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Long Lankin

Barraclough, Lindsey (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Long Lankin


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When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their great Auntie Ida in an isolated village in 1958, they discover that they are in danger from a centuries-old evil and, along with village boys Roger and Peter, strive to uncover the horrifying truth before it is too late.
Authors: Barraclough, Lindsey
Title: Long Lankin
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. :, Candlewick,, 2012, c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Characteristics: 455 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: "First published in 2011 by The Bodley Head, an imprint of Random House Children's Books"--T.p. verso.
Summary: When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their great Auntie Ida in an isolated village in 1958, they discover that they are in danger from a centuries-old evil and, along with village boys Roger and Peter, strive to uncover the horrifying truth before it is too late.
ISBN: 0763658081
9780763658083
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Report This Mar 26, 2013
  • JCLBethanyT rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Truly spooky! I kept the lights on as I read; Cora and Mimi feel like real children--children who can be tired, spiteful or scared--and Guerdon Hall felt like a real nightmare--an ancient building, sinking into the swamp, its windows nailed shut and its old kitchen bricked up. Barraclough uses masterful horror technique in Long Lankin and maintains the chills until the very end. Fans of Shirley Jackson in particular might enjoy this tale of haunted gentry and crumbling castles.

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