Finn, the spider lover, and his sister Phoebe move into a remote old schoolhouse on the edge of the moors. To Finn's delight, the spider psychologist, the great Dr Clinton, lives in the lair, the local manor house. Then, to his horror, he discovers Dr Clinton killing spiders in a frenzy of dusting and cleaning. Soon Finn too succumbs to the cleaning frenzy and actually tidies his room. Both of them have been trapped by the angry ghost of Lady Withers who ran a Servants' School in the house in Victorian times. Luckily, Phoebe and Dr Clinton's formidable aunt come to the resue and Finn wins through.
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Susan Gates has written books for a very wide age range. RAIDER, a novel for older readers, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Fiction Award, and her younger novel, BEWARE THE KILLER COAT, won the Sheffield Children's Book Award. Susan lives in County Durham.From AudioFile:
When their family moves into a former school for servants, Finn and Phoebe have no idea of the adventures that await them. Spider-fanatic Finn is overjoyed to learn that their neighbor, Clinton C. Clinton, is a spider psychologist. Phoebe is intrigued by her discovery of the diary of Ruby Dove, a Victorian-era servant. Narrator Russell Boulter gives an outstanding portrayal of the children as theyre overtaken by vampire spiders, as well as delivering excellent characterizations of shy Clinton and bossy elderly neighbors. The entries in Rubys diary give modern listeners a sobering glimpse of her simple but unfulfilled dreams. In a perfect ending, Ruby and her father get credit for saving the spiders with a long forgotten invention. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M014131074X