Araminta Spookie 5: Ghostsitters by Angie Sage

By Angie Sage

When Aunt Tabby and Uncle Drac head off to Transylvania, Araminta is upset—they're going to be away on her birthday. notwithstanding, whilst it seems that her almost-grown-up cousin, Mathilda, might be babysitting, it kind of feels issues could not get any higher. yet Mathilda's introduced alongside hassle: rowdy teenage ghosts, Ned and Jed, who hearken to nobody. it is a catastrophe! Can the ladies work out how to get Ned and Jed out of the home for good?

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Perkins must have heard the thud of Aunt Tabby’s boots rush­ ing down the path behind him because he sped up—but he was not fast enough. Aunt Tabby -27­ scooted in front of him and stood barring the driver’s door. “Mr. ” “I do not do errands, madam,” said Perkins in his voice-from-the-tomb. ” “Indeed I am, Mr. Perkins,” said Aunt Tabby. “And I shall continue to do so until you go and fetch Nurse Beryl Watkins. ” gasped Wanda. ” I groaned. There are not many people in the world who make Great-aunt Emilene look like a cuddly pussycat, but Nurse Watkins is one of them.

We peered out, and instead of Great-aunt Emilene there was Perkins, who drives Great-aunt Emilene’s hearse for her. “I mean that Madam is delayed in an unavoidable fashion,” said Perkins in his weird voice that sounded like he was locked deep inside a haunted vault. Things were looking good. ” Wanda made a thumbs-down sign. I made a face. ” Aunt Tabby exploded. “That’s no good. ” But all Perkins said in his voice-from-the­ tomb was, “I shall return with Madam tomor­ row. Good day to you,” and he walked away down the path.

For a moment I did not know what to say. And then I said, “Ooh. ” Then he managed to press the right button for once and the window zoomed back up. The hearse moved slowly away, coughing and spluttering, and the Batty About Bats! limo followed. Wanda and I stood at the gate and waved good-bye. The sun was setting and the road looked nice and spooky. I guessed that Uncle Drac had let a few of his bats out in order to get the suitcase into the trunk and they were fluttering -38­ around the limo as it followed the hearse.

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