The Turnkey of Highgate Cemetery

By Allison Rushby

History and mystery wrapped in a thrilling supernatural plot, The Turnkey of Highgate Cemetery will grab 9+ readers.

Flossie Birdwhistle is the Turnkey at London's Highgate Cemetery. As Turnkey, Flossie must ensure all the souls in the cemetery stay at rest. This is a difficult job at the best of times for a twelve-year-old ghost, but it is World War II and each night enemy bombers hammer London. Even the dead are unsettled. When Flossie encounters the ghost of a German soldier carrying a mysterious object, she becomes suspicious. What is he up to? Before long, Flossie uncovers a sinister plot that could result in the destruction of not only her cemetery, but also her beloved country. Can Flossie stop him before it is too late?

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406374353
  • Published: 05 Sep 2019
  • Price: £6.99
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  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 256

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'Allison Rushby cleverly weaves a supernatural plot into a page-turning mystery with a fresh historical perspective and a strong heroine at its centre.' Books+Publishing

'Nothing can stop Flossie – not even being dead. A wonderfully ghostly and gothic tale.' Carole Wilkinson

'The Turnkey is full of research potential for the classroom or out of personal interest. Allison Rushby has cleverly woven accurate historical details, places, people and objects such as the Holy Grail and Mayan crystal skulls, through the gentle but fast-moving narrative. Highly recommended – even if you don’t like ghosts. Actually I feel bad even saying that, Flossie was absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure we would be friends, if she existed, which I kind of hope she doesn’t because … well …ghosts.' Children's Books Daily

'I am always on the lookout for strong female role models in literature and Flossie ticks all the boxes, especially her kindness; we could do with more kindness in life and in afterlife. Flossie is a character who many young readers will connect with, despite her translucence!' Children's Books Daily

'The Turnkey is a solid, original and intriguing tale that has the perfect blend of mystery, history and paranormal activity.' The Bookshelf Gargoyle

'The Turnkey is a unique and enchanting mystery for middle-late primary reader. Highly recommended for school and public libraries.' Magpies Magazine

'The Turnkey is not only a gratifying read for middle graders and above but also an interesting inference of how the second world war might have eventuated had there been more ghosts like Flossie to influence its outcome.' Boomerang Books

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