Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

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In an exquisitely chilling debut novel, four children unravel the mystery of a family curse — and a ghostly creature known in folklore as Long Lankin. When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Byers Guerdon, they receive a less-than-warm welcome. Auntie Ida is eccentric and rigid, and the girls are desperate to go back to London. But what they don’t know is that their aunt’s life was devastated the last time two young sisters were at Guerdon Hall, and she is determined to protect her nieces from an evil that has lain hidden for years. Along with Roger and Peter, two village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries — before it’s too late for little Mimi. Riveting and intensely atmospheric, this stunning debut will hold readers in its spell long after the last page is turned.
 

About Lindsey Barraclough

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Lindsey Barraclough was born in Essex, England, and has worked as a music teacher. Long Lankin is her first novel. She lives in London.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Candlewick. 464 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Children's Books, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The actual threat remains mostly unknown for almost the first half of the book, evident mostly in the long scratches by the door, the fetid stench of the church, the secretiveness of the villagers and, overwhelmingly, Auntie Ida's frank terror.

Jun 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Long Lankin

Publishers Weekly

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Something's wrong with Cora and Mimi's mother, so their father sends them to live with their Aunt Ida, and she is none too happy when they arrive.

Jun 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Long Lankin

The Bookbag

They don't know it - Auntie Ida does, though - but Long Lankin is attracted to young children.

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Long Lankin

Teen Reads

The paranormal scenes are creepy but relatively tame, and the author’s sense of humor lightens the mood along the way, while the mystery intrigues and fascinates.Overall, LONG LANKIN is deliciously creepy and infinitely charming.Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on September 21, 2012 Long...

Sep 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Long Lankin

City Book Review

Long Lankin is a book about two sisters, Mimi and Cora, and their experience while staying in a hamlet haunted by Long Lankin, a supernatural and ancient beast who seeks to devour young children.

Oct 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Long Lankin

Beverley Guardian

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The doors were all bolted and the windows all pinned, Except one little window where Long Lankin crept in.’ Here, he hovers around the graveyard of a decaying church in the village of Bryers Guerdon where young cockney sisters Cora and Mimi Drumm have been exiled while their mother recovers from ...

May 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Long Lankin

The Overflowing Library

The scenes with Long Lankin himself in were really creepy and those final few scenes were incredibly fast paced and I ended the book in a semi stunned state about what had happened!

Apr 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Long Lankin

Project MUSE

After making the acquaintance of a village boy, Cora begins to suspect that her aunt's anxious demeanor has to do with an ancient legend regarding the Hall's history, and an encounter with a ghostly woman and the grisly spirits of dozens of murdered children convinces Cora that she needs to get h...

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Youth Services Book Review

This is a spine-tingling story that uses a folk song about murder, betrayal and witchcraft of the same name as it’s background.

Dec 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Long Lankin

Horror News Net

But, this is only a children’s book in the same way that The Graveyard Book is, or Harry Potter, or The Golden Compass, meaning that it’s a book that adults can enjoy with the same relish as their spotty-faced progeny.

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Long Lankin

Horror News Net

But, this is only a children’s book in the same way that The Graveyard Book is, or Harry Potter, or The Golden Compass, meaning that it’s a book that adults can enjoy with the same relish as their spotty-faced progeny.

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