The Ash House
Dom names Sol after one of the Nicenesses which The Ash House children are taught by the Headmaster. It seems everything about this strange place has been set in place by the Headmaster. What’s more, each of the children live by his creed, unquestioningly, from their lessons to the chores that each is set.
There is some unease at Sol’s arrival. Not only do his questions unnerve the other children, but then evidence of his pain. Dom encourages him to hide his illness. Yet it is increasingly difficult. What’s more, when the Doctor appears, keen to listen to Sol and then ‘cure’ his pain, Sol does not hear the other children’s advice. It is only in the aftermath of his surgery that he begins to realise truths.
Yet do the other children? They seem to be caught up in the mystery of the house, from the healing of its ash to the keeping of the Shucks. What’s more, they’re determined that the Headmaster will return. After all doesn’t he always phone every day, though the calls stop with the arrival of Sol….
Debut novelist Angharad Walker offers a truly gripping, scary, clever and convincing novel. The Ash House is not for the faint-hearted, from middle grade reader to Bookwagon bookseller. Yet it is for any reader who appreciates confident, entrancing and wonderful storytelling!
The Ash House