Review: Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie

Title: Scritch Scratch

Author: Lindsay Currie

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Kids

The Blurb

For fans of Small Spaces comes a chilling ghost story about a malevolent spirit, an unlucky girl, and a haunting mystery that will tie the two together.

Claire has absolutely no interest in the paranormal. She’s a scientist, which is why she can’t think of anything worse than having to help out her dad on one of his ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. She thinks she’s made it through when she sees a boy with a sad face and dark eyes at the back of the bus. There’s something off about his presence, especially because when she checks at the end of the tour…he’s gone.

Claire tries to brush it off, she must be imagining things, letting her dad’s ghost stories get the best of her. But then the scratching starts. Voices whisper to her in the dark. The number 396 appears everywhere she turns. And the boy with the dark eyes starts following her.

Claire is being haunted. The boy from the bus wants something…and Claire needs to find out what before it’s too late.

The Review

Scritch Scratch is a fun ghost story with loads of heart. It is the story of Claire who through no fault of her own finds herself being haunted. She tries to handle the situation herself but when things get to be too much for her she has to rely on the kindness of others to get her out of the mess. 

On the surface Scritch Scratch is a ghost story but beneath it is the tale of friendship and how everyone has to make an effort in friendships otherwise they don’t work. Equally that honestly is the best policy when talking about your feelings. 

Juxtaposed with these narrative threads is the real life story of a boating disaster that happened in Chicago in 1915. With Scritch Scratch you really are getting more bang for your buck!

Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie is available now.

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