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The Ghost Box by Catherine Fisher

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Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. A wonderfully suspenseful and page-turning mystery and thriller rolled into one involving a girl, her step-brother, a boy ghost and an old knarled oak tree, with a clever and surprising twist at the end. Fear of a ghost and loathing for her step-brother, Sarah must make a decision that is life threatening, not just for her but perhaps for others too.


I have always loved ghost stories and I have always loved old trees. They both can only be heard in whispers and creaks. They are both tangled with age and secrets.

So I wanted to try and write a story about both a ghost and a tree. And when I’d begun it, other characters in the story started to interest me, like Sarah and Matt and how they felt about each other. Then the story had a new layer. A human layer. I hope you enjoy reading it. If you have any comments, my website is: I’d love to hear from you.

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The Ghost Box by Catherine Fisher

The ghost in Sarah's bedroom is begging for help. He just needs her to open a box.... can she save a soul, or is it a dreadful trap? Chilling supernatural thriller.

About the Author

Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher lives in Newport, Wales, with two cats. She has published three collections of poetry, all with Seren, and many novels for children, with the Bodley Head, Red Fox and Hodder Headline. She worked in teaching and archaeology before becoming a full-time writer; she is also an experienced broadcaster and adjudicator. She has recently taught Writing for Children at the University of Glamorgan. Myth, legend and spiritual concerns play an important part in both her novels and poems.

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4th October 2011


Catherine Fisher

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