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The Rinaldi Ring
by Jenny Nimmo (more about Jenny Nimmo) 301/8 first published 1999
Horror & Ghosts for ages 10 to 14 published by Mammoth
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, Usually dispatched within 24 hours
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
10/10 Excellent work. Well done!
What's it about?
A moving story of a ghostly presence haunting a young boy who is coming to terms with the loss of his mother.
What happens?
After the awful death of his mother, Eliot moves to England to live with his cousins. Very soon he realises that he is being haunted by Mary-Ellen who once lived in the house, and gradually he begins to unravel her sad story. Down through the years everyone had assumed she had been driven insane by the loss of her fiancé, so why does Eliot feel part of the story is missing?
Is it easy to read?
This book will be best appreciated by stronger and more mature readers. A younger reader might need some support and explanation from an adult. A good book for reading to a class.
Anything else?
An incredible story of love and hate revolving around the terrible aftermath of the First World War. Jenny Nimmo has produced a truly haunting tale, part detective and part ghost story, which unfolds beautifully for the reader as Eliot discovers the strange and tragic truth.
Other books by Jenny Nimmo include Dog Star, Emlyn's Moon, Griffin's Castle, Midnight for Charlie Bone, Seth and the Strangers, The Chestnut Soldier, The Snow Spider, The Time Twister, Tom and the Pterosaur, Ultramarine.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Elliot, grieving for his dead mother, is sent to stay with his cousins. There he is haunted by Mary-Ellen, who was once kept prisoner in his room. The loss of her fiancé, Orlando Rinaldi, killed in World War I, threatened her sanity - or so everyone thought.
And what do you think?
At the heart of The Rinaldi Ring is the story of Eliot--an American teenager. The book begins with his mother's death at the hands of muggers and continues with Eliot's relocation to England to stay with cousins. His upheaval is as much for his father's n
Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
Eliot's mother has been killed by muggers, and he and his father fail to put any life back together. Eliot is sent to live with relatives and immediately finds himself caught up in a tragic story. Jenny Nimmo writes with incredible vigour and passion, sli
Zoe Louise Roberts, Alverton C.P.
I totally like the sound and the idea of this book. It really creeps me out even though I've only read a small extract. It's certainly a spooky story and I would definitely read more of the book if I got the chance. To me ghosts and haunting stories are d
I dont get the ending well i do but it doesn't tell you the big secret that Nancy Rose was going to tell Elliot just before Sam came in. Or the secret that Mrs Elsie Bean was hiding.
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