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Eerie and atmospheric with a monster at its heart, this little gem of a ghost story is guaranteed to haunt you long after you've put the book down!

‘This is the entrance to the Witch Well and behind that door you’d face your worst nightmare. Don’t ever go through there.'

Night falls, the portcullis rises in the moonlight, and young Billy starts his first night as a prison guard. But this is no ordinary prison. There are haunted cells that can’t be used, whispers and cries in the night . . . and the dreaded Witch Well. Billy is warned to stay away from the prisoner down in the Witch Well. But who could it be? What prisoner could be so frightening? Billy is about to find out . . .


An unforgettable ghost story from the creator of the Wardstone Chronicles (Spook's Apprentice) series.

Reviews

Steeped in superstition . . . Will satisfy the most hardened fan of horror.

Amanda Craig, The Times

Spine-tingling . . . will scare even the bravest readers!

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading

Well written and scary

Books for Keeps

A perfect Halloween read for young readers

The Chronicle (Dudley)

Spine tingling story with many jumpy moments - not for the faint hearted!

Primary Times

Spooky, mysterious, with a good twist to the tale.

Reading Zone

An excellent book and one which would be wonderful for reading aloud at Halloween

The School Librarian

This grim tale is very handsomely presented and will appeal to fearless young readers with a taste for the macabre.

Carousel

Excellent for reluctant older readers.

Creative Steps

Deliciously dark and macabre... with excellent and atmospheric black and white illustrations throughout.

Armadillo Magazine

Eerie and atmospheric

The Bookseller

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781783443208

    December 1, 2015

    Andersen

    112 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • Hardback

    9781849397773

    September 15, 2013

    Andersen

    112 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781448187058

    September 5, 2013

    Andersen Digital

    112 pages

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