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Elizabeth is a thoughtful, quiet girl, ever cautious and just a little bit timid. Zenobia is everything Elizabeth would like to be, and more: bold and unafraid and wildly imaginative. The problem is ... only Elizabeth can see Zenobia.

When they arrive at their new home, the imposing Witheringe House, Zenobia is convinced it's haunted and eagerly tries to contact a spirit presence. Elizabeth is relieved when her efforts come to nothing.

But then this dark and foreboding manor begins to reveal some extraordinary secrets...

Shortlisted for a major Australian children's writing prize, this beautiful novel is about finding courage, about friendship, about the power of the imagination. With all the hallmarks of a children's classic, this would sit on the shelf between Neil Gaiman's Coraline and Robin Stevens's Murder Most Unladylike. Jessica Miller is an outstanding new talent.

Elizabeth and Zenobia Reviews | Toppsta

9780571335732
  • ISBN: 9780571335732
  • Pub Date: 7th June 2018
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Imprint: Faber & Faber
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 240

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16th June '18
I read it to LucasChops aged 7 aged 7
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
5 stars
What a delight of a book this is.  Elizabeth (and her friend Zenobia) return to live at her father’s childhood home, after her mother runs off with a performer at the opera.
There is a sense of melancholy about the house, a slightly mysterious housekeeper and really odd gardener.
Meanwhile, when exploring the old nursery (despite her father’s ban) she uncovers an old family secret and determines to get to the bottom of it.
This tale is funny, slightly creepy and totally absorbing (even for adults).
16th June '18
I read it to Darth aged 9 aged 9
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
5 stars
Such an unusual, refreshing and gothic mystery story! The book follows Elizabeth and her imaginary friend Zenobia as they settle into their new home Witheringe House. Zenobia is on the lookout for ghosts and they soon find one in peril. We were so keen to finish reading this to find out how the story ends. Very gripping!
28th June '18
ashley626 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
5 stars
It took a few pages but once I got into this book it was amazing! Only timid Elizabeth can see imaginary friend Zenobia who is her opposite, being bold and fearless.
Moving into a new home which looks like a spooky old manor house they become convinced it is haunted and begin to look for spirits - even holding a seance!
Although Elizabeth is frightened she acts very brave and with the help of Zenobia discover the houses secrets.
This book is aimed at older children because it became very scary and creepy but I really enjoyed it and the story ends with an unexpected twist
17th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
5 stars
This story is great. Elizabeth is a quiet and timid person and Zenobia is fearless. After Elizabeth's mum left her and her dad they move to his family home Witheringe House. Here they uncover secrets. I like the friendship between the 2 girls. This story is creepy, and funny. I enjoyed reading it. 
24th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
5 stars
This book is gripping and I am looking forward to reading it with my class to inspire them for some creative writing. Great book.
19th June '18
Madmoo read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
5 stars
I really loved this book as it is completely different to anything I have read before. It was really funny but a bit spooky at the same time. I loved the characters Elizabeth and Zenobia as they were both so different but made a great team. I’m so glad I read this book as it’s made me really want to read more books like this as I loved it so much.
27th June '18
I read it to Ama123 aged 8 aged 8
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
5 stars
A chilling story with fun and a mystery at its heart. Right from the start we were drawn into the story about a girl and her imaginary friend. Elizabeth's father is moving her to his secluded childhood house. Luckily for her she has Zenobia for company. Zenobia is obsessed with looking for ghosts or 'Spirit Presence' but they find something much more interesting. 
27th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
5 stars
 I would recommend this book for children 12+ as the ghostly story of Elizabeth and Zenobia can be scary in parts for younger children. 
17th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
4 stars
I enjoyed this creepy tale, it's something that little bit different which will appeal to children who would also like the feel of Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book or Coraline (although I didn't think it was as scary as Coraline and would suit the top end of Y4 and into Y6). An early introduction to the Gothic style later developed in Poe, Dracula, etc.
31st July '18
Pickle2007 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
1 stars
I really didn't like this book because I found it too creepy. I didn't finish the book. I will try it again when I'm a bit older.
14th August '18
Bee read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Elizabeth and Zenobia 9780571335732
1 stars
I didn't like this book.
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