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Chris Riddell's Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Children's Book Award. Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she's honest, she's rather lonely. Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they and Ada begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it's too late!

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This is Book 1 in the Goth Girl Series. See all Goth Girl books here.

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8th January '15
Read to a child aged 6
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse 9780230759800
5 stars
Boys stand to miss out on a fabulous book … if they think that the title ‘Goth Girl’ means that it is a book written for just for girls. As a parent of two boys, I am ashamed to say I might have judged this book by its title and very nearly overlooked it for my sons – but that would have been a huge error! The main character, Ada Ghastly Gorm, easily deserves a place amongst the coolest heroes and heroines of children’s books. The quirky umbrella fencing, vampire defeating, secret society sleuth with the very best gothic style, is easily popular with boys and girls alike. In this sequel, the book re-joins Ada at Ghastly Gorm Hall, where preparations for the Ghastly-Gorm Garden Party and bake-off are underway. Ada’s Father, Lord Goth is away on business from the manor, and Ada is left to investigate suspicious goings-on around Ghastly Gorm Hall. Unusually, Ada does this without the support of the secret Attic club society - who seem to have become very distracted by the celebrity cooks and talent arriving for the big event. A strange friend of her father’s, Lord Sydney Whimsy, seems to be keeping an overly observant eye on the party preparations and the suspicious activity of the estate Gamekeeper – Maltravers. The finale, and the resolution of these mysteries culminates in an exciting and unexpected event at the Ghastly-Gorm Garden Party. Goth Girl is a beautifully presented book. It has stunning silver leaf skull detailing on the front and inner cover and a bronzed scarlet edging to the pages, which made my magpie-like son pick up the book immediately and covet it like treasure. Chris Riddell’s illustration is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful and the book is jam packed full of the most exquisitely detailed black and white drawings. My six year old son and I poured over each drawing, examining each one carefully for detail and the creative genius of the illustrator. The creative ingenuity of Chris Riddell takes children’s imaginations to a new level. At times I was reminded of the quirky creativeness of Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland – in that Riddell creates a world there are such things as an ‘Unstable stables’ that shelter hobby horses instead of real horses, and of course…there is a hobby-horse racecourse! The culinary creations of the celebrity chefs for the bake-off also had my son practically salivating – such detailed description and vivid imagination into the taste of the Chocolate Finger-Licking Upside Down Cake in a lake of melted chocolate! This book fired my son’s imagination and led us onto conversations about what kind of manor house my son would create, what rooms and grounds features it would have if he could choose. It also encouraged us to think up fabulous culinary creations as if we were one of the celebrity chefs for the bake off. I read this to my six year old son and it struck me as an interesting book to expand children’s vocabulary. At several points throughout the book, we encountered words that my son had not come across before such as ‘impeccable’, ‘unfurled’, ‘curiosity’, ‘indignantly’ which we were able to explain and therefore increase his understanding of some more complex words. At no point did this distract from the narrative, and I was encouraged to see more complex words in a children’s book. It was a great prompt for me to introduce the meaning of new words to my son while we were reading. There were a lot of characters, but we loved them all. The quality and detail with which they were illustrated really complimented their written descriptions, and added to the feeling of understanding and knowing each person. The plots was well paced, neatly constructed and totally engaging for children and adults alike. There is humour there for the adults too in the parody of the celebrity chefs at the bake-off such as The Hairy Hikers and Nigellina Sugarspoon. We give this book five stars. My book obsession generally keeps me quite poor, but as soon as I have built up some new funds, I will be purchasing everything Chris Riddell has written for my son’s. We are new fans.
8th September '15
Elliemai read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse 9780230759800
5 stars
This story is about a girl called Ada who's mum died when she was a baby...  She meets a ghost mouse under her bed and together they save magical creature.  This book is really good and has a gear story I would recommend it to girls aged 9+
21st June '16
Gizmo read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse 9780230759800
5 stars
I love this book because it is my style 
31st May '15
neave08-from-aberdeen read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse 9780230759800
4 stars
I think the character of Goth Girl is very adventurous.  She is very brave and goes to the Attic Club (a secret club where they work together doing daring things).  The book is very mysterious which made me want to keep on reading it (I just couldn't stop!).  Sometimes it can be scary and it is always interesting.  It isn't really a funny book.  I really liked the Ghost of a Mouse character.  He tells you all about how he became a ghost.  I think more girls than boys would like this book, probably aged 7 and over.
30th October '14
Read to a child aged
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse 9780230759800
4 stars
I love the characters in the book and the little references within it that may appeal more to older readers or adults. The book is beautifully presented and the artwork is delightful. There is even a free mini book in the back cover called Memoirs of a Mouse. I was tempted to read this first but I'm glad I left it till the end. I would recommend this book to anyone from about 7 and older!
3rd October '18
I read it to Class6 aged 6 to 8
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse 9780230759800
4 stars
Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she's honest, she's rather lonely. Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they and Ada begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it's too late!


No matter what your age, there is a lot to delight readers with GOTH GIRL AND THE GHOST OF A MOUSE.
This short story is one of the strangest I have read for a while; the characters and goings-on are fantastically imagined. Illustrated throughout by Riddell himself, For slightly older readers there are many funny references to the golden age of Gothic literature.
I absolutely loved Ishmael, especially his own little book included as an extra at the back of Goth Girl.  Ada is great too, inquisitive and brave and not at all afraid of the many ghosties haunting her house. Also, she has terrible luck with governesses!
The book had a lot of characters in it, all shapes and sizes all very whimsical.
As ever, Chris Riddell's illustrations are stunning: imaginative and beautiful to look at. The cover art and hardback design are great - purple edges a lovely touch. A pleasure to hold and a book to collect.
I gave this book 4/5 as it was slow to start but definately made up for this in the second half of the book !
6th June '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse 9780230759800
3 stars
I read the taster edition with a view to using it with a Year 6 reading group.  I can see it appealing to more able readers, with its combination of sometimes challenging vocabulary, humorous storytelling and fine illustrations on nearly every page. Curious minds will find plenty to question, especially as we leave Ada and Emily venturing into unexplored corners of Ghastly-Gorm Hall.
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Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an illustrator and political cartoonist for the Observer. Many of his children's books have won a number of major prizes including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Go...

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