her curiosity and her spark.  There is so much in her that young people can relate to and she shows that we don’t always get it right but we can do our best and that’s what counts.  There is a great deal about trust, friendship and courage within the pages of this story.  All this along with monsters, peril and a great (and very brave) cat called Gabriel make this is a super story and will be a perfect gift under the Christmas tree.

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About the author

Nick Tomlinson is a former English, Drama and Special Needs teacher, academic learning mentor, singing waiter and admin clerk. He has performed in a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe, accidentally camped on a military target range in West Africa and managed to pass his karate black belt grading despite choking on his gum shield. A lifelong bookworm, Nick has been writing stories since he was five. His adult novel, Saint Valentine, was published by Transworld. Nick lives with his wife, Jayne, on the Welsh/English border, near Hay-on-Wye.