By: Kaye Baillie
Illustrated by: Krista Brennan
Genre: YF - Children's & teenage fiction & true stories
Published by: Wombat Books
Published: 01 Mar 2017
ISBN: 9781925563016


A missing uncle, a scary aunt and a basement full of the creeps ...

Archie gets more than he bargained for when he stays with Aunt Ruth. Her spiky white hair looks like it's been through a storm. She puts things in her stews like devils beard and eye of newt. But worst of all, Aunt Ruth has a dark, creepy basement at the bottom of the stairs!


This is a mystery that middle primary boys are sure to enjoy, particularly those that have a good imagination!

When Archie finds himself having to spend two nights at his Great Aunt Ruth’s house, he knows it isn't going to be fun. He has always found her house creepy and strange, and now that Uncle Jock is missing, this only adds to his uneasiness.

He is convinced that she has done something to him or is keeping him in the basement. That would explain the strange noises coming from there, and why Aunt Ruth is so determined to keep Archie out of there.

But has Archie’s imagination run wild? Is he reading more into the situation than there really is? Only time will tell!

Reviewed by Sam