The Whitby Witches (Whitby, Book 1)

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This series relates the adventures of two orphans, Jennet and Ben. Living in the town of Whitby, they become embroiled in the lives of the fisherfolk - strange creatures whose existence is under threat from deadly enemies.

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About the Author:

Robin Jarvis started writing in 1988 and quickly became a bestselling author with his Deptford Mice and Whitby Witches series. Before becoming an author, Robin was a model maker for TV and films. He has been shortlisted for the Carnegie and Smarties Awards, and won the Lancashire Libraries Book of the Year Award. Robin lives and works in Greenwich, London. You can find out more at or follow him on Twitter @robinjarvis1963

From School Library Journal:

Grade 5-8–Ben, 8, and Jennet, 12, have been bouncing in and out of various foster homes for the past two years because of Ben's unique ability–he sees ghosts. They are now being sent to an old friend of their deceased parents and are determined to make this home permanent. As part of that goal, Ben is supposed to hide his gift and not do anything weird. Then they meet their foster parent, 92-year-old Alice Boston. She is eccentric and loving, and accepts Ben's power without a blink–until an evil force appears, and her friends begin dying one by one. It is then up to Alice and the children to save the town and themselves. Witches is a dark but delightful read that involves ghosts, evil magicians (and good ones), and an ancient curse. There is just the right amount of suspense to make the book creepy, but not enough to make it truly scary for younger readers. The characters are believable and likable, and Jarvis has easily straddled the line between (mild) horror and fantasy. Give this to lovers of R. L. Stine for an equally satisfying but more challenging read.–Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
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