Hilary McKay (author), Keith Robinson (illustrator)
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A thrilling modern ghost story for 8+

Readers will be gripped by this spooky tale by award-winning author Hilary McKay.

This book by one of our favourite children's authors is so much more than a ghost story. It's also a tale of loneliness and friendship - haunting and relatable in equal measure, plus it's dyslexia-friendly and super accessible.


Jodie never wanted to come on the residential trip to the field centre. A loner at school, she’s forced into a dormitory with other girls from her class who don’t understand her and talk about her behind her back. Even though they’re not trying to be mean, Jodie feels excluded and miserable, and eventually escapes out onto the salt marshes in search of a little dog she can hear barking in the distance. But the salt marshes are dangerous and Jodie gets trapped by the incoming tide. Stuck in the sucking mud, will anyone even notice that she’s gone? And where is the little dog that keeps barking so mournfully…?

Hilary McKay is one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors. Her books have been published in over 30 languages and have won the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, and many other accolades.

Number of pages: 96
Reading age guide: 8 to 12 years
Publication date: 18th May 2023
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
ISBN: 9781800902206
Format: Paperback

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