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The Blue Lady

Eleanor Hawken
"A chilling boarding school ghost story that will keep you up all night..."
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A chilling boarding school ghost story that will keep you up all night…

Fourteen-year-old Frankie Ward is used to being the new girl at school, but even she is unprepared for life at St Mark’s College. Finding herself isolated from the rest of the girls, Frankie is drawn to flamboyant and dramatic Suzy, who captivates her with stories of ‘The Blue Lady’ – the ghost of an ex-St Mark’s pupil who died in mysterious and tragic circumstances. One night Suzy persuades Frankie to help her contact The Blue Lady via an Ouija Board – and the girls unleash a terrifying spirit who seems set on destroying not only their friendship but Suzy’s sanity. Determined to rescue her friend, Frankie enlists the help of Seb, a mysterious and alluring boy from sister-school St Hilda’s. Seb is as interested in St Mark’s past as Frankie – but does he have as many dark secrets as the school?

Publication Date: Thu 6 Jun 2013
ISBN Ebook: 9781471400919
ISBN Paperback: 9781471400902

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Eleanor Hawken

Eleanor Hawken spent her teenage years at boarding school, where there was many an opportunity to tell ghost stories by torchlight. After leaving school she went to university and gained a degree in Philosophy. She then worked as a children's book editor in Bath, where she was also part of the team that established the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. Eleanor devised the fiction series WILL SOLVIT and has written books under the pseudonym Zed Storm. In 2010 Eleanor left England and travelled the length of the Americas with a laptop; it was during this time that she wrote THE BLUE LADY. Eleanor has also written the SAMMY FERAL'S DIARIES OF WEIRD series for younger readers. Eleanor now lives in London with her husband and baby son. Follow Eleanor on Twitter: @ehawken

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I reached out and took her hands in mine, and we stretched our arms out and held them above the newly-made Ouija Board. There was a moment of quiet, where the hum of the lights and the whistle of the wind outside seemed to thump at my eardrums and make me nervous. I caught Suzy's eye and something about the look she gave me told me that she felt it too. Suzy broke the silence, "First we need to call the spirits." "How?" I asked. "We close our eyes and say 'Spirits come to us' three times." I tried not to snigger at how ludicrous it all sounded - as if summoning the spirits of the underworld was as easy as muttering a few words. "And then what?" I asked playfully, widening my eyes and smirking. Suzy chewed on her lip and looked down at the Ouija Board she'd just drawn, "And then we each place a finger on the coin and ask the spirits questions. If it works, then the coin will move." Suzy drew in a deep breath and seemed to steady her thoughts silently. Then her eyes locked into mine and gave me that mischievous glint that I'd come to know so well, "Ready?" she asked. I nodded. "Close your eyes." I closed my eyes and squeezed Suzy's hands in mine. We both chanted at the same time, "Spirits come to us. Spirits come to us. Spirits come to us."