Middle Grade Review: The Ghost of Midnight Lake (Lucy Strange)
About This Book:
From award winning author Lucy Strange comes a thrilling ghost story about a strong willed heroine who will follow even the most restless spirit in order to untangles the dark mystery of her own past.
It's 1899. The Earl of Gosswater has died, and twelve-year-old Agatha has been cast out of her ancestral home - the only home she has ever known - by her cruel cousin, Clarence. In a tiny tumbledown cottage, she struggles to adjust to her new life and the stranger who claims to be her real father. While adjusting to her new fate, she learns that the shores of Gosswater lake are haunted, and soon comes face to face with the spirit of another young girl who's soul will not rest. Could the ghost of Gosswater hold the key to Aggie's true identity?
*Review Contributed by Samantha Randolph, Staff Reviewer*
THE GHOST OF MIDNIGHT LAKE centers around the ideas of family, identity, history, and justice. Agatha's world was completely turned around when she learned she wasn't Lady Agatha at all, but Agatha, daughter of a goose farmer. It makes her question who she really is, and her new father isn't exactly eager to give her answers. She's also understandably angry at Clarence who drove her from her home (and then keeps harassing her afterwards). She wants revenge but, as in one of her favorite Shakespeare play's Hamlet, she isn't sure if revenge is the answer, even if it would feel really great.
With all her swirling emotions, her father and a new friend, Bryn, try to open her up to a different perspective and way of life. Bryn really challenges Agatha, and I love the adventures the two have on the lake and with the geese. Agatha's relationship with her father is less quick to bloom, but they have heartwarming small moments together where they really start to get to know each other.
THE GHOST OF MIDNIGHT LAKE is a solid historical middle grade novel about what family really is and how to hold tight to who you are when you're overwhelmed with questions over your own identity.
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