Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour by Ally Carter
Eleven-year-old April is used to being bounced around from foster home to foster home, so when she ends up at a mansion with four other kids she hardly expects to be there forever. Except that not long after she arrives mysterious things start happening and April suspects that the secrets of Winterborne Home, its missing billionaire son, and the key her mother left with her as a baby are all connected. Luckily, her fellow orphans include a criminal’s son, a young conman, and a genius scientist (whose inventions only sometimes explode). Together, the five kids team up to uncover the secrets of the mansion and the tragedy-struck Winterborne family.
I thoroughly enjoyed Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour. It felt like all the books I used to read and love when I was young: full of good (but often trouble-making!) kids defeating evil, nasty adults and it has a mysterious phantom to boot! I’m looking forward to the rest of the books in this exciting new mystery series for kids aged 10+.