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We love to celebrate the best in children and young people's literature so each month we'll be choosing a Book of a Month to share with you!  


This month it's the brilliant first book in a new series  

Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul for School 

by Barry Hutchison, illustrated by Rob Biddulph, published by Nosy Crow.  

A fantastic supernatural adventure with laugh out loud humour,

it's a suitably spooky read for October!

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Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul for School by Barry Hutchison, illustrated by Rob Biddulph

Denzel is having no luck with his maths homework. First, it’s too difficult, then there’s a terrifying mess of smoky black tendrils that wants to kill him, then two teenagers explode through his window holding guns and throwing magic. They are the Spectre Collectors, and spooky is their speciality.  Realising that Denzel has a special gift, they sweep him off to their headquarters for training. Tested with awesome weapons and ancient magic, Denzel realises just how little he knows. But there’s a serious problem on its way from the Spectral Realm, so Denzel has a lot to learn. FAST.


Read the full review here.

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