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Little Tiger Press Group
Paperback / softback
The much-anticipated prequel to the bestselling FROZEN CHARLOTTE. Following the death of her mother in a terrible fire, Jemima flees to the remote Isle of Skye, to take up a job at a school for girls. There she finds herself tormented by the mystery of what really happened that night.
Then Jemima receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender and she begins to remember - a seance with the dolls, a violent argument with her step-father and the inferno that destroyed their home. And when it seems that the dolls are triggering a series of accidents at the school, Jemima realizes she must stop the demonic spirits possessing the dolls - whatever it takes.
Miss Black, a recently orphaned 17 year old, arrives at Dunvegan School for Girls to take up her post as assistant schoolmistress. Unwelcomed by the staff and horrified at the punishments meted out to the frightened pupils, she is determined to make their life better and help Estella, a supposed compulsive liar. Reunited with her oldest friend, Henry, Miss Black feels she may be able to turn her life around after the horrifying events of her past. Unfortunately the arrival of a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls soon brings chaos, horror and death to the school and back into Miss Black's life.
Charlotte Says is the prequel to the brilliant Frozen Charlotte, and does not disappoint. If anything, it is even more horrifying and brutal. The book is told with interspersed chapters about the past as Miss Black tries to figure out the terrible events she has left behind. The Frozen Charlottes and how they affect the children are horrifying as is the past, once it is revealed. I am sure students will find this book compelling reading even if it may scare them half to death! It is definitely an older read due to the nature of the horror and although there is a hint of romance, this is a supernatural thriller through and through.
Recommended. 353 pages / Reviewed by Lorraine Ansell, school librarian.
Suggested Reading Age 14+