I received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I was not familiar with Angie Sage’s Araminta Spookie series when I received the opportunity to review Gargoyle Hall, but now that I have done so, I will be picking up the rest of Araminta’s adventures!
Araminta Spookie is a young girl who lives in a big house with her family and her friend’s family. They are an eclectic bunch, like the Munsters or the Addams family. Araminta always has good intentions, but she is also rather “spirited” and her good intentions don’t always yield good results.
In Gargoyle Hall, Araminta is sent off to boarding school. This frustrates her, because she was in the middle of solving two very important mysteries. As soon as Araminta arrives at Gargoyle Hall, she finds herself in the middle of an even bigger mystery. The students have been frightened away by a monster, so it is up to our intrepid detective to figure out where the monster came from and why it is causing such a ruckus.
This was a very funny book. Sometimes children’s humor relies too heavily on insults and misfortune, but Angie Sage demonstrates that wry humor can be just as funny. Sage’s Araminta is just delightful, and reminds me of Clementine and Ramona. Araminta is clever, and she is a loyal friend. She embodies so many positive qualities, and although she is opinionated, she is not outright rude.
I would absolutely recommend Gargoyle Hall. It manages to be scary in a fun and campy way, without being truly terrifying. This book is perfect for children in the early years of elementary school. My oldest daughter just finished second grade, and she also enjoyed reading Gargoyle Hall. We will definitely be going to the library to look for more Araminta Spookie books!