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Text copyright © 2006 by Angie Sage
Illustration and cover art copyright © 2006 by Jimmy Pickering
Cover design by Amy Ryan
ISBN 978-0-06-077486-8 | 176 p
First Harper Trophy edition, 2008 (an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Suitable for ages 7 – 10
Rate : 3,5 of 5

Spookie House now rather crowded than usually, specially since the Wizzard’s Family move-in. Araminta who didn’t like the idea at first place, now enjoy it the company of them, and she not lonely as use to be, since Wanda Wizzard joining the game she invent on daily schedule. With Aunt Tabby busy on the housework, with the help of Brenda Wizzard (who better cooker than Aunt Tabby), and Barry Wizzard helping Uncle Drac on his businnes : a bat-poo fertilizer selling, so Araminta and Wanda can plays or solve the mystery in Spookie House. Like when suddenly Sir Horace (actually he is a ghost who live inside the armour-suits) act really weird, become gloomy and hiding in secret place, then Araminta and Wanda have new mission, to cheer-up Sir Horace. They think is must be connected with his birthday who will happening soon.

So both girls are seeks a perfect gift for Sir Horace. And while they busy in persue the quest for the gift in secret tunnels above the ground, something horrible happens. Despite Edmund’ warning (a cute ghost of little boy who act as Sir Horace’s loyal servant), this girls get inside the unidentified tunnels, and finding at the end, trapped inside the ‘dungeon’ who use to be as the place where Sir Horace and Edmund dies few hundred years ago, they not only trapped but also drowned by the seas who at high tide coming inside the holes above the dungeon. The only ‘person’ who knows those girls whereabout are Edmund – who unconsious fo a while, and by the time he wake-up, the girls already trapped so deep with sea-water. Did Araminta and Wanda will survive ? Or they will becoming a ghost just like Sir Horace and Edmund ?

Moral issue :
Is so sweet when Araminta decided to cheer-up Sir Horace and when they trapped inside the dungeon, the truth on the past life of Sir Horace and Edmund are reveal, I feel so sorry on Edmund (specially if you looks on how cute the illustration Jimmy Pickering made for him) – he dies in such young age to fulfill his duties even it must sacrifice his life, but he never lost his soul, as a ghost he is still very shy little boy with his grace manners (even Sir Horace sometimes act so horrible, but never Edmund). Taking the lesson from Edmund past life and future, I think those girls get the lesson on how worthy is life they taking now, even on the worse situations, at least they are not ‘ghost’ __

Angie Sage, the celebrated author of the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series, lives in a very old house in the west of England. The west of England is a Magykal place, with marshes, ancient ports, and ruined castles – just likie in Septimus’s world. It is a great place to live and write both the Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie series. You can visit her online at

Jimmy Pickering, studied film and character animation, and the illustrator of several picture books. You can visit him online at

[ more about the author, books and related works, check on here : Angie Sage Official Site | Araminta Spookie's Site | on Wikipedia | HarperCollinsChildrens ]

Best Regards,
* Hobby Buku * 

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