Kid’s Book Review: The Ghost Garden

Kid’s Book Review: The Ghost Garden

About the Book and Author

From bestselling author Emma Carroll comes a powerful and spine-tingling story set in Edwardian England just before the First World War.

Fans of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden will enjoy the historical context and the garden-theme although the two stories are very different. This book is illustrated by Kaja Kajfež and published by Barrington Stoke who specialise in creating accessible books for young dyslexic readers.

The mother of our young reviewer said that her son could not put this one down. After it arrived in the post he sat down and read it from cover to cover. Please scroll down to read why he enjoyed it so much. It will be available in January 2021.

It is Summer 1914 and Fran finds a bone in the garden of Long Barrow House on the same day that Leo breaks his leg. Is this a coincidence?

From his wheelchair Leo tells Fran about the threat of war that is looming and the pair start to uncover the secrets of the garden…



The Ghost Garden cover
Emma Carroll author

Emma Carroll is the award-winning children’s author of Secrets of a Sun King and When We Were Young. Letters from the Lighthouse won the BAMB Readers Award. Before she became a published author she worked as an English teacher and then she qualified with an MA is Writing for Young People from Bath University. You can find out more about Emma’s other books on her website.

Kaja Kajfež is a freelance illustrator, visual storyteller, and creative thinker, probably better known as iz.ptica in the realms of the internet.
She’s been working as a graphic designer and later illustrator since her early teens. My artistic passion led her to get a degree in the field by finishing ‘Multimedia, Design and Application’ study at University North in Varazdin, Croatia. You can find out more about her work on her website.

Book Review

I really liked this book because it is spooky and scary

I really liked this book because it is spooky and scary. It’s set in the olden days and is about two children who go on an adventure to find a burial chamber. They meet lots of spooky things on the way back.

My favourite character is Leo because he loves adventures. He thought there was going to be a war and at the end when family read the newspaper at the end they realise he was right!

My favorite part of the story was when they meet the ghost army. It was so exciting when the ghosts walk right through them.

This book is good for children who like spooky adventures.


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Reviewer Profile

Young Reviewer Charlie
  • Name: Charlie
  • Age: 7 years
  • Likes: Adventuring, climbing and reading
  • Dislikes: Singing and dancing
  • Favourite Book: The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
  • Favourite Film: the Harry Potter films
  • Favourite Song: Jump Around by House of Pain