Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell

Arthur Bannister isn’t exactly keen to start at his new school, especially when he finds out that Shiverton Hall is a haunted gothic mansion. But despite a rocky start, complete with school bullies and a headmistress determined to ruin his time there, Arthur manages to make friends – a feat that hasn’t been so easy for him in his chequered past.

As the school term progresses, Arthur finds that Shiverton Hall isn’t that bad… until he and his friends start seeing things, things that shouldn’t exist.

This has the makings of a great new series for readers aged 11 and up who like their stories scary. With its boarding school setting, Shiverton Hall has a bit of the flavour of Harry Potter mixed in with some genuinely creepy moments.


Holly Harper is a children’s bookseller at Readings Carlton where she organises the kids and Young Adult enews'. She also writes books for younger readers under the name H.J. Harper. Find out more about her Star League and Bureau of Mysteries series here.