Still Water

Still Water

By Author / Illustrator

Chris Priestley, Chris Priestley



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Barrington Stoke Ltd




Paperback / softback




Evacuated from London at the outbreak of war, Rosie is taken in by kind Mrs Taylor and her daughter Mary. But all is not as it seems. Mary resents and bullies Rosie, and Mrs Taylor is hiding a dark secret. When Rosie comes across a strange girl swimming in a local pond, she hopes they will become friends. But instead her appearance leads to a horrifying revelation that will have terrifying consequences... Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers 8+



Still Water provides a gothic twist on the evacuees of World War II. A really engaging read for young readers, this tale will capture their imaginations right from the start with the thrilling narrative and realistic characters. I loved reading this and have shared it with some of my younger students (ages 11/12) who have also loved something a little bit spooky. Author Chris Priestley sets the tale in London during the height of WW II. Rosie is evacuated to the countryside and placed with a family but not all of them welcome her. Rosie finds herself bullied by her foster sister Mary and soon all her friends have turned away from her. However, Rosie finds solace in a mysterious girl swimming in a pond. But not all is at it seems and Rosie, Mary and her foster mother are all in peril. This is a chilling tale and a real page turner. Rosie is a delightfully intelligent character and Mary is a true to life nasty, spoiled little girl. Readers will really empathise with Rosie, so far away from home and surrounded by strange circumstances. My younger students loved how the ghost wasn't the scary type; she was mysterious and eerie, fitting in well with our Gothic topic of the term. A great short story for those readers who want something a bit creepy. Barrington Stoke books are designed to engage all readers. With thick, sepia coloured paper and larger font, these books are accessible for a variety of abilities. A huge success for Chris Priestley. 112 Pages / Ages 11+ / Reviewed by Joanna Hewish, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 11+


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