- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 730 (What's this?)
- Series: Rose (Book 4)
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (March 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 149260433X
- ISBN-13: 978-1492604334
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rose and the Silver Ghost Paperback – March 3, 2015
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A thrilling, page-turning roller-coaster of a story.―Bookbag
Very interesting and exciting.―Cork Evening Echo
The story proceeds at a good pace... Strongly recommended for pre-teen, able readers of fantasy.―School Librarian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Holly Webb is a bestselling author of over 80 books and was born and raised in southeast London. The Rose series stems from a childhood love of historical novels and the wish that animals really could talk. Before deciding to become a writer, she worked for five years as a children's fiction editor. She lives in Reading with her husband and three small children.
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Rose, orphaned and raised to be a servant, finds herself in the unusual place of being a magician's apprentice. In circumstances hinting at previous stories, we discover that Rose was found to have magic and, as the maid in the household of one of the most powerful magicians in the country, she is invited to apprentice. But when an even more powerful magician takes interest in Rose, the secrets of her past and her heritage are revealed.
ROSE AND THE SILVER GHOST is a fun paranormal children's story. Obviously part of a series, this story can also be read on it's own, but I found myself slightly confused trying to peace the story and the characters together using references to prior events. Though I have not read the previous books myself, I assume that reading them would clear up any confusion on how Rose's magic was discovered, and why there is a talking cat!
Even with the minor confusion, this is an exciting and enjoyable story, long enough for older children/young adults but still short enough to keep anyone from getting bored. The author is able to tell the story in a way that you can imagine the details while reading, a great gift when writing for children. The characters themselves are also interesting: Rose, with the mystery of her heritage, Bella, with her unusual gift, and Gus the cat - or is he? - make you want to read more about them and follow their stories into the future.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I thought ROSE AND THE SILVER GHOST was a wonderful end to the series. It stays true to the lessons Rose has learned about magic and responsibility. The events of the novel also force Rose to face the ways she's changed, and that she can never go back to just being a maid. I'm not entirely happy with the way she was forced to give up the last bits of her earlier identity, but she really isn't that little girl anymore. ROSE AND THE SILVER GHOST also continues the darker direction that started in the third book, although the story is still appropriate for younger children. There are some things they might find scary.
I will miss Rose, Freddie, Bella, and Bill. All four children had distinct, memorable personalities and worked so well together. Then there was Gus. I can think of very few books that wouldn't be improved with the addition of a talking cat. It's just common sense.
I doubt ROSE AND THE SILVER GHOST would be that exciting for anyone who hasn't read the first three books on gone on this journey with Rose. But these books are short and delightful, so there's no reason not to catch up now that the entire series is available in the US.
What I liked: Rose and the Silver Ghost was so much fun! Even I couldn’t put it down! I really enjoyed not only the plot but the characters. It was fun and imaginative – I’ve not read anything like this before!
One of my favorite things about this is how Ms. Webb builds vocabulary. Without being preachy, she uses uncommon vocabulary and then explains it in such a way that it feels like part of the story and not a lesson.
Although this is intended for middle-graders, it’s appropriate for younger readers and many would love to have it read to them!!
What I didn’t like: The beginning of Rose and the Silver Ghost was quite confusing. I think that Ms. Webb is trying to catch us up on what happened in the other books so this can be a stand-alone read but, there is a LOT of info and it’s a bit confusing until we get into the meat of the story.
Author: Holly Webb
Source: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky via Netgalley