The Ghosts of Young Nick’s Head by Sue Copsey.
If you stand by the door of a dank room, in a very old house, and your dog starts whimpering and won’t go in, chances are it is haunted by a ghost.
Joe and Eddy who are on holiday at an old house on the historical headland of Young Nick’s Head find that this statement is true. On the day they arrive with Joe’s parents, a wild storm erupts causing a power cut and they hear a strange knock on the door from an old man who gives then candles to light up the house.
The next day they are saved by the same man when they are trapped by the tide in some caves below Young Nick’s head. Who is this man?
When they find the name Tom carved into the bed in the haunted bedroom they decide to research the history of the house at the local library. With the help of the librarian Baz, they uncover the mystery of a boy named Tom who fell from a cliff during a storm in which a ship was wrecked. Was Tom’s father involved because he was suspected of being a smuggler and ship wrecker in the 1890’s?
When the boys find the words GO HOME written in blood in the Harry Potter novel being read by Eddie they tell their story to Baz and Joe’s parents and things turn sinister.
Will a TV programe on which Joe and Eddie appear find a solution to this historical ghost story and put Tom’s ghost to rest? How many other ghosts are there and are they connected to each other? Read it and find out.
Ghost stories and mysteries are rare these days especially those with a New Zealand historical connection. This is a good one for primary and intermediate students. I was particularly impressed with the research skills shown by the two boys Eddie and Joe and the use of old books in the library.